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Things to Do in Florida {Series} – The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

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During our recent stay at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, we were provided with tickets to I-Drive 360.  As many times as we’d been to International Drive, I never knew that this little gem existed! It made me want to explore our great state more and provide a list of things to do in Florida.  I’m continuing our series with the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye in Orlando, FL.

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye provides a moment to escape, and discover the magic and natural wonder Orlando has to offer from above. Be effortlessly lifted away in a capsule of calm and serenity to see Orlando in a way you’ve never seen it before.  The iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast.

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Waiting in Line

My kids were most excited about going to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.  Imagine an enormous ferris wheel that goes super slow and allows you to see Orlando from up in the sky.  Sounds dreamy right?  Well, when you have anxiety like I do, not so much.  I knew how much my girls wanted to go on so I sucked it up and got in line.

The line moved pretty quickly.  We were at the front before we knew it and ready to head off to another adventure.  We were all excited, but inside, we were all kinda terrified (we found this out after the fact of course).  They have different cars, some with a Coca-Cola bottle cap seat and others with a white seat.  The girls were hoping for the bottle cap, but unfortunately those were all taken.

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Fear Takes Over

I was surprised to find that each capsule is air-conditioned.  That made things a little less scary for someone like me who isn’t thrilled to be locked in small spaces.  As we walked onto the capsule, a large man turned around and said in a very loud voice that he couldn’t do this.  There was a split second where my husband said he was contemplating the same thing.  But, as cautious as we all were, we stepped on to our private capsule.  As the doors closed, I found myself panicking.  I was trying to find a button or a phone to call and let them know that I needed off, asap.  I try not to allow my kids to see my anxiety but in some cases, I can’t control it.

My husband saw my fear and immediately jumped into action. He handed me my camera and asked me to take some pictures. It’s amazing how quickly my anxiety diminished.  Distraction is key in these situations, at least for me.  While I was looking through my camera at my family, I realized how incredible this moment really was.  I realized that had I jumped off, I wouldn’t be there, right that moment, about to embark on an adventure with my family.  There are so many times when I allow anxiety to get in my way, but this time, it didn’t win.

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Breathtaking View

The view was amazing.  I lived in Orlando for a couple of years during college (go Knights!) and I know what a great city it is but I never saw it from this height.  It was absolutely breathtaking.  The girls took turns pointing out things that they could see and were extra excited that they were able to see Universal Studios.  The sky was clear and the more we were in there, the more I relaxed.  I took tons of pictures, much more than I could ever share on here but each one was like a small triumph for me because it meant that it was another minute that I was conquering my fear.

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I even jumped into some of the pictures (which is crazy rare).  My husband wound up snapping this shot of me and the girls.  My hair wasn’t done, I had no makeup on, but it’s a picture of me and my daughters just minutes after I had a full fledge panic attack.  To me, this picture symbolizes so much more.  It was a vulnerable moment where my kids saw that although I was battling something, I didn’t let it get the best of me.  It was the moment that I came up with my new motto…

Don’t focus on the fear of the obstacle, focus on the accomplishment after you conquer it.

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Conquering the World

As we got off of the capsule, I felt like I could conquer the world.  It really set the tone for the rest of our trip.  I knew that if I could get past that one moment, I wouldn’t have to sacrifice having fun with my family on our trip, or on any future adventures.   We were presented with the option to purchase a book with pictures that they had taken of us on our way into the attraction.  I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to remember this particular moment forever… the anticipation, the fear and especially the pride.

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We really had an incredible time at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and look forward to visiting again soon!  Stay tuned for part 3 of our “things to do in Florida” series!  Have you ever been to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye? Comment below and share your experience!

As soon as the doors closed, I knew I was about to have a panic attack. Here's what happened when we visited the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.

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  • Chastity
    March 13, 2019

    Sometimes you have to just adjust the fear by doing the action. I love rides so this would have been fun for me. I haven’t been in Orlando in years, but need a vacation ASAP after seeing your posts.

