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New York Skyride

350 Fifth Ave., New York City, NY 10118 (Manhattan)
212-279-9777
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Ranked #701 of 848 attractions in New York City
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Type: Movie Theaters, Game/ Entertainment Centers
Description: Big screen simulated thrill ride located on the second floor of the Empire State Building.
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Man, I wish I had seen these reviews before we got "took"! Lured by the promise of avoiding the lines, we thought we were spending $114 for express passes to the top....instead we got held up for an hour first in a sweatbox holding area to go into two "chambers" to see a film of NY attractions (why did they... More

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm sure that they said that this ride / simulator opened in 1995, and I am sure that back then it would have been cutting edge. sadly by todays standards it is disappointing. if you want to be hustled and jostled simply ride the subway during rush hour. That said, if you get it free as part of your New... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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134 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This attraction is located inside the Empire State Building and on your way up to the top, you get the chance to do this attraction as well. The attraction is a movie, a movie that takes you from downtown Manhattan to upper Manhattan from the air. It is a movie and you actually see much more from the observation deck... More

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Edinburgh
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Luckily we never paid the $42 for this ride and it was free with our New York pass... If you are thinking about this, it is really not worth it...it would have been amazing in 1995 when it was new, but it is really showing its age now and should either be totally updated to 4D or scrapped...very over priced... More

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Chatham, Illinois
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18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We learned the hard way this is NOT worth the extra money you spend getting into the Empire State Building with "preferred" entry. The workers approach you on the street and start talking fast saying their tickets are just a few dollars more than the ones you'll buy at the ESB AND include the movie. They mention this isn't an... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This attraction is god awful. Thank God we had the NY Pass or else we would've spent over 100 dollars for 3 of is for an outdated attraction that is such a waste of time. Absolutely avoid this. Also they don't let you bring in the snacks that they sell you for the "movie." The pre video was better than... More

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Torrance, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Like many others that have commented on this so called attraction, we were also told that we were being sold the "Express" package that allows you to go straight up to the observatory with no waiting, what a load of crap! After the out dated video finished playing we had to stand in line like everyone else. For the price... More

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Lihue, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had purchased the New York Pass, it got us free into the Empire State Building, and also gave us free tickets to the Skyride. As the other reviewers have stated this is a dated tour, with terrible video quality. The picture was blurry and shaky send doesn't pass muster in 2014. If I had paid cash for this, I... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

To check out the Empire State Building seems like a must see and in some ways it is. I do not recommend buying a ticket outside the building; they will try to convince you that doing so will give you a better view and quicker lines. Neither claim came to fruition of us. The tickets did buy us a "ride"... More

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Medellin, Colombia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Its an attraction with more than 20 years old, take just 15 minutes and $40 do it. Its the worst attraction in New York... Its like Terminator in Orlando theme park. Please dont waste your time and your money, my friend and i got the NY PASS, so we got free tickets to this, but wast a waste of time.

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