Orlando's newest and hottest attraction isn't tucked away in one of its theme parks. Nope, it's positioned on International Drive and it's utterly, fantastically and completely amazing. Its name, The Orlando Eye.
Imagine a big Ferris Wheel. Now imagine a bigger one. Keep imagining something even bigger. Now you might be close to imagining the size and the unparalleled 360 degree views something that massively tall offers you once you reach the top.
That top, by the way, is 400 feet in the air, making it the tallest observation wheel on the east coast. From way up you will see the sights of downtown Orlando's skyline and nearby theme parks with views all the way to Cape Canaveral on Florida's east coast. I imagine this is a prime place to watch any launching rockets that NASA pops off into orbit.
To reach the perch at the top of the wheel, you will need to board one of the 30 capsules and gradually lift into the air. If you are height averse and/or suffer from vertigo, it will be a gut crunching ride. While you do, you can use the Apple iPads in each capsule to glean a little more information about the landmarks you'll see around town that are slowly slinking lower and lower in your eye line.
Once you do reach the top, it's a bit like you're Superman defying gravity and hanging high above the earth, watching over the citizens below. Or like a bird gently catching the breeze under your wings. It's as amazing as amazing can be. This is a definite attraction, and one of many new ones on the horizon that you won't want to miss.
The gate price for this attraction is $25 for an adult and $20 for a child. Package deals that grants access to Madame Toussaud's Wax Museum and the SEALIFE aquarium are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the official Orlando Eye website.