A giant Ferris wheel and bar in the sky could be the hottest new attractions in Biloxi by next summer, when an amusement park is set to open at the Margaritaville Resort & Family Entertainment Center. .
âThe structure is complete,â said Tessy Lambert, director of marketing for Lodging & Leisure Investments which operates Margaritaville.
The crane will be removed next week that served to assemble the platform on which the amusement park will be built, she said. They hope to complete the other construction by March and open the amusement park in time for summer vacation.
“The wheel will be there,” she said of the 20-story Sky View Ferris Wheel that will give cyclists a glimpse of the water on the barrier islands off the coast of Biloxi.
âThe sky bar will be there,â she said after meeting the ride’s designer and choosing the color.
âWe will name the attraction soon,â she said.
The Aerobar, built by European company Aeorophile, fits the theme of Margaritaville and inspires the faithful Parrotheads who follow all Jimmy Buffett to order a margarita and get on board.
The riders sit tied up, facing each other in a circle with the bartender in the middle. The ride turns slowly as it climbs 115 feet in the air – 137 feet with the two-story platform and parking garage below. It takes 2 minutes to get on and off and 5 minutes to the top, according to the company’s website.
Several more rides are planned, and Lambert said food will be available inside the park.
A ramp has already been built that will allow visitors easy access from the 55,000 square foot Escape Family indoor entertainment center to the new amusement park when it opens.
The platform on which the amusement park sits creates a parking garage to provide plenty of additional parking spaces.
Construction of the amusement park has been delayed while funding was secured and during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lodging & Leisure’s first construction phase consisted of transforming the former Casino Magic closed after Hurricane Katrina into Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. It opened in 2016 with 371 Rooms, Restaurants, Bars, and Escape, which features an indoor climbing wall, zipline roller coaster, simulated golf, video games, and other attractions.
The amusement park is in phase 2 and Lambert said another hotel tower on the west side of the amusement park is still scheduled for phase 3 of construction.
The company also operates Hotel Legends and White House Hotel in Biloxi, Centennial Plaza in Gulfport and other resorts.