  • berlin | Momi berlin
    March 11, 2019

    Hey. That is a nice way to have a great view of the city and a pretty unobstructed view at that. Makes me want to travel there, too.

  • Sofia
    March 10, 2019

    I’m still missing that part of the world! Can’t wait to explore it! Amazing photos!

  • Ana
    March 9, 2019

    I rode on Orlando eye many times whenever we have any relatives or friends come to visit us in Orlando! It is a unique experience!

  • Jasmine Hewitt
    March 9, 2019

    Have to save this for when we go back to visit family. that wheel looks fun

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    March 9, 2019

    Whoa that Orlando Eye looks scary. I am afraid of heights but the view looks amazing up there.

  • Sara Welch
    March 9, 2019

    What a fun experience! I bet the kids loved soaking in the views!

  • Natural Beauty And Makeup
    March 9, 2019

    Lord! Hubby and I both have hight and water phobia so I bet, I will never be able to go for this ride!! 🙁 BUT this looks so much fun, loved all the pictures 🙂

  • Alexandra Cook
    March 9, 2019

    I have never been there but it sounds like a nice destination getaway during Spring break.

  • Elaine
    March 8, 2019

    I had no idea there was an “Eye” so close to home! My brief trip to London last year had me wanting to go on the London Eye so badly, but we didn’t have enough time. Until I can get back there, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye can tide me over for sure!

  • Judith
    March 8, 2019

    Those pictures are amazing! and I like how you turned your fear into a positive. Thanaks

  • Ronnie
    March 8, 2019

    This loos like a great family experience! I would love to visit there with the kids and take a few photos. 🙂

  • Beth Pierce
    March 8, 2019

    Looks amazing! I don’t know if I could handle it though; I have such a fear of heights and claustrophobia! My family would definitely enjoy something like this though!

  • Clair
    March 8, 2019

    How much fun is this?! We are hoping to head to Orlando this fall and will have to remember to stop by here!

  • Catalina
    March 8, 2019

    What a fun activity to do with all my family. I am sure that my my kid will enjoy it a lot!

  • Kristy Bullard
    March 8, 2019

    This sounds like an amazing experience for your whole family! The views are really incredible. I’m glad you were able to conquer your fears and enjoy this!

  • Mimi
    March 8, 2019

    I have never heard of this before but the adventure seeker inside of me is excited! This looks like an amazing experience for the whole family

  • John Mulindi
    March 8, 2019

    You guys had an enjoyable trip. Florida seems a great and beautiful place to visit!

  • Tonya Morris
    March 8, 2019

    I haven’t heard of this before! So glad I stumbled upon this post. My best friend lives in Orlando and I visit her a lot, we will have to check this out together!

  • Clyde Quiñonez
    March 8, 2019

    I know that feeling too well of hesitating or having hysterics inwardly or maybe obviously but in the end enjoying the moment anyway. Your experience was really fun and memorable and you have even done it with your family, that’s already sweet enough. 🙂

  • Porsha
    March 8, 2019

    I’ll use this blog for my visit next year 🙂

    • Heather
      March 8, 2019

      Umm.. you guys coming to Orlando? Because we should totally meet you there!

  • Heather
    March 8, 2019

    I’ve never heard of this. I have visited Orlando quite a bit, especially as a child. I need to keep this place in mind for our next visit. It looks like so much fun and a great way to see the city.

  • Subhashish Roy
    March 8, 2019

    The Orlando eye would surely be very exciting. I make it a point to undertake these journeys to get a top view.

  • Emmanuel Damian
    March 8, 2019

    The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye seems like an interesting ride. I hope I can visit it soon and try it myself. So cool!

  • Ruth I
    March 8, 2019

    Oh wow. Breath taking view indeed! I am a little scared of heights but would still love to experience this!

  • Jona Shares
    March 8, 2019

    I have never been to Orlando and this is still on my list. Hopefully I would be able to tick it off on my bucket list the soonest. I would love to experience the things that you have listed.

