As if the Mall of America on its own isn’t worth a trip to the Twin Cities. Now it is also home to a new $20 million attraction that takes riders on a can’t-miss virtual flight across the U.S.
Earlier this month, FlyOver America, a fully immersive flight experience, opened at the Mall of America. The mall is home to more than 520 world-class shops, restaurants and attractions. You’ll find the new attraction in the southwest corner of Nickelodeon Universe. Using the most advanced flight-ride technology, this experience provides guests with a breathtaking aerial tour of some of the nation’s most popular landmarks and spectacular sights.
According to a press release, FlyOver America is unlike anything Minnesota has ever seen. Riders are suspended in the air with feet dangling 10 to 40 feet above the ground and immersed in a giant half-spherical dome screen. During the experience, guests will feel like they are truly flying as they enjoy a birds-eye view of varied locations stretching from Alaska to Hawaii to Maine. Special effects including wind, mist and scents add to the immersive nature of the experience.
“We’re excited about the grand opening of our first FlyOver America location in the U.S. and we’re confident that our guests will walk away feeling energized and inspired,” said Andrew Strang, FlyOver America co-founder. “It’s truly a unique opportunity to fully experience all the U.S. has to offer, from remote hidden treasures to well-known national landmarks.”
Designed by a worldwide team of filmmakers, technicians and creative consultants, FlyOver America was filmed using a state-of–the-art 6k resolution camera mounted on the front of a helicopter. The FlyOver America creative team worked for over a year filming at locations all over the country, including notable Minnesota landmarks Lake Calhoun, Red Wing and the mighty Mississippi River.
“We had the pleasure of visiting and filming so many amazing locations, one of the toughest things was editing the film and choosing what made the final cut,” said Stephen Geddes, FlyOver America co-founder. “But I’m confident that whether you’ve traveled the nation or not, everyone is going to really enjoy FlyOver America.”
Although there are no age restrictions to ride the attraction, all guests must by 40” or taller. Admission is separate from Nickelodeon Universe attraction passes, with tickets for adults (ages 13 years and above) available for $16.95 and children (40” to 12 years) for $12.95. For more information, please visit: www.flyover-america.com.