Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Stand On Top of the World

Before and after the Space Needle renovation.
Built in 1962 for the 1963 World’s Fair, the Space Needle has seen few renovations over the years. But now that the 605-tall icon has finished its $100 million renovation, it has never looked better providing brand new experiences for those you dare to up there. While the Needle may look nearly the same from down below, trust us, it’s a whole new view at the top. Entire walls, barriers, and even floors of the “spacelift” have been replaced by clear structural glass to dramatically expand views.

Here is what you can expect during your next visit:

While no one was really a fan of the wire “caging” that used to surround the outer Observation Deck, everyone was in agreement that safety was a priority. But now with the replacement of the glass barriers, views are no longer obstructed offering seamless sight lines.

New “Skyrisers” are glass benches affixed to alternating glass barriers that leave guests with their feet dangling over the city below. The benches actually face the needle rather than outward which at first seems counter intuitive, but the experience gives a sense of hovering in the sky looking at the Needle – something that folks at the Needle describe as a perfect place for a “spine-tingling Seattle selfie.”

Oculus Stairs
The three doors that open to the outer Observation Deck have been replaced with new doors that are doubled in size and a new, custom-designed, state-of-the-art accessibility lift has also be added.
Inside the Needle’s interior, the Oculus Stairs provides a new, open circular stairway made of steel, wood, and glass as it winds down from the Observation Deck to the 500-Foot Level. At the base of the new open stairway there is a glass-floored oculus revealing views of the Space Needle’s steel superstructure, as well as the elevators and counterweights ascending and descending.

The Loupe
Found on the 500-Foot Level, The Loupe features floor-to-ceiling glass and the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. Through this glass floor, you will be able to see the mechanics of the turntable, which consist of a series of 12 motors. The power transmission relies on rolling peg gears to minimize friction and wear.

Other new features at the top of the Needle include multiple professional digital photos options including the Skyhigh Selfie and Zoomie, an interactive display featuring the many years of memories on the Skypad and the Stratos VR where you can take your visit “virtually” over the edge with a bungee jump. To enhance your experience, download the free Space Needle app before you go.

The Loupe
Gone is the SkyCity Restaurant, but not for long. A new dining experience has been promised and will be announced later this year as the Space Needle is working with world-renowned hospitality designer Adam Tihany of Tihany Design to create a new restaurant and lounge experience.

The Space Needle is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to Midnight. Though pricey, there are a few tips on getting the biggest bang for your buck. Purchase your tickets online ahead of time and this will save you a lot of standing in line time at the Needle. Also, visit the Needle before 10:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. and you’ll save $10. Regular ticket prices are $37.50. Youth (ages 5-12) and Seniors (65+) get in for $28.50.

While you can’t miss it, the Space Needle is located at 400 Broad Street, Seattle 98109

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