One World Observatory is a major destination in downtown Manhattan and will be a highlight of summer travel, providing guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, unmatched amenities, original programming and curated food and beverage offerings.
The indoor, temperature-controlled Observatory is open daily, offering a friendly and fun experience for visitors of all ages to take in 360-degree views of the city.
“We are thrilled to play a special role in reconnecting visitors with the greatest city in the world,” said Delfin Ortiz, Managing Director at One World Observatory. “Whether visiting One World Observatory for the first time or coming back to make more memories, there is something new to uncover and enjoy each and every time.”
The Experience & New Enhancements
The Global Welcome Center and The Horizon Grid greet visitors upon arrival. The Global Welcome Center allows guests to be a part of an international address book that creates a visual show with massive amounts of geographic data, collected since 2015. Pulled in real time from kiosks, as well as One World Observatory’s distribution network, the data is shown in a dynamic format