"Skyslide" is absolutely not for those afraid of heights — the glass slide is affixed to the side of the soaring US Bank Tower in Downtown. The narrow glass tunnel, which offers views of the city from nearly 1,000 feet in the air, is one of two new attractions atop the US Bank Tower. The other is a public observation deck. They’re collectively called "Oue Skyspace," and they’re opening to the masses this weekend.
But Curbed LA secured a preview today, and we somehow worked up the guts to slide. Oue officials told CBS News it, "can withstand an 8.0 earthquake and 110-mile-per-hour hurricane force winds," so that was reassuring.
The rules of theme parks apply here: Waiting in line is the hardest part. It allows time to hear other riders screaming as they fly down and time to gaze out the window and think, "Oh yeah, we're 70 stories up."
The slide is 45 feet long and drops from the 70th to the 69th floor. It's laid out so that it almost immediately curves right and tilts down, giving the rider a feeling that she's in a car that's swerved slightly to miss something in the road. At this height, that is not a great feeling. But the ride is fun. There were zero fatalities and many people even went twice.
The Skyslide definitely stole the show at the Skyspace opening. All the GoPros and selfie sticks were laser-focused on capturing the ride down this glass chute, but the Skyspace has 360-degree views and outdoor patios, too.
The slide and observation deck open 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25, though tickets are on sale now. Adult admission starts at $25. More details here.
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Air7HD flew over a foggy Downtown Los Angeles this morning, and got this great shot of the new Skyslide at @skyspacela…which opens on Saturday! The owners are promising "a thrill experience unlike any other." The outdoor glass slide is nearly 1,000 feet above street level! It’s 45-feet long, 4-feet wide and made of 1-1/4 inch thick glass…taking you from the 70th to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. For $33, adults have access to all levels of the Skyspace and Observation Decks, as well as a ride on the Skyslide. So how about it? Will you slide in the sky? Let us know in the comments below!
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This is Skyslide. It's a glass slide on the side of an LA skyscraper. The slide extends from floor 70 to 69 of the US Bank Tower nearly 1,000 feet off the ground. #slide #scary #heights #glass #LA #skyscraper #losangeles #skyspace #skyslide #tower #fun #andrenalinerush
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