Back in June 2015 my friend and I decided to try The Orlando Eye.
We booked on line and saved 25% as it was more than 24 hours ahead. Finding it was relatively easy – it’s on I Drive and it’s hard to miss. We were very pleasantly surprised to find there was lots of parking and it was free!
On arrival, there are 3 attractions available – Madame Tussauds, The Sealife Aquarium and The Orlando Eye. As you would expect there were also lots of school parties there, although they seemed to be mostly visiting the Aquarium.
We opted for the $20 just Orlando Eye experience (there is additional discount for Florida residents).
The experience begins with a ‘pre-flight’ 4D Cinema film – definitely written by the Florida tourist board, it is used to show both how the Orlando Eye was developed, designed and constructed while also showcasing other Florida attractions.
We then queued for a short time to enter our capsule. There were only 3 other ladies in the capsule with us – a total of 5 which meant we had plenty of room to move around. As the sun was shining (this is the Sunshine State) it was very welcome that the capsule is fully air conditioned.
It was a beautifully clear day (we went just after noon) and we had views of downtown Orlando, the theme parks, Cape Canaveral and a great view of the I4 and I Drive. The observation wheel stands 400ft high and as I am not that keen on heights I did take a seat when we reached the summit.
We both enjoyed it and think that it is an attraction that would be great for all ages, however, as my friend pointed out it’s not The London Eye so you don’t get to see lots of historical buildings or points of interest.
I would definitely do it again – I think it would be amazing if you could time it for sunset as that is one thing that Orlando definitely excels at.
For more information go their website
where amongst other things you will now find a lighting calendar so you can see what colour the wheel will be when you visit. See more at: https://www.officialorlandoeye.com