The Orlando Eye Lights Up International Drive with new lighting system

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The Orlando Eye is just weeks away from its grand opening on International Drive and the giant wheel now has a lighting system that is going to light up the night sky on International Drive.

The lighting system has been installed and will be fired up for the first time on April 16 during a special event for employees, friends and family for Merlin Entertainments, the attraction operator.

Almost 64,000 LEDs were installed during the four-week installation of the lighting system.  It will also feature programable settings for lighting up the wheel a special way for certain holidays and events.

A Make-A-Wish family has been chosen to have the honor of flipping the switch to power on more than 64,000 LED bulbs which will illuminate the structure in bright white.

The Orlando Eye officially opens on May 4, along with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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