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London Eye replica proposed for downtown Atlanta



Downtown Atlanta could become home to a 45-story Ferris wheel ride called the "Atlanta Eye."

The Eye would be a replica of London's iconic wheel which sits on the south bank of the River Thames between the Hungerford and Westminster bridges.

WXIA-TV in Atlanta reports that an Atlanta law firm is spearheading the project, and that the group met with representatives from Atlanta's business community this week.

Merlin Entertainment, the owner of the London Eye, is said to be looking at real estate around downtown Atlanta. The Atlanta Eye would be situated near Centennial Park and the Georgia Aquarium.

The Atlanta Eye project is rumored to have a $200 million price tag.

London's Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, was built in 1999. A 30-minute ride on the wheel, which Merlin calls a "flight," costs about $29 U.S.

Merlin has expanded the London Eye attraction to include a "4D" movie experience, river cruises and an ice skating rink.

[Image credit: Flickr user David Prior]

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