The attraction is very easy to find, but to be honest it would be very hard to miss a 400ft high wheel. We caught a taxi from the Cabana Bay resort and we were dropped off at the main entrance at the front. We were very impressed with how clean and tidy the surroundings were and there were some lovely fountains and a grass area that the children enjoyed playing on.
The attraction is based within a lovely complex which is also home to Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Orlando so if you purchase a saver ticket to all three attractions it makes it a lovely full day out. The surrounding area also offered plenty of dining options and shops as well as relaxation areas where you could simply just chill out and enjoy the sunshine. The whole area around the main building was very clean and well kept and so it was lovely to just sit outside on the grass and enjoy an ice cream whilst watching the wheel go round.
Unfortunately whilst doing this, Ben decided that he was too scared to ride on the wheel and so Ben and I had a wander around whilst Mr F, Riley and Emma went to join the queue. After a very short wait their journey began with a 4D cinema experience which is included in the price. They all enjoyed the film and felt that it was a nice fun addition to enjoy before entering the capsule on the wheel.
The capsules are air conditioned, which my husband said made it much more comfortable, especially with it being so hot outside. After a short wait, the capsule began rising into the air and they were soon able to view the wonderful Orlando landscape. There was a fantastic moment once they reached half way up, when a sight seeing helicopter came in to land at its base across the road. Riley was so excited by this and it was so close that he could even see the pilot. The views were absolutely fantastic and the children really enjoyed trying to spot popular landmarks, buildings and cars.
The wheel moved at a slow speed which made the ride very comfortable and the full rotation took just under half an hour. My husband felt that this was just the right amount of time needed to enjoy the experience. In order to enhance the ride, there are also ipads within the capsules that provide information on the local area, We felt that this was a great idea and helped to provide some facts and figures to the journey.
During the day you can see for miles and this provides the opportunity for some fantastic photos. Evening flights are also available and if we have the chance to return in the future, then we would definitely try one of those so that we could see Orlando all lit up at night. I am pretty sure that if you timed it right, then you would also be able to spot the fireworks at Disney's Epcot.
There are numerous ticket options, but a basic general admission ticket will cost you $25 for an adult and $20 for a child when booking online as this saves you 10% off the on the day arrival prices. However, I feel that the best value tickets are the Orlando Eye Drive Experience Tickets which grant you entry into the Orlando Eye, Sea Life Orlando and Madame Tussauds. These have an online price of $49 per adult and $39 per child. The added bonus of this ticket is that you do not have to visit all the attractions in one day as the ticket is valid for 30 days from the date of your first visit. Free parking is also available in the onsite parking garage.
If you would like further information on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and to obtain the most up to date information on ticket prices and opening times, then please visit Officialorlandoeye.com
Overall, my family really enjoyed this attraction and although Ben and I did not have the opportunity to ride on the wheel (due to his fear of heights) we still really enjoyed the surroundings and atmosphere. I feel that the ticket prices offer good value for money in offering a wonderful unique experience and I would definitely recommend this attraction to others.
Disclaimer: I was provided with 2 complimentary tickets for this attraction in exchange for an honest and impartial review. I paid for the additional tickets. Ticket prices are correct at time of writing but I would always recommend visiting the attractions own website for the most up to date information.