Lord of the PH Ferris Wheels: Battle Of The Five Eyes

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What is the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines?

For over a decade, the title was held by the same Ferris wheel.

But suddenly, the “Wheel Wars” started. And just within the past 3 years, new Ferris wheels have rolled into the Philippine landscape, all trying to claim the top spot.

This old-school thrill ride is cool once again!

Here are the five tallest Ferris wheels in the Philippines…the battle of the five “eyes.”

Find out who the true “Lord of the Wheels” is. The one (Ferris) wheel that rules them all.

5. Wheel of Fate

Located in Enchanted Kingdom, a theme park in Laguna province that opened in 1995, the Wheel of Fate was considered the tallest Ferris wheel in the country for over 15 years. But as the “lolo” of the group, when its height is compared to the newer wheels, it’s like a hobbit….the Bilbo Baggins of the bunch.

How tall is it?
40 meters (130 feet) tall

How many gondolas?
32 open-air gondolas with each gondola being able to fit six passengers. No air-conditioning here so best to ride in the evening or you might cook in the heat like a human rotisserie.

How’s the view?
Breathtaking view of the entire theme park and surrounding areas of Laguna province.

How long does the ride last?
Around 7 minutes.

How much does it cost?
For adults, ₱500 during weekdays and ₱600 during weekends and holidays. For kids, ₱250 during weekdays and ₱300 during weekends and holidays.

When can I ride it?
Hours vary so best to check their park schedule on their website.

How tall do I have to be to ride it?
You have to be at least 36 inches or 3 feet tall. And if you’re below 48 inches tall, you must be accompanied by a chaperone or Gandalf.

Enchanted Kingdom

San Lorenzo Rd., Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines

+63 2 584 3535

enchantedkingdom.ph

4. MOA Eye

The eye that started the battle. Located behind the huge SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is the huge MOA Eye. Also known as the “Big Wheel,” when it opened near the end of 2011, this wheel took fate into its own hands (or spokes?) and took the crown from the Wheel of Fate.

MOA Eye

Photo from rjdexplorer.com

How tall is it?
55 meters (180 feet) tall.

How many gondolas?
36 air-conditioned gondolas, with each being able to carry up to six passengers.

There are also 6 VIP cabins with leather seats and tinted windows in case you’re tired of looking at the the Manila sunset and just want to make out.

How’s the view?
A 360 degree view of the SM Mall of Asia and surrounding areas of Pasay City. You won’t get a better vantage point of the famous Manila Bay sunset.

During Friday and Saturday nights, you can view colorful fireworks in Manila Bay. But make sure to come early because lines do tend to get long.

How long does the ride last?
10 minutes.

How much does it cost?
Regular: ₱150/person
VIP: ₱300/person (Free binoculars and photo)

When can I ride it?

Mon-Thu 2 PM – 12 MN
Fri 2 PM – 1 AM
Sat 10 AM – 12 MN
Sun 10 AM – 12 MN

How tall do I have to be?
Children under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult.

MOA Eye

SM by The Bay Amusement Park, Sea Side Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

+63 2 862 7701 or +63 2 862 7704

MOA Eye’s Facebook Page

3. Giant Star Wheel

The MOA Eye didn’t keep the title for long. In November 2012, less than year after MOA Eye opened, along came the Giant Star Wheel.

Located in Star City, an amusement park that’s less than a 10-minute drive away from SM Mall of Asia, the Giant Star Wheel beat the MOA Eye in height by five meters.

Giant Star Wheel

Photo from starcity.com.ph

How tall is it?
60 meters (197 feet) tall.

How many gondolas?
32 air-conditioned gondolas that can fit up to 6 passengers each.

How’s the view?
Breathtaking view of Roxas Boulevard and the Manila Bay. Though not as close to the Manila Bay water as the MOA Eye.

How long does the ride last?
5 minutes.

It makes a very slow single spin, which is great for resting and taking top-shot pictures of the park.

