The iconic Ferris wheel joins International landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Eifel Tower, among many others at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 31
SANTA MONICA, Calif., (March 31, 2012) --- Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier joins Earth Hour in “Uniting People To Protect The Planet” with a one-hour, lights-out on the world-famous Ferris wheel, except for the wheel rim safety lighting, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.
Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007, to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents, according to the Earth Hour organization.
“Pacific Park looks forward to Earth Hour each year to help raise environmental awareness,” says Jeff Klocke, Director of Marketing and Sales at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “Pacific Park is committed to being a leader in our community and industry for green initiatives. In addition to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, we recently introduced the world’s only wind-powered amusement park game. With these high profile successes, we continue to identify additional greening initiatives throughout the Park.”
The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel featuring 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that present dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment each evening. The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 75 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.
Pacific Park introduced the world’s first wind-powered amusement park game, the High Striker, on Oct. 2011. The 25-feet-tall High Striker features a silver-plated bell that sounds each time a guest is strong enough to strike the pallet with a mallet that sends the puck racing to the top. All components of the High Striker are now completely wind-powered including the chaser lights with more than 100 bulbs, multiple spotlights and sound system.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 18 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. In addition to the Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit www.pacpark.com, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook: facebook.com/pacificpark.