After months of anticipation, the wait is finally over. Thrill-seekers and daredevils can now get a ticket to slide the 1,000 foot-high ‘Skyslide’ at OUE Skyspace LA, which opened to the public on Saturday June 25th. Press was invited to take the plunge prior to grand opening day. On that day, we came, we slide, some of us laughed, while others looked like they were on the verge of tears. Either way, we conquered the sky in slide, and if you didn’t conquer the slide, then one reveled in the view. However, here’s a review of my experience.
The Skyslide may not be for the meek at heart, but it’s definitely not as crazy as I thought it would be. Even though I am fully aware of the fact that the only thing holding me up 1,000 feet high in the sky, is a 1/4 thick inch of glass. It’s bizarre to think about, but in actuality, the slide would have to last a lot longer in order for me to have a panic attack, or outrageous reaction. On a scale of 1 to 10, if I had to rate my Skyspace LA experience as a whole, I’d give it a 7, because I loved the impressive self-guided interactive exhibit which features a panoramic 360-degree virtual typography of the city, as well as the 360-degree view of Los Angeles that can be seen and admired on the 69th floor observation deck.
Self-guided interactive exhibit (image taken by Raquel Natalicchio/Happening in DTLA)
Don’t look down! Old elevator shaft made into a “infinite mirror” on the 54th floor
In order to get to the observation deck, one had to take the plunge down a 45-foot outdoor glass ‘Skyslide’ that’s sitting nearly 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. It’s ¼ inches thick, and extends 45 feet long from the 70th floor to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. Sounds nuts, but it really isn’t so terrible, but that’s only if you’re not acrophobic. In that case – don’t look down!
At the top of the slide, riders are given a grey carpet to sit on to help build momentum during the slide. Once seated, riders can either insert their feet through the loopholes on the bottom, or sit cross-legged, as you hold on tight and scoot yourself down until the carpet picks up speed. As you go down, there’s a slight bend in the slide that pushes you to the left-hand side. If you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open, you’ll be able to see the cityscape to your left before you shoot out onto a cushioned inflatable mat. This all takes about 4-5 seconds.
Things to note: The Skyspace LA experience happens on multiple floors, so be ready to check in on the 2nd floor, and then be directed down a hall that will lead to an elevator that will take you up to the 54th floor for a self-guided interactive technology exhibit. Once you’re done moving around, and enjoying all of the panoramic virtual views, you’ll be lead to the 70th floor to brave the ‘Skyslide’ for 4-5 second wild ride. Overall, the ride isn’t very long, and tickets are not cheap, but if you’re looking to transform your view of Los Angeles, then Skyspace LA is the destination to do so. Tickets to view the cityscape via observation deck are $25, and an additional $8 for the slide ride. For more information visit their website, or follow @SkySpaceLA on Instagram. Watch my official reaction to ‘Skyslide’ here.
All Images Taken By Raquel Natalicchio Unless Stated Otherwise
OUE SkyspaceLA | 633 W. 5th Street, Suite 840 | Los Angeles, CA 90071 | 213.810.9931
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