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How the Capital Wheel stacks up against the London Eye


The Capital Wheel at National Harbor. (National Harbor)

The Capital Wheel finally opens Friday. Giant wheels spin in other cities — including Brisbane, Australia; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Seattle — but the most famous worldwide is the London Eye. Since we tend to beat the Brits at just about everything, let’s take a look and see who would win in circle-to-circle battle.

Height

At 443 feet, the London Eye beats our wheel by a lot. However, it’s only the fifth-tallest building in their city, so it probably has an inferiority complex that makes it easy to beat.

Winner: Capital Wheel

Circumference

London’s wheel has a circumference of 1,392 feet, which means if you unraveled it, it would be just over a quarter-mile long. Our wheel is too tough to be unraveled, so such silly measurements don’t matter.

Winner: Capital Wheel

Amenities

The London Eye offers special amenities like “Cupid’s Capsule,” which for the low low price of around $590 you get a 30-minute private capsule (with a guide, presumably in case you get lost), a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and a box of chocolates. Our wheel doesn’t have such things set up yet, but it will — and now that the gauntlet’s been thrown, our team has to top the Brits.

Winner: Capital Wheel

Capital Wheel, 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md.; opens Fri., daily, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., $15 (adult), $11.25 (child 3-11) and free for children 2 or younger; 877-628-5427.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film, arts and events for Express.

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