Like the famous London Eye, which is an enormous Ferris wheel, Orlando has it’s own Eye and it’s pretty fun to ride.
Location: 8401 International Dr #100, Orlando, FL 32819
Admission: $25.00 Adult | $20.00 Child (Ages 3-12) | 2 and under ride free (There are better deals to be had, read below for more info)
Hours: Varies; Generally 10:00am – 10:00pm. Sometimes open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Website: Official Orlando Eye
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is located at the complex known as I-Drive: 360, which contains several interesting points of interest, including Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussauds (famous wax museum), 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and more.
So, the Orlando Eye. For starters it is 400 feet to the top and takes approximately 23 minutes to get around. It is the fifth largest Ferris Wheel in the world. The London Eye (also owned by Merlin Entertainments Group) is larger at 443 feet. There are 30 air-conditioned passenger capsules and the ride does not stop for entry and exit (although it is able to stop for guests with disabilities) because it moves slowly enough to walk on and off without much difficulty.
I had a blast when I went on it. I went with my wife, toddler daughter and five year old son. They loved looking at the vast views of Orlando, the machinery in the wheel, and were ecstatic when our capsule reached the highest point on the wheel. It was pretty cool and gave plenty of opportunity for fun family photos.
On my particular visit I not only went on the Eye, but went through the Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussauds as well. One way to do it on the cheap is to purchase a single ticket online that allows entry to all three attractions (as always, it is cheaper to purchase online than at the gate). Make sure you select the Florida resident option if you are a Florida resident, as it will save you a few bucks. For example, the online ticket for the Eye normally costs $25 but only costs $22.50 for Florida residents.
However, I did not do it that way. I did it through purchasing the annual LEGOLAND Awesomer Pass which allows entry to the Orlando Eye, Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND. The Awesomer Pass can do this because all of the attractions are owned by the same people–Merlin Entertainments Group. The pass costs $149 and can be purchased through the Orlando Eye website. It also includes LEGOLAND’s waterpark and free parking at LEGOLAND.
So, yup! I certainly had a good time here and I think you will to! Hope to see you out there!
Photo Credit: Orlando Eye by Steve089