Giant Wheel (Gillian's Wonderland Pier; opened 1989)


Giant Wheel
Gillian's Wonderland Pier
Location Ocean City, New Jersey, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1989 to 2000
Boardwalk and Baseball
Location Haines City, Florida, USA
Operated 1983 to 1988
Replaced by Giant Wheel
Adolf Steiger (Germany)
Location Travelling
Operated 1969 to 1980
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Ferris Wheel
Height 40 metres

Giant Wheel was a Ferris Wheel built by German manufacturer Schwarzkopf that was previously located at Gillian's Wonderland Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA.


The ride opened at Circus World in Haines City, Florida, USA in 1983 and was known as Jumbo.[1] The ride was renamed Big Wheel when the park was rebranded as Boardwalk and Baseball.[2]

Following the ride's removal at Gillian's Wonderland Pier, it was reportedly shipped to a park in northern Africa.[3]


  1. "Ferris wheel fizzles in the rain", Tampa Bay Times (1983-06-10). Retrieved on 4 April 2022.
  2. "Newest attraction has All-American appeal", Florida Today (1987-03-29). Retrieved on 10 September 2023.
  3. "O.C. replacing Giant Wheel with bigger Ferris Wheel", Press of Atlantic City (2001-04-20). Retrieved on 10 September 2023.