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Big screen simulated thrill ride located on the second floor of the Empire...

Big screen simulated thrill ride located on the second floor of the Empire State Building.

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We went to the sky ride as it was on our New York City pass and we were already at the Empire State Building anyway. I was quite looking forward to it as something a bit... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Adam M
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the sky ride as it was on our New York City pass and we were already at the Empire State Building anyway. I was quite looking forward to it as something a bit different. Well, even if you have it for free do not waste your time. This is extremely outdated, I'd suggest the recording is over... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Avoid the skyride,unless you like to watch a outdated film,A la cinema 180 on a much smaller screen, the visuals and effects are not the best either, I tought it was simmilar to "Soaring"over california at WDW or DHS CA,But was I wrong. Its just not worth spending your money on it unless you allready have bought a full pass... More 

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Thank Thor K
Budapest, Hungary
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The queue to the security check-in was very long (estimated waiting time up to 3 hours), so we decided to upgrade our tickets in order to skip the lines. When we upgraded for 42 USD each ticket, no one has informed us that the upgrade a terrible visit to the Skyride (nightmare!!!!!, both my friend and I had motion sickness... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The observation deck is great once you finally get there. We used our New York pass and nowhere could we jump the queues. We thought we'd do the 'ride' which was a lame 4D ride narrated by Kevin Bacon. Don't bother. The staff were unenthusiastic and hell bent on selling us the overpriced map. Don't need it. Had to walk... More 

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Thank Wendy S
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

AVOID AVOID AVOID - Don't buy a ticket from any street seller in blue uniform claiming to be an official ESB employee - they are not, like us you'll end up getting ripped off to the cost of 128 DOLLARS FOR 2 TICKETS!!, an upgraded 'line pass' for a queue that didn't exist, an outdated promo film and a 'ride'... More 

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Thank Martin T. H
Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were short of time and agreed to the "VIP priority service" offered by Skyride sales people operating around the queues for the official ESB tickets. We were told the premium would be $3 per ticket. The premium was in fact over $30 a ticket. For this we got to queue about an hour for a very dated audiovisual presentation... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We visited around 6pm and there was a queue formed outside. We approached one of the sky ride staff to see if we could purchase a fast track pass. The guy said he could do this for us for $128 dollars total and as we had our 15 month baby with us we agreed and handed over the money. We... More 

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Swansea, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We just wanted to go to the observation decks of the Empire State Building. We were approached on the sidewalk by a NY Skyride rep who told us that if we paid a little more we could avoid the long queue and go right up to the 86th floor observatory and the next highest one 103 maybe. Never once did... More 

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Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely fuming. Mainly at myself for not checking trip advisor before getting jipped off the guys on the street in the blue shirts with 'ny skyride' on them. Thanks a lot SIDNEY you lying piece of. Myself and 3 friends were sold these tickets about 65 dollars each under the impression they were for an express line to the top... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The other reviews are accurate. I wish I had read them before we went up. Pressure to buy in street by people we represent themselves as employees of the Empire State Building. THEY ARE NOT. Got sold tickets that "passed the line". They don't but instead got the cheesy iMax show that is about 20 years old and horrible. We... More 

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