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    This review in no way reflects our visit to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. I will no doubt go up again when I visit in the future, but I won’t pay the NY Skyride crooks in the street to do so again. Like others who have reviewed, we were accosted on the street with the Skyride deal by a guy with a Skyride uniform and he convinced us he was legit. We believed him and paid $61 which include a “ride,” museum tour, and no lines to the top. After entering the building we were led into a small room with a large group of others to see TV screens around the room that told some history about the building. We were then corralled into another small room to see another but similar show on screens. We then entered the ride, which was a motion ride in which your seat moves on a platform while you watch a “big” screen that is supposed to make you feel like you’re flying around the city. The video was low resolution, and the motion was downright embarrassing. We then exited and waited in the same lines that everyone else had to wait in. The visit to the top was amazing and well worth every penny…unbelievable!!! After a great visit at the top, we went down and exited the building and see the ticket price sign and see that the “Express” ticket that allows you to go to the top without waiting in line (without the childish show we were forced to watch) is $50. We could have REALLY skipped all lines for $11 less than we paid. The guy who sold us our ticket worked for the building, because he had the same uniform on and a printer to print the tickets, so the building is the entity that is scamming people!!! I didn’t understand until I saw that an investment firm owns the building now.$$$$$$ Go see the building, but don’t buy your tickets from outside.

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    Worst tourist trap EVER!! First they promise you express to let you pass all of the wait (they told us a 30 min wait). Then they make you go through three video rooms on the history of New York City. After that you get on some stupid motion ride advertised to be IMAX. Then you come to realize that EVERYONE got the “express” and you have to wait 2-3 hours at the top. Worst experience ever!!! Please avoid this at all costs and just go straight to the actual Empire State building ticket booth!!

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    This company has employed a bunch of criminals to sell their tickets. A group of us were approached by “an authorized skyline dealer” upon our approach to the empire state building. The dealer proceeded to convince my group that for the price of $49.00 we would be able to see the virtual tour of NYC and skip the line (go through express) all the way to the top of the building. Well, the tickets were actually $61.00, which he didn’t tell us until after he charged our debit cards. The virtual tour was a joke and we ended up waiting in the same hour and half long line as everyone who paid $17 dollars for their tickets. Just a complete scam. Go straight to the empire state building and buy it through them. Avoid all dealers in blue shirts!

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    Most of you have probably read the reviews so believe it when I say watch out for the guys claiming they can get you in without falling in line. Go straight to the ticket counter at the Empire State. It’s an old tourist attraction so don’t get all your hopes up. But it does offer a nice view of the city.

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    AWFUL. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY- WE WERE LIED TO. We were told that we would not wait in any lines, that we would go to the top floor (we didn’t- we waited half an hour in the elevator line and we were on the jam packed 86th floor with everyone else). The ‘Skyride’ was terrible. Out of focus and fuzzy, and will induce motion sickness in anyone. I can ride anything without feeling sick, but this was constant swooping and turning. You can’t even tell what you’re looking at on the screen, it’s so grainy and moving all over so quickly. Be smart- go online and buy your tickets directly from the Empire State Bldg website!!!