Skyview Atlanta plans new drop-ride attraction downtown

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Skyview Atlanta plans new drop-ride attraction downtown

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The owners of Skyview Atlanta, who brought a 200-foot Ferris wheel to Centennial Olympic Park, are planning a new drop-ride attraction for summer 2016.

The $5 million project, named Skyfall Atlanta, will be taller than Skyview and contain a thrill component, managing partner Todd Schneider said.

“It’s going to be a stand-alone attraction, which is unique to have in a major metropolitan area in the downtown core, and it will be the first of its kind,” he said.

Schneider said further details will be released pending discussion with city officials.

Skyview opened in July 2013, operating under a contract among Atlanta Partners Property Management, the Tabernacle Group and the city of Atlanta. The Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas, each with leather seats and a glass door.

A Florida tax collector filed a lawsuit against Skyview in June, claiming the operators failed to pay more than $350,000 in property taxes before moving it from Pensacola Beach to Atlanta. A tentative deal was reached with Escambia County officials July 6.

Prior to its operation in the United States, the Ferris wheel ran in Paris, across from the Louvre Museum, and in Bern, Switzerland.

The Atlanta City Council extended the city’s contract with Atlanta Partners and The Tabernacle Group in December, permitting the companies to continue operating through 2015.

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