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The Capital Wheel at National Harbor Names Theme Park Veteran Derek Lovato Vice President and General Manager

(National Harbor, MD – March 13, 2017) – The Capital Wheel at National Harbor announces the appointment of theme park industry veteran Derek Lovato as its new Vice President and General Manager.   Lovato joins The Capital Wheel with nearly two decades of retail and amusement industry experience including positions with three of the largest regional theme park operators in the world.

The Capital Wheel opened at National Harbor in 2014 offering guests thrilling views of the Washington, DC area from180-feet above the Potomac River.  Seated in comfortable, climate-controlled gondolas, passengers enjoy an exciting ride while onlookers delight in the multi-color display created by more than 1.6 million fully programmable LED lights.

“I am extremely happy to join The Capital Wheel team and be part of the excitement at National Harbor,” said Lovato.  “We’re making plans for new events, special offers, and a dynamic space for group celebrations.  The view from The Capital Wheel is stunning and there really is no better place in DC to watch the sun set with family and friends.”

To learn more about tickets, events and parties at The Capital Wheel visit or call 301-842-8650.

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About The Capital Wheel: Located at the end of a pier overlooking the Potomac River at National Harbor, The Capital Wheel is a large-scale observation wheel. The iconic attraction is 180-feet high with 42 climate-controlled gondolas each seating up to eight passengers.

About National Harbor
National Harbor is a community unlike any other.  Situated close to the nation’s capital, National Harbor takes full advantage of one of the country’s most historic rivers. Rising from the banks of the Potomac River, just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, Md., National Harbor is a 350-acre mixed use development with seven hotels (including the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and MGM National Harbor), offices, residential, tree-lined streets with more than 160 shops including Tanger Outlet and more than 40 restaurants, iconic attractions such as the Capital Wheel and National Harbor Carousel, and much more. The community provides easy access to Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Va. and features an array of waterfront activities, events, and spectacular sunsets. For more information,