We approached by a ticket seller wearing an orange jacket. It had the NY Skyride insignia so we thought he was pret legit. He sold us a combo ticket and assured us it was an express, no lines to wait in at all. The combo was a tickets to the sky ride / IMAX as well as to the observation deck.
When we got the, we realized there was a sticker on our receipt saying 'this is not an express ticket' :( At $52 per adult, we were certainly expecting it to be!
Having said that, the wait was very short for the IMAX and the staff inside were fabulous. The IMAX movie itself was a bit of fun, but the quality was terrible. The entire movie was slightly blurred, as though it should have been 3D.
We went immediately to line up for the observation deck (again no line, but this is November and it was cold!) and the gentlemen there told us the visibility was zero so if we had time it would be better to go back another time. W really appreciated that as going up and not being able to see would have been so disappointing.
We went back the following night, in time for sunset and stayed to see the lights as well. Perfect visibility :)
Just a hint: take an extra layer of clothes! And if you're in to photography, they don't allow tripods, which is really disappointing.
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