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A one time experience!
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Advantages: Great views, Plenty of space to move around in Capsule
Disadvantages: One time experience, once your up you can't come down.
**THE LONDON EYE***
The London eye is just a short walk from London Waterloo station. It opened in March 2000 and has since then become an iconic landmark. The eye just looks like a giant Ferris wheel with clear pod's on the outer edge enabling you to see the beautiful views of London as you go round. Many people I know have been on the London eye but for me this was going to be my first time on it and I'm not a huge fan of heights so was feeling rather nervous. The eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world with a height of 135 metres which weighs over 2000 metric tonnes. The eye looks beautiful at night, when it's lit up in beautiful blue lights and can be seen from great distances.
***HOW TO GET THERE***
You can get to the London eye my train, tube, bus, coach, car or boat. All their directions are located on their website which is www.londoneye.com . I caught the train from my local town straight to London Waterloo, and the eye was just a short walk from there, so there was no need to get a tube or any other public transport.
I had a combination ticket which was purchased during a visit to Madame Tussauds, and also included the London Eye and the London Aquarium. You can book tickets online which will save you approximately £2.00. For an adult it will cost you £16.74, which is for a standard ticket. This does not include any queue jump. To buy a fast track ticket it will cost approximately £25.65, which means you get to bypass the majority of the queues. It's well worth buying your tickets in advance as there are often long queues to purchase tickets.
***THE 4D EXPERIENCE***
Included in your ticket for the London eye is the 4D experience. This is optional, and you don't have to watch this short film. You are asked to take a pair of black glasses from the box and then form an orderly queue in three separate lines. When enough people are ready to watch the experience a door opens and you are taken into a room with a large screen. There are no seats, how-ever there is a metal bar which runs along which you can perch on and rest your back against the glass panelling. The 4d experience is amazing and I would highly recommend taking advantage of the free viewing with your ticket. It's a spectacular 3d film with in theatre effects such as bubbles, wind and mist to add to the dimension. Although this film lasted only a few minutes it was brilliant and I would have happily seen it again.
We didn't have to queue for long before waiting to go onto the eye. They do a bag search and frisk search on everyone, before you queue for the wheel. We queued for a total of about 3-4 minutes to get onto the eye. This is probably because we visited the eye during a school week which made it less busy. You are asked to form 2 separate queues ready to go jump into the capsule. The wheel itself moves all the time, unless there is a disabled customer then it will stop briefly to allow them on and off. You are asked to walk up to the capsule and get in it, whilst it's moving. As it doesn't move very fast this is easy to do. The doors are sealed/locked and then the wheel will slowly take your capsule up into the air. The capsule itself holds approximately 20 people and is a lot bigger than I imagined. There is a seating area in the middle how-ever; it's not big enough to seat everyone. Although I'm scared of heights I felt safer gripping onto the bars on the side of the capsule as I felt a lot safer. As the wheel got higher, everything below seemed to be getting smaller and the people below on the ground were soon small dots. It took me a little while to let go of the bar round the edge of the capsule, but then I just looked out at the views and enjoyed taking pictures. I did move around the capsule so I could see different buildings around London. You can see Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral the old Post Office Tower and more. The ride takes about 35 minutes to complete a whole circuit, and as you get towards the end you can stand in the allocated section in the capsule and it will take your picture which you can collect after-wards for a price. It was easy to get off the wheel and as soon as you walk off, you go to the small shop which is where you can view your photo. You can purchase this in a photograph, key ring or fridge magnet. Prices do vary for these. You can also get other memorabilia from here as well, to say that you have visited and been on the London Eye.
Although I was quite scared of going on this to start off with, I actually really enjoyed it. Luckily when I went on the eye it was only a little cloudy, so the views were quite good. I don't think I would go on here again, unless it was a summer evening when the sun was setting. I think this is a one-time experience really and once you've been on it once, there's nothing new to see. I would recommend other's going on this. Just so you can say that you've been on it and so you can get some beautiful pictures as well. The only down-side to the eye is, if you feel ill or sick, you can't get off of the ride so you do have to be sure that you really want to go on the ride and that you feel fine before you go on. There's nothing worse than being stuck high up in the air in a capsule with strangers, when you are feeling ill. I give the London Eye 3 out of 5 stars because it's a nice experience which lasts just long enough and the 4D experience before-hand is also really good. I won't give it anymore stars than that as it's a one-time experience thing.
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Summary: The London Eye!
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