Finally, we were able to checked out for ourselves the new attraction in Pasay – the SM Mall of Asia Moa Eye Ferris Wheel! Located beside the equally famous Manila Bay and inside the SM amusement park, the moa eye was the center of attraction lately in the Mall of Asia. Rightly so for it dwarfs most of the other establishments in the sm bay area.
At night, this 160 feet tall giant attraction with its beautiful lighted ferris wheel gondolas elicits ahhs and ohhs from those malling and strolling beside Manila Bay. Lots of mallgoers are also happily clicking their cameras and posing for pictures beside moa eye hehehe. Just imagine having fireworks display and you are on top of the tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines I want to try that! But I am not sure if its allowed though to ride the moa eye during the annual SM Pyrotechnics Festival. Might be bawal.
Unfortunately, yes there is an unfortunately, the advertised P100 price to ride the sm moa eye during its tv launching in Umagang Kayganda was not the regular price. The rate is 150 for now but according to the staff we’ve talked with, the fee will become P200 for those VIP gondalas, the ones who are tinted and with posh leather seats. You pay additional for a more luxurious ride hehehe. One of Penfires’ readers left a comment on an earlier blog post that they went there and have a 6 months old baby and the baby was also charged at regular rate to ride the sm moa eye ferris wheel 🙁
Another disappointment was that it seems like the SM management really pushed for the ferris wheel’s opening in time for Christmas – when most people are ready to part with their hard-earned money and visit amusement parks and rides and all that, yet yesterday the moa eye coaches does not have its air-conditioning system in place and working. Bummer.
We got different info from different staff we’ve talked to last Tuesday, one said that the moa eye will open at 3pm, the other says at 4pm. But both confirms that the Moa eye operates until midnight everyday of the week, unless there is maintenance on-going and the ferris wheel will be closed.
Moa Eye Pic from the parking lot
Some of the do’s and don’ts in riding the SM Moa Eye, yep rules and details to ride up (effective entrace rate for now is P150 per person):
1. Children who are below 3 and a half feet must be accompanied by an adult (naturally!)
2. You are not supposed to bring loose belongings like umbrella and bags. (bags?! heheh)
3. If you suffer from nervous ailments, weakness in the neck or back or suffers from motion sickness, you will not be allowed to ride the ferris wheel. You must be fit and healthy to ride the moa eye.
4. Pregnant women are also not allowed.
5. Food and drinks not allowed! (why oh why?! )
6. You are supposed to stay seated while on the moa eye coaches (I wonder if they will be strict about this, coz if I paid to ride the moa eye I would probably like to explore and move from side to side. Singapore flyer and the London Eye does not have this restriction, right or do they? hehehhe sorry I haven’t been to the city of lions or the place of the queen )
Anyhow, those are the basic rules we got from their booth poster as well as from talking to some of the staff.
The VIP (tinted) and the Regular Gondolas of the Ferris Wheel in SM MOA
By the way, yesterday the mall was packed with lots and lots of people, yep not only their sm amusement park area. You can’t hardly find any vacant table in their food court. And people swarmed stores with those big attractive sale signs. I expect there will be a deluge of people visiting Mall of Asia this weekend when it’s Christmas =) But oh well, it’s wonderful to be in the midst of people and (sale) sometimes.
Enjoy Christmas with the family!
Please share your thoughts and experiences with the Moa Eye below – good and bad!
This pic of the SM Moa Eye gondola taken November 2012
2013 Update: Star City Now Has An Even Taller and Higher Ferris Wheel than Moa Eye! Awesome!
2012 SM MOA Eye Schedule of Operation
For Mondays to Thursdays the SM Moa eye is cheduled to open from 12 noon until 12 in the evening.
Fridays and Saturdays’ opening times are from 10 Am until 1 in the morning.
During Sundays, the giant Ferris Wheel is open from 12 Noon until Midnight.