The ferris wheel has a charm that appeals to the young and the old. That’s why when SM MOA EYE officially opened on December 16, I was really excited and wanted to try it out as soon as I can. It’s not only another tourist attraction, but in a way, it’s quite historical as well. It is now the tallest ferris wheel in the country. It provides a 360 degree view of the Asia’s third largest shopping mall and of course, the famous Manila Bay.
Finally, after more than a week of waiting, I got the chance to try it.
The ticket costs P150 for the regular air-conditioned gondolas, while the VIP ones cost P200. The VIP gondolas are tinted and have leather seats. I didn’t get to see its interior, because we chose the regular gondola.
It was around 8 pm when I got there. The line was pretty long and was made up of people from all walks of life. There were teen couples, families, barkadas, and tourists. I read that the full turn was going to take 10 minutes, but the actual ride felt like it was a lot shorter. It was like an elevator ride. The only difference was I was sitting and there was a panoramic view.
The air-conditioned gondolas sounded really fancy when I first learned about it, but I think it totally changed the real “ferris wheel” experience. You won’t feel the breeze on your face and the subtle tickle in your tummy when you get to the top. It felt confined and unexciting.
So was P150 worth the price?
Honestly, I think I can find more value for P150 in other things. I can buy a movie ticket or get a pedicure. I can buy a lot of arcade tokens and play Terminator or bet on frog racing.
Although I think P150 is a bit pricey, I would recommend riding the MOA EYE just for the heck of it. If you’re having a vacation in Manila or sick of the usual attractions in MOA, it’s definitely worth a try. It’s an awesome 10-minute bonding with friends and family. 🙂
Are you planning to try the MOA Eye? If you’ve already tried it, please do share how it turned out for you.
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