The buzz surrounding One World Observatory was one of breathless anticipation. The pressure was high to deliver an experience that was bold and impressive — and respectful to the people whose lives were touched by the events of 9/11.
BuzzBuzzHome was on the scene Opening Day, and we can confirm that One World Observatory is just as spectacular as we hoped.
Housed on floors 100, 101, and 102 the One World Observatory provides panoramic views of New York City. But that’s just one part of the visit. David Checketts of Legends has crafted a fully rounded out experience for visitors.
The experience begins on the ground floor at the Global Welcome Center, which features greetings in dozens of languages and a real-time world map that highlights the hometowns of the site’s visitors. “Voices” is the pre-show program. It documents the stories of people who helped to rebuild after the 9/11 attacks. The “Foundations” program follows, and it delves into more detail about the building itself, its foundations, and its history.
Visitors then board one of five “Sky Pods” where they travel to the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds. This ride up is supplemented by a 360 digital view of a changing New York City.
From there, visitors reach the “See Forever Theater,” an artistic video presentation that highlights the spirit of New York City — its streets, people, and views.
The next step is the main observatory, featuring breathtaking views of the city as well as casual cafe, fine dining, and bar/lounge experiences.
Plan at least two hours for your visit, so you have ample time to enjoy the only-in-New York panoramic views — and contemplate the piece of history that is One World Observatory.