I know there is lots of talk about this in other threads but I'm now so muddled having read through lots of conflicting comments. My family are visiting NYC for 10 days over Christmas/ New Year, 3 kids in tow. We really want to visit both Empire State Building AND Top of the Rock and I have spent many hours comparing prices with the various websites, including the official websites and then looking at prices using different passes.
I think we would be better going with Express tickets for ESB. We will be staying in Brooklyn Heights - I see the queues are quicker if we get there very early but I'm not getting much delight from the kids when I mention getting up at 6.00 to be in the queue at 8. Viator offers Express tickets which work out cheaper than buying direct but I guess I worry about whether the weather is rubbish if I prebook... it's a load of money to spend for going up and looking at cloud. Then again, it could easily be cloudy for the whole stay, I suppose, and we would still want to go up there as we've never visited America before so it's a really big deal for us.
Could I ask what people's views are on the benefits of getting Express tickets and, then, the best way, in people's opinion to get them. If we don't buy in advance, would we still have to queue for hours to buy the express tickets? We won't have access to a printer whilst there so, if I wait until we get there, I would only be able to show purchase on my phone.
With TOTR, I am slightly less worried about buying in advance as we will be near it for most of the day on 27th December and can keep an eye on the queues... just concerned as lots of people seem to say it is far better to go up there in the day rather than night. I was thinking we could go up ESB in the day, and TOTR at night, or vice versa?
I guess my main driver is that we definitely want to go up both, I would love to save a few dollars if I can as I am spending so much on this trip already and saving 100 dollars is significant, but equally, I don't want to mess up and purchase from somewhere where I am being ripped off with dodgy tickets (so any saving would be diminished anyway).
Any tips please - would love to know what people feel is the best route for me to take - pre book or not/ express tickets or not?
Many thanks in advance.