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Member Name: D1A1
Date: 15/10/00, updated on 03/01/01 (68 review reads)
Advantages: View, and sheer scale of it
Disadvantages: Boring - Needs in cabin food!
When I went on the London Eye I didn't quite know what to expect, but the first thing that struck me was that the prices were quite high - at £7.95 per person you could go out for a nice meal somewhere, but still I had to go on it. The next thing that is obvious are the huge queues in order to get a ticket and line up for the actual Wheel. Then, once your about to get on you get your photo taken for some reason, very gimmicky, but still they are out to make money; and I guess they are raking it in because there are so many people going on it!
The Wheel is absolutely enormous and the cabin things that you have to sit in are also quite roomy, they were designed by British Airways so they resemble an Aeroplane look. The speed is just 'relaxing pace' Very slow, but if it were double the speed you'd only be on it for about 15 minutes as the 'ride' takes 30 minutes to complete.
So is it worth it? Well yes. The view of London is very spectacular you can see for miles around, but don't go on it if it looks like rain will shower down on you as this will spoil your viewing. I think that they could introduce a free food bar in each cabin because it isn't that interesting once you're up there, and the view of London does get a little boring, that you'll probably end up talking about the structure and cost of it.
In all, a good attraction in London that is well worth it if you have the time and patience, but don't espect small children to thank you for it as it does get boring.
Better than the dome? Certainly more of a success!