We knew in advance there would be long queues for this attraction over the Christmas and New Year holiday season so left our visit until late as possible into our trip (2nd Jan 2013). We arrived just before 10am and was met with a huge line not only in the foyer of the ESB but also along the street for about a block.
We had an explorer pass but this does not allow fast track / skip the line. Fortunately I had been shopping at macys the day previously and picked up a VIP ticket at the visitor centre. WOW best thing a did. It allowed us to skip not only the huge line outside but the whole foyer and the security screening (which was taking 45mins to an hour to clear). We were at the admission desk in 5 minutes.
We did find ourselves waiting in line for elevator for around 15mins and once at the 86th floor the view on a beautiful clear January morning was breathtaking and so was the cold! We didnt pay the additional $25 each to go up to floor 106.
We previously visited in mid February which was a much quieter time.
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