Friday, March 4, 2011

Singapore Flyer 2011

The Singapore Flyer is one of the latest "icons" of Singapore. It's the largest giant observation wheel in the world towering 165 meters above the city. 

From our place (Sengkang), we took the North East Line to Dhoby Ghaut and transferred to the Circle Line to get to Promenade Station. From there it's a short walk to the Flyer.

Getting the McDonald's 1-for-1 stub from its monopoly promo was a big factor in our adventure to ride this giant wheel. While queuing for our tickets, a ticketing officer was already checking each guest for the number of tickets they want to buy. We found out later on that we qualify for additional 20% off for the kids' tickets since I have a Passion Card. Sweet! That means we pay for $29.50 only for the 2 adult tickets and $33.04 for the kids (originally $20.65 each). That I say is a really good deal.

On our way to the Flyer boarding gate, Ira was a bit concerned. Looking at how big the wheel is from below, he felt scared. I reassured him that it's going to be ok since he has already taken a ride at cable cars going up to heights higher than that of the Flyer. 

making our way to the capsule boarding area

it's like going to a cinema, it was dark!

the light at the end of the tunnel

patiently waiting for our capsule

We've seen some capsules which have table settings (probably for formal functions like wedding receptions) and some capsules with crystals and a bar! What a unique way to celebrate a birthday.

finally, we are on board 

Each of the capsules is UV-protected for optimum comfort and safety, knowing how hot it can be in Singapore. Although each capsule can accommodate up to 28 people, the ushers don't cramp up the capsules. I think there were less than 20 of us in the capsule.

I don't know why they were sitting down, really.

each capsule has a middle sitting area which makes it a comfortable place to be
 even when you are 165 meters high

Ira posing for photo with the Marina Bay Sands new development at the back

the kids preferred to just sit on the floor to have a better view

finally, a smile on his face

a view of the Marina Barrage from the top of the flyer

the Fullerton Hotel

the Esplanade

the Sky Park

we were now officially on top of Singapore
with the view of the city skyline

15 minutes on the Flyer and we were taken to the top to have a 360-view of Singapore.
Another 15 minutes and we were back to earth :)

Singapore Flyer
30 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039803

Open Daily from 830am to 1030pm

Ticket prices: $29.50 Adult / $20.65 Child (age 3-12)
30 minute ride 

Nearest MRT: Promenade Station (Circle Line)

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