MINNEAPOLIS, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Mall of America® announces first-ever FlyOver America attraction to open in Spring 2016.
FlyOver America is a flight simulation ride that brings guests on a breathtaking, aerial tour of some of the greatest landmarks and regions throughout the United States in virtual flight technology. The attraction will be a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents while soaring across some of America's most spectacular sights.
The destination attraction is designed for locals and tourists alike and is suitable for ages 4 and older. During the feature ride, guests will strap in and be suspended in the air with feet dangling 10 to 25 feet above the ground in specialized ride vehicles before a giant half-spherical dome screen. Guests will truly feel the thrilling sensation of flight as they move in concert with the FlyOver America film and use of special effects.
"The addition of FlyOver America will offer guests a one of a kind experience while adding to the many lifelong memories we are committed to helping our guests create during each visit to Mall of America," said Jill Renslow, Senior Vice President for Mall of America. "The innovative technology and talent behind the attraction reinforces Mall of America as a must-visit tourist destination."
The custom-built attraction is being created by a worldwide team of technicians, manufacturers and consultants, including Los Angeles based former Disney "Imagineer" Rick Rothschild. Production is currently underway for the FlyOver America film as the FlyOver film crew visits every region in the country, filming from a helicopter over the course of the year to capture all seasons.
"Building on our success in Canada, we looked at many sites around the world before choosing Mall of America and the state of Minnesota for our US expansion", said Andrew Strang, co-founder of FlyOver®. "We couldn't imagine a better home for our first FlyOver America and are honored to launch at this world-renowned location. The appeal of feeling like you're truly soaring over stunning landscapes in a fun environment is universal."
FlyOver America will be located in the southwest corner of Nickelodeon Universe located in Mall of America, home to more than 520 world-class shops and attractions. Admission will be separate from Nickelodeon Universe attraction passes. Construction on the project is expected to begin April 20, 2015.
ABOUT FLYOVER AMERICA LTD.
FlyOver America is being developed by the same team behind the hugely successful FlyOver Canada in Vancouver, Canada (www.flyovercanada.com). The principals are tourism entrepreneurs, Stephen Geddes and Andrew Strang, and the Aquilini Investment Group (the owners of the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team). FlyOver America Ltd. has put together a team of experts in themed entertainment from around the world with one simple mission: to create unforgettable experiences. They are committed to producing world-class destinations that deeply impact guests and the community alike.
ABOUT MALL OF AMERICA
Mall of America is the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex. At 4.87 million square feet, the Mall is home to more than 520 world-class shops; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest indoor family theme park; EMS Entertainment Exhibit Center; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, a 1.3 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Hard Rock Café; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; Theatres at Mall of America, a 14-screen movie theater with digital projection including 4K, digital sound and 3D capabilities; Radisson Blu Mall of America, a 500-room hotel connected by skyway to Mall of America The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Mall is currently undergoing an expansion project on all three levels on the north side. The expansion will include a 342-room JW Marriott hotel, office tower, high-end retailers, new dining options, a tourist welcome center and large event space. Follow Mall of America on Facebook and Twitter or visit our blog.
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