  • eli
    March 8, 2019

    ooh i actually haven’t heard of these attractions in Florida. Florida surprises me with all the things you can do there

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    March 8, 2019

    I went to Florida many years ago and it was lovely!!!! I must admit we drove just to a few places before it was over. That’s a great way to get a birdseye view of what’s nearby.

  • Pati Robins
    March 8, 2019

    my husbad suffers from terrible anxiety so he can relate , i also think that orlando eye has such a breath taking views

  • katie davies
    March 8, 2019

    what a fab view i would love to visit Florida one day it looks beautiful

  • Ricci
    March 8, 2019

    I would love to ride the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye!! It looks like so much fun and you can see the whole city that way!!

  • CherishingFlo
    March 8, 2019

    This is why I like visiting Florida. I always find out about something awesome I’ve never seen before there. I may have to check Coca Cola our next time I visit

  • Gladys Nava
    March 7, 2019

    Oh my goodness! Florida is a great place to visit! I love to take the adventure like this and experience too. Stunning photos!

  • Explore The 6
    March 7, 2019

    When I visit Orlando I always venture off to Disney, never been on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye but it looks fun 🙂

  • Beth
    March 7, 2019

    That’s great that your husband was able to distract you and stop the anxiety from ruining the ride! It looks like everyone had fun!

  • Dennis Littley
    March 7, 2019

    Realizing how high up it is can be quite alarming but getting past that and enjoying the view would be ideal. If possible. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Ashley
    March 7, 2019

    We have one of these here in DC but I haven’t braved it yet. It’s just so dang high up!!

  • vanessa benitez-barrios
    March 7, 2019

    This looks like a really awesome. I lived in Orlando briefly and its amazing the amount of things to do in this town,

  • Erin
    March 7, 2019

    I’m actually visiting Florida in two weeks. Thanks for these suggestions!

  • Stacie
    March 7, 2019

    I need to get the family on that thing! I can’t believe we’ve been to Orlando so many times and have never done this.

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    March 7, 2019

    I love the way your husband helped you with your anxiety attack, it looks it was worth it

  • Mimi
    March 7, 2019

    That sounds like a challenge but the view was beautiful and you and you girls look amaizng

  • Ashley
    March 7, 2019

    As many times as I’m in Orlando / Florida, I’ve actually never done this! I’ll have to check it out next time.

  • Amber Myers
    March 7, 2019

    I would love to do something like this. It’s amazing to see all the scenery around you. I need to add this to my list the next time we’re in Orlando.

  • Tasheena
    March 7, 2019

    This looks like a lot of fun. I can’t wait until my next visit to Florida. Always so much to see and do.

  • Melanie
    March 7, 2019

    We were in Florida a few years ago, but I did not know about this. It looks like something fun to do, although I do have one son who is afraid of heights.

  • Sarah Bailey
    March 7, 2019

    Florida is such an amazing place to go! it is incredible how many things there are to do there. I have to admit I’m never a fan of Ferris Wheels but they do give SUCH a great view, I just have to hold on for dear life.

  • Tamara
    March 7, 2019

    I live close to Orlando and have seen The Eye often but never been on it. Must go some day.

  • Melissa Chapman
    March 7, 2019

    That wheel does look scary and I am getting dizzy just looking at the pictures. I give you a lot of credit for getting through that very high ride.

  • Jeanette
    March 7, 2019

    I had no idea they had this down there. I love doing stuff like that it’s just fun because you can see out over the land is the ride is easy to do.

  • candy
    March 7, 2019

    Bet that ride is very popular. I would have to ride it with one of my adult kids. Hubby doesn’t like heights. The view is out of this world from up there I bet.

  • Melissa Dixon
    May 2, 2018

    That sounds like a fun way to see the city. I would love to check that out in person. I used to live in Florida but never knew about this!

  • Lian Wright
    May 1, 2018

    This sounds like an amazing attraction to visit! I can see why being up so high could cause some to rethink going in, but I can only imagine the amazing views from way up there.

