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The breathtaking, inspiring views from One World Observatory

Posted: 5:43 PM, May 20, 2015
Updated: 2015-05-21 03:59:50-04

MANHATTAN (PIX11) -- A trip up to One World Observatory is meant to be an experience.  From the moment visitors walk in, they will be awestruck.

"I think they'll feel pride for our country. I think they'll feel pride that we put it back up and I think they'll be amazed by the views," said David Checketts, CEO of Legends, Operator of Observatory.

Once tickets are purchased, be prepared for tight security, similar to what you find at airports.  Background checks will be conducted as guests are ushered into its Welcome Center.  As tickets are scanned, a map projected onto a wall to wall screen will highlight where each visitor is from.  From here, a walk at their own pace through a short film entitled Voices.  An emotional moment as men and women who built One World Trade from the ground up share their stories of being part of a historic project.

Foundations is next, where patrons will find themselves in the very bedrock on which the building stands.  Illuminated words tell a story as it's displayed on its walls.

The Sky Pods are perhaps one of the most impressive features.  It's being hailed as the fastest elevators in the world as it jets visitors up to the 102nd floor in just 47 seconds and even then continues to entertain them. 500 years of New York city's history and changing skyline will flash before their eyes.

On the 102nd floor, before the moment everyone is waiting for, a two minute video of vibrant  New York life is shown and then finally, panels pull apart and lift up to reveal panoramic views of New York City from 1,250 feet up in the sky.  On a clear day, visitors will be able to see up to 50 miles away.

Three floors from 100 to 102 are for visitors to explore, complete with a restaurant and event space.

"It's a tribute to looking forward to the hope of the future and to all good things. But it's really a fist pump to we're back," explains Checketts.

The Observatory will open to the public on May 29.  Tickets for guests ages 13-64 will be $32 and $26 for children ages 6-12.  Seniors ages 65+ will be $30.  Tickets are available for purchase in advance online at or over the phone at (844) 696-1776.