The solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will soon be replaced with a contemporary state-of-the-art Ferris wheel at the two-acre seaside amusement park.

The removal process for the nine-story Pacific Wheel is set to begin May 8th, in preparation for the installation of a new Ferris wheel at Pacific Park.

The new attraction will include an all-new lighting package illuminating the Southern California coastline with 160,000 energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights replacing the 5,392 red, white and blue traditional light bulbs that now flicker on the wheel’s spokes and hub. The enhanced lighting will provide higher energy savings while complementing the solar-power application, according to the park.

Featured as a backdrop in feature films and nightly newscasts, the new illumination package will also display computer-generated lighting entertainment in the evenings.

“Forever in the celebrity spotlight, the Pacific Wheel has a very impressive list of credits with appearances in more than 105 photo shoots, 71 television commercials, 69 television shows, 28 feature films and 13 music videos,” said Jeff Klocke, director of marketing and sales at Pacific Park. “The all-new Ferris wheel will continue to be seen by millions and generate the type of Hollywood buzz it has enjoyed over the years, including top billing in the opening shots for NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appearing in television’s number one program, American Idol, on FOX.”

The Pacific Wheel, which has provided more than three million rides in its 12 years of operation, stands 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean, features 20 gondolas with a maximum six riders per car and can accommodate up to 800 riders per hour.

The all-new $1.5 million Ferris wheel is being manufactured by Chance Morgan Rides Manufacturing Inc. in Wichita, Kansas, and will have comparable rider capacity and mechanical specifications.

Information about Pacific Park, (310) 260-8744 or www