  • GiGi Eats
    May 1, 2018

    I bet the view up there was incredible!!

  • Vera Sweeney
    May 1, 2018

    What a spectacular view of Orlando! I’m sure the ride on the Ferris Wheel would be worth the anxiety! The Eye is a must-do for anyone going to Orlando!

  • Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog
    April 1, 2018

    This looks like a fun way to get a good view of the city. I haven’t been in a gondola in a very long time. I would also love to see how coca cola is made too.

  • Alison Rost
    March 28, 2018

    It’s a pretty awesome experience especially for the kids and it’s definitely something that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. I loved all the pictures that you shared, you all look so happy!

  • Bohemian Babushka
    March 20, 2018

    Good for You!! Not only did you overcome your anxiety and shared that example/triumph with your familia, you experienced an unforgettable view. BB hasn’t risen the Ferris wheel yet, but now will definitely add that to Florida gotta does. Don’t you just love our state? BB2U

  • Heather
    March 20, 2018

    That looks like so much fun! I’m sure you got such a unique view of the city! My kiddos might be a little nervous, but proud of themselves after experiencing it.

  • Heather Stone
    March 19, 2018

    I grew up in Florida and have gone but I sure do now. That looks fun…..a bit nerve racking but a lot of fun. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful day.

  • Teresa Young
    March 19, 2018

    We were vacationing in Orlando & meeting up with friends who had moved there from our hometown. The Orlando Eye was the perfect activity to do, and there is a nice variety of restaurants right in the i-Drive 360 area. We had great fun on the Eye – I even did a little dance on the pole LOL. I am looking forward to someday riding other Eyes – maybe in Washington DC & London.

  • Serena Hale
    March 18, 2018

    Florida is one of my favorite places to be with all of the beautiful sites and weather. I honestly do not know if I would done this attraction though, but it looks fun.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    March 18, 2018

    It has been a while since we visited Florida. We plan on taking the kids there in the next few months. It looks like we have so many attractions to choose from!

  • Karissa @WithOurBest
    March 18, 2018

    The Orlando Eye looks like fun! And what great photos they make!!

  • Laura
    March 18, 2018

    I’m so incredibly proud of you! I don’t know that I could ever do that. Regular “Ferris wheels” scare me, I can’t imagine going so slowly! Lol. Does it take you around more than once? How long is the experience in its entirety?

    • The Super Mom Life
      March 18, 2018

      Thanks! It goes around once and takes about 20 minutes to go completely around, if I remember correctly.

  • Penny
    March 18, 2018

    That does sound fun. I have done this in Atlanta and Myrtle Beach witt eh family; I believe the rides are very similar. I did have some fear on the ride, but you are right that it is definitely worth getting over that fear and just doing it!

  • Jennifer Van Huss
    March 18, 2018

    I love learning about things to do in Florida that aren’t DISNEY relate!! I LOVE Disney, but there are so many different things that Florida has to offer that nobody knows about!! This for example is something my kids would love!

  • Sarah Bailey
    March 17, 2018

    Now this sounds like an amazing way to see the surrounding area, I have to admit I’ve not been in any of these wheels but I’ve always thought the view must be stunning.

  • Tasheena
    March 17, 2018

    I can’t wait to visit Florida and go on this with my family. It looks like so much fun.

  • Natalie
    March 17, 2018

    I’ve never been to Florida but it is on my bucket list! The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye sounds like the perfect way to take in the city. We recently got a ferris wheel in my city’s old port.

  • Bill Sweeney
    March 17, 2018

    I like going to Orlando. The Ferris wheel view of Orlando would be worth the anxiety. Air conditioned cars too!

  • Roger Willis
    March 17, 2018

    I’m with you on the anxiety about being in a Ferris Wheel! I too would suck it up for my grand kids, as my kids are all adults now. I have never been to Florida, but this would be a lot of fun.

  • Danielle Fox
    March 17, 2018

    I did not even know this was there! We go to Legoland in Florida. When we go this fall I am going to suggest going to this too now

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