How much does it cost?
There is no per ride fee at Star City. You can either get their Ride All You Can pass for ₱420 or get 3 rides for ₱360.

When can I ride it?

Mon-Thu 4 PM onwards
Fri-Sun 2 PM onwards

How tall do I have to be?
You have to be at least 36 inches tall. And if you’re below 48 inches tall, you must be accompanied by a chaperone or Gandalf.

Star City

Sotto St. cor. Jalandoni St., CCP Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila

+63 2 832 3249 or +63 2 833 4484

starcity.com.ph

2. Sky Eye

The battle for the biggest “Eye” was just heating up. One year later, the Sky Eye, also known as the “Tagaytay Eye,” opened. Located about a 2-hour drive south of Manila in Sky Fun, an amusement park in the City of Tagaytay, it’s taller than the Giant Star Wheel by three meters.

How tall is it?
63 meters (207 feet) tall.

How many gondolas?
32 air-conditioned gondolas which can accommodate up to 4 passengers.

How’s the view?
The Ferris wheel sits on top of land that’s 640 meters (2,100 feet) above sea level, which gives you a glorious view of Inception in action: you see Taal Lake, which contains a volcano, Taal Volcano, which contains a lake, Crater Lake, which contains an island, Vulcan Point. All of which is on a big island called Luzon. Confusing right? But the view is beautiful.

How long does the ride last?
10 minutes.
It makes a very slow single spin, which is great for resting and taking top-shot pictures of the park.

How much does it cost?
Entrance Fee: ₱100
Ride Fee: ₱150

When can I ride it?
Daily from 3 PM to 10 PM.

How tall do I have to be?
You have to be at least 36 inches or 3 feet tall.

Sky Ranch

Sky Fun Amusement Park, Tagaytay Rd., Tagaytay, Cavite
Beside Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City

+63 2 862 7704

Sky Fun Amusement Park’s Facebook Page

1. Pampanga Eye

The Sky Eye had about a year to bask in its tall glory before an even bigger Eye opened. This time to the north of Metro Manila in the province of Pampanga.

Located in Sky Ranch Pampanga, a theme park in San Fernando City, the Pampanga Eye is currently the tallest and biggest Ferris wheel in the Philippines.

With its height exceeding the Sky Eye’s by two meters, it may have won the battle but will it win the “War of the Wheels”?

How tall is it?
65 meters (213 feet) tall.

How many gondolas?
32 air-conditioned gondolas with each gondola carrying up to four people.

How’s the view?
A majestic view of the amusement park and all of its 23 rides, as well as Mount Arayat, extinct stratovolcano, and the surrounding areas of Pampanga.

How long does the ride last?
10 minutes.

How much does it cost?
Ride Fee: ₱150

When can I ride it?

Mon-Thu 3 PM – 12 MN
Fri-Sun 12 PM – 12 MN

How tall do I have to be?
You have to be at least 36 inches or 3 feet tall.

Sky Ranch Pampanga

Behind SM City Pampanga, NLEX cor. Jose Abad Santos Ave., San Fernando City, Pampanga

+63 45 963 7681
Sky Ranch Pampanga’s Facebook Page

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  • Lalelulelo

    I’ll make the “ALL SEEING EYE” a triangular shape wheel

    How many gondolas?
    3 air-conditioned and oxygenated gondolas with each carrying up to four people.

    How’s the view?
    a 720 view of the earth

    How long does the ride last?
    Depends on the earths rotation

    How much does it cost?
    Free coz this is a free world country so you what chu wunt!!

  • Lita K. Takpu

    interesting!

  • Commoners

    Ang hirap naman kasi sa mga Pilipino Gaya Gaya.. Nag pagawa ang London ng London Eye Lahat na ng Bagong Ferry’s wheel puro Eye.. Buti pa Star City may Originality.

    Mahilig
    kumopya. pero galit na galit sa Clone ng China e mahilig din naman
    manggaya.. May nga gawang original naman ewan ko kung bakit mahilig
    gumaya.

    • popoy

      Tanga intsik may ari nyan