The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is a top Orlando attraction. A ride to the top provides some of the most amazing views of the city, nearby attractions, and even the land beyond.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye refers to its rides as “flights” — a great way of describing what you’ll experience aboard your capsule on this epic 400-foot-tall observation wheel.
Check out our helpful guide for visiting the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, packed full of ways to save on admission, tips for visiting, other nearby attractions, and much more.
Looking for Coca-Cola Orlando Eye Discount Tickets?
We’ve got you covered – Coca-Cola Orlando Eye admission is available with the money saving options listed below, so you can choose the attraction pass that’s right for you. Think of these options as an Orlando Eye coupon!
1. All-Inclusive Pass – All you can do. Includes admission to dozens of attractions.
2. Explorer Pass – Choose as you go. Includes admission of up to 5 attractions.
3. Build Your Own Pass – Select the attractions you want to visit prior to visiting.
See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more here
The Go Orlando Card is a digital pass that you can easily access from your smartphone, which essentially includes built-in ‘Orlando Eye coupons’ that give you admission to visit this attraction.
Tips for Visiting The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye & International Drive
Depending on when you visit, there are a variety of suggestions that can make your visit more convenient and enjoyable.
View the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye from the rear parking lot off Universal Blvd. This will give you a real appreciation for the grandeur of this attraction and better prepare you for what is ahead.
Get your bearings. When inside, you will receive a recorded “tour” of some of the area’s highlights as seen from your capsule. These directions will direct you to look north or east or southwest. Knowing your directions when boarding the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye can be very helpful. Otherwise, you can use the compass on your smartphone.
Each capsule also contains an Apple iPad Air that helps users to learn more about what they are seeing. Generally speaking, downtown Orlando will be north. Take time to appreciate the many lakes formed by sinkholes that will be in clear view.
On a clear day, you may be able to see the east coast and the NASA complex near Titusville.
Be prepared to stand in the capsule. There is limited seating at the center of the capsule but for the most part, the attraction was designed for you to enjoy the sights while standing. Once aboard, the entire flight is about 20 minutes.
If you have binoculars, take them. They will make your Coca-Cola Orlando Eye adventure so much more rewarding. Overall, there are many instances when binoculars will enhance your visit to Florida and your flight aboard the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is one of those times.
Restrooms are available in the I-Drive 360 complex, but not on the attraction itself. Make sure all in your party are prepared for the entire 30 to 40 minute excursion when no restrooms will be available.
There is ground level parking available off University Blvd. Behind the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye as well as to the north side off of I-Drive. Parking is free on both ground level and in the multi-level garage.
Best Times to Visit
Central Florida is busy most times of the year, but the off-season would be considered January and February and September through early December.
The best time to visit is in the morning during the week but it can be helpful to call ahead.
During the school year, area schools and colleges schedule tours and you will want to know if there are a significant number scheduled. Keep in mind, the volume of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is large, and even if there are large lines, they move relatively quickly. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye moves continuously, except when there are handicapped visitors boarding or other issues that may require its stoppage. This keeps lines moving efficiently.
In Florida, summertime often means a high chance of quick afternoon thunderstorms. Generally, these pass through quickly and shouldn’t impact your entire day.
Sunset flights can offer some amazing views. Check to determine when sunset is when you visit and book ahead. There are even sunset and evening champagne flights available.
When you visit after dark, you will be treated to a dazzling light display across the entire framework of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
What You Can See During Your Visit
Your experience on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye starts in an airport concourse-style environment. It will lead you through a selection of flight times if you’d prefer to plan ahead, or put you aboard the soonest available flight.
Your boarding pass will also provide admission to a short, uplifting film that the little ones in your family will especially enjoy. Following this brief 3-D film, you’ll be ready to board your 4-D experience aboard the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is the centerpiece of the I-Drive 360 attractions in the middle of the International Drive Resort area. International Drive is an area south of Downtown Orlando that features a large number of attractions as well as a bevy of shopping and dining options.
The southern end of I-Drive is home to the enormous Orange County Convention Center, the second largest convention center in the country.
From the rear of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye you can easily see the free parking garage to the north. If ground parking is full, the garage offers an alternative.
The inside of the I-Drive 360 complex will remind you of an airport terminal, especially the ticketing area for the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is always slowly in motion, so be ready to board as your capsule approaches.
We sent Christina, our Regional Director in Orlando, out to I-Drive to take a spin on The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and she sent us a preview of the view from the top (400 feet above ground!):
Inside the capsule centralized seating can make the 20 minute flight a bit more comfortable.
The Apple iPad Air tablet inside the capsule can help you spot and learn more about what can be seen throughout your flight.
You’ll get a nice view of the fountain in front of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye with International Drive just above it going left to right.
Look to the north to see the International Drive Resort Area and the large amount of eateries, amusement areas, attractions, shopping areas, and hotels in the vicinity.
To the upper right you can see the Orlando skyline in the distance.
Back on the ground an impressive amount of Orlando and Coca-Cola Orlando Eye souvenirs await in the gift shop.
Facts and Statistics Related to The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
- There are 30 capsules attached to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and each can contain up to 15 passengers at a time. This makes the capacity of the attraction about 450 people.
- Each capsule is air conditioned.
- It is the tallest observation wheel on the entire east coast of the United States.
- The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye carried its first passenger on April 29, 2015 and opened officially on May 5, 2015.
- On a clear day, you can see all the way to Cape Canaveral on the east coast of Florida.
- Daredevil Nik Wallenda made a brief walk across the moving wheel to help promote its grand opening. He performed the walk on national television on April 27, 2015.
The International Drive Resort Area includes a number of attractions from water and amusement parks to museums, attractions, and miniature golf.
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is located in the I-Drive 360 complex which also houses two other attractions available on the Orlando Explorer Pass.
- SEA LIFE Aquarium - Upon entering the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye terminal, the entrance to SEA LIFE Aquarium is to your right. SEA LIFE Aquarium is a state-of-the-art attraction that is both fun, interesting and educational. Visitors are treated to front row views of the world’s oceans, and will see sharks, seahorses and sea turtles. You can get up close to stingrays and walk through a clear, 360 degree tunnel under the sea.
- Madame Tussauds Orlando – To the left as you enter the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye terminal is Madame Tussauds, made famous for their lifelike wax figures. Orlando visitors can have photo opportunities with Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, Tom Hanks, and one of their newest additions, Keith Urban.
Places to Eat Nearby
I-Drive offers an assortment of dining choices from a wide variety of cuisines and styles. Here are a few close to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
- Yard House – An upscale pub setting and a choice of American style dining choices make this an excellent option for friends to gather. Yard House also specializes in a wide array of craft beers that rotate monthly and seasonally.
- Buffalo Wild Wings – For a lively sports bar style atmosphere, check out Buffalo Wild Wings right in front of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. American food, beer, hot wings and plenty of wide-screen TVs.
- Carrabba’s – Budget-friendly prices and daily specials make Carrabba’s a good choice for the entire family. Mom and dad can grab a glass of wine too! This Italian Grill has everything from pasta to pizza.
- I-Drive 360 Food Court – There are several quick dining options in the food court inside the I-Drive 360 complex.
Save on Tickets with an Go Orlando Card
Remember, the Go Orlando Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes Coca-Cola Orlando Eye tickets (think of it like a built in Orlando Eye coupon), plus admission to your choice of other top attractions.