The One World Trade Center observatory officially opened today. But Charli James of ABC News was allowed early access, and shot this video of the new building’s amazing views.
The observatory takes up levels 100, 101, and 102 of the building, the nation’s tallest, at 1,776 feet. The main public viewing space is on the 100th floor, with restaurants on the 101st floor, and an event space on the 102nd floor.
Visitors reach the observatory via one of five elevators called ‘skypods’ that zip them to the observatory in 60 seconds. Along with a spectacular view, they will see a video called 'Voices’ about those who built One WTC. There’s also a virtual time lapse that recreates the development of the New York City skyline and beyond from the 1600s to present day.
Tickets for the observation deck are not cheap. Adults are expected to pay $32, while children can expect to pay $26. However, family members of those killed in the World Trade Center attack will be granted free admission, as will workers who participated in rescue operations.
An estimated 3 million to 4 million visitors are expected to visit the observation deck each year.
(Source: ABC News)