The Mall of America has announced that an exciting new $23 million advanced flight simulator attraction, FlyOver America, will open in Spring 2016. The new attraction will be a stand-alone operation, but will be built in the Southwest corner of Nickelodeon Universe. FlyOver America will have a separate admission ticket from Nickelodeon Universe.
The ride experience is described as similar to the uber-popular Soarin' ride at Epcot in Disney World, and suitable for riders 4 years old and up. FlyOver America's press release calls the ride 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 ride seats will be elevated 10 to 25 feet above the ground in front of a giant half-spherical screen, and their motion in combination with the film and special effects will make passengers feel as if they are flying.
The new attraction is being created by a group that includes well know former Disney Imagineer Rick Rothschild. Crews will be out during the course of this year filming segments for the attraction all over the U.S. from a helicopter. FlyOver America will be based on the success of FlyOver Canada, which is already operating in Vancouver. The Canadian version boasts a 30 minute experience, including preshow, with the flight simulator portion lasting 8 minutes.
"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."
Construction on the new attraction was scheduled to start today. There's some additional details on the experience in this news article. This sounds like a great ride - here's hoping it is a hit so other versions may open around the country!