Mark your calendars, folks! May 29th has been announced as the official opening day of One World Trade Center's much-anticipated One World Observatory. Tickets will go on sale on April 8th, but special preview dates for school groups and World Trade Center construction workers will also be available before the official opening. Although the $32 price of admission has been criticized by many, the observatory, which covers 3 floors and sits 1,250 feet above street level, certainly promises to offer what could be the most spectacular views in New York City.
Although the price of admission is fairly steep, the observatory experience sounds like it could be worth it. Located on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center, the glassy viewing deck sits 1,250 feet above street level and will offer incredible birds-eye views from the Sky Portal, a 14-foot-wide circular transparent disc in the floor. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a number of casual and fine dining options.
Upon entry, guests will be greeted in their native language by a cutting-edge video board, followed by a presentation, Voices of the Building, that will vividly detail the history of One World Trade Center and its storied construction process.
Groups will then be transported up to the observatory in under 60 seconds by Sky Pod elevators equipped with floor-to-ceiling LED TVs that will simultaneously show the NYC skyline’s growth from the 1600s through the present day. Once in the observatory, visitors will be able to closely view local landmarks and neighborhoods through “City Pulse,” an interactive skyline ‘concierge’.
Although the official opening date is slated for May 29th, school groups and WTC construction workers will be granted special access before the opening date and there will be a first-come-first-serve open house for the public on May 28th. Once open, children ages 6-12 and retirees will be eligible for a discounted price while complimentary admission will be offered to 9/11 family members and 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.