Reunion Tower in Dallas, TX: GeODeck & Cloud Nine Review
By: Nicole E Eades
Posted: Aug 28th, 2017
Blog:DFW Area Moms
I've lived in the DFW area since college and have always wanted to visit Reunion Tower. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do so and bring my family. We used Reunion Tower – Observation Deck to look up ticket information, GeODeck hours, Cloud Nine hours, and parking information. Tickets purchased online are valid for 30 days. Parking is only $6 at the south parking lot at Reunion Boulevard and Sports Street. I'm glad we parked there as they had these handy little markers to show us which way to go. I only wish they went a little farther because once we crossed the street we were unsure of what to do next. Thankfully, we spotted this blue wall down some stairs. We entered the building and again were a little lost. We went upstairs but there wasn't any signage pointing the way. So, we went back downstairs and tried going through some doors that ended up being a parking garage. Back up the escalators we went and ventured a little farther to find the ticket desk beyond some lit pillars. It felt like a scavenger hunt! :-) We picked up our tickets from the friendly employee at the ticket counter and headed around the corner to some more smiling employees. We had our tickets scanned and were told to go around another corner to wait for an ambassador to take us up. I noticed an assortment of photo props on a table before we went around the corner and asked if this was where we had our picture taken. (A digital souvenir photo is included in your ticket purchase.) I'm glad I mentioned the photo or she would not have taken ours before we went upstairs. We passed on the props but there were plenty of cute hats and other items to use. (Once at the GeODeck we chose our background and had the picture emailed to us using a Pix kiosk. You can also purchase a printed photograph or merchandise with the picture on it.) We were surprised it took 10 minutes of waiting before we got to go up. I wonder if they wait for groups to exit to prevent overcrowding? Once in the elevator our ambassador told us some fun facts and trivia about Reunion Tower. We could also look through the back of the elevator to get a sneak peek at the view and see how quickly we were travelling. Instead of heading straight to the GeODeck we went to Cloud Nine café. We had timed our arrival to see the sunset but things took a little longer than expected and we didn't want to miss out on a "Signature Cloud 9 Tower" to celebrate my oldest's birthday before the café closed. Patrons seat themselves and line up to place an order. The kids and I checked out the view while my husband waited in line. The counter to order is stationary while the table areas rotate. I don't experience motion sickness but sitting at the table made me the slightest bit queasy so those that suffer from motion sickness might bear that in mind. Almost 30 minutes later my husband had his turn to order and was told they had sold out of the dessert tower. Even though the kids had gotten cranky waiting and we had missed the sunset (the windows in the café have a tint that muddled the colors) we rallied and headed to the GeODeck. The view is phenomenal and the interactive screens were a hit. They explored Dallas with the Halo screens; clicking on different attractions and reading their descriptions. The kids each made their own star using a Constellation screen. "Constellation is a series of touch screen monitors located along the inner wall of the GeO-Deck; screen prompts encourage visitors to add their name and geographical information to a star, create an avatar and describe their experience with creative illustrations. Each visit begins as a single “star,” and additional visits result in a larger Constellation." Next time we will remember to download the Kwest free mobile app so we can also participate in the activities that has to offer while at the Reunion Tower. Outside there are a number of telescopes to take a closer peek at the city. That was definitely the kids' favorite part (our youngest needed a boost up to see which gave her the heebie jeebies while up so high). I have a small fear of heights but I felt very safe and secure. Our visit didn't go exactly as planned but it was a fun family outing and the kids will never forget it.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65+, $8 for children (4-12) and free for kids 3 and under. Day/Night tickets are also available so you can leave and return the same day. Tickets can be purchased online at Reunion Tower – Observation Deckor on-site. There is also a fine dining experience available at Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty. Please visit Reunion Tower – Observation Deck to learn more.