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MONDIAL LIGHTS UP WINTER Giant wheels open in Paris and London

Winter Wonderland, London

It was a white Christmas this winter in Paris and London thanks to the Dutch ride manufacturer Mondial. We’re not talking about snow though; instead the white was provided by thousands of LED lights on each of two 60-metre giant observation wheels

ABOVE: Roue de Paris as seen from the Champs Élysées BELOW: Winter Wonderland, London

n the French Capital, the Roue de Paris operated on a prime site at the Place de la Concorde (at the end of the Champs Élysées) right through until February, where it attracted a steady stream of paying passengers. The 42-gondola wheel is owned by showman Marcel Campion, who operates it both as a standalone tourist attraction and as part of various fairground (or “fête foraine”) events throughout the year.

I Roue de Paris

Like other transportable wheels by Mondial, it is designed for fast set-up and dismantling. Trailers are coupled together at the base of the construction to act as a solid foundation and the masts are then erected using a hydraulic system, followed by the 14 spokes which are connected with a crane. Meanwhile in London, The Mellors Group provided their 60-metre wheel as part of the seven-week Winter Wonderland event at Hyde Park. With gondolas “wrapped” in festive branding especially for the occasion, it proved itself to be one of the event’s most popular attractions, with long queues forming on many days. The ride was also one of a handful activities available for pre-booking by Winter Wonderland guests.

An earlier model than that operated by Campion, the ride is re-sited by the Mellors Group on a semi- regular basis. Last summer, for example, it operated in another part of London in celebration of the Olympics and as you read this it is now appearing in the northern English city of Leeds. Prior to its acquisition by Mellors in 2007, the ride spent several years at the Fantasy Island amusement park near the English resort of Skegness. 28 MARCH 2013

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