During our short visit to Manila last week, we were able to have a glimpse of how big the SM MOA EYE at the back of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, City. The giant Ferris wheel was still on the construction stage and no gondolas were still place.
After a few days thereafter, Field Trip Boy saw on the early morning show, “Umagang kay Ganda” a manager for SM Mall of Asia being interviewed by one of the show’s hosts about the opening of the tallest Ferris wheel on December 16, 2011.
During that interview the manager told the viewers about some details about the future plans for the mini theme park in where the SM MOA EYE is located. He also said about some details about their newest attraction, which is the giant Ferris wheel. In his interview, he said that the MOA Eye is scheduled to open on December 16, 2011. He also said that the gondolas were fully air-conditioned and the entrance fee for the MOA Eye is only 100 pesos.
SM MOA EYE Giant Ferris Wheel
After hearing the interview, I decided to try out the SM MOA Eye before I go back to Cebu. So I came to Manila early on December 20 just to try out this new ride. When I arrived at SM Mall of Asia, the MOA EYE was still undergoing maintenance check, and I was told that it will be opened at 2 PM. My flight was scheduled at 6:30 PM, so waiting for some time wouldn’t be a problem.
When I came back at 2 in the afternoon, the crew was still doing their job and we were instructed to go back at 3 PM. At 3 PM, the work is still undergoing, and the people who are in line were told that the SM MOA eye will open at 4 in the afternoon. At that time, I decided to leave for the NAIA Terminal 3 airport for I don’t have time to spare to wait another hour for I might be caught in the terrible traffic caused by the Christmas rush in Metro Manila and lose my flight going to Cebu.
But before I left, I was able to ask a few questions to one of the SM MOA EYE staff. I asked him about the schedule or operating hours of the MOA Eye, as well as its rates and other details.
SM MOA EYE Rates, Entrance Fees and Operating Hours
During the interview in “Umagang kay Ganda”, the SM official said that the entrance fee for the SM MOA EYE is only 100 pesos. But when I got to SM MOA EYE ticket booth, a sign says that the entrance fee for the Ferris wheel is 150 pesos. Aside from that, I’ve learned that all the SM MOA Eye’s gondolas were not yet installed with air-conditioners.
The SM MOA Eye is scheduled to open for the public daily starting from 2 PM until 12 Midnight.
How Tall is the SM MOA EYE?
The SM MOA Eye is the largest and tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines. It is named after the London Eye, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world. It was called so because it resembles an eye because of its shape and because by riding it, you can have a great view of the surrounding landscape.
The SM MOA EYE is 55 meters tall or 160 feet. It has 36 gondolas, 30 of which are classified as regular gondolas, and 6 are called VIP gondolas for they will be installed with tinted glass and specialized seats and other accessories.
For the time being, having with out air conditioning in all of the gondolas, the rates for the Regular and VIP gondolas are the same at 150 pesos per person. Expect the rates to increase particularly in the VIP gondolas once all the works are finished.
One gondola can carry as much as 6 persons. At full capacity the SM Moa Eye can carry 216 people at one time. The duration of the ride is estimated to last between 10 to 15 minutes.
SM MOA EYE Safety Precautions
Safety is the outmost concern especially for theme park rides. To insure safety, the SM MOA EYE management has set up a list of safety precautions for the riding public. Such precautions include:
- Children below 3 feet 6 inches should be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
- People are advised not to bring with them loose items such as bags, hats, umbrellas etc. during their turn.
- Only people with good health conditions are allowed to ride the Ferris wheel.
- Pregnant or expectant mothers are advised not to take the ride
- No pets allowed
- Food and Drinks are also not allowed inside the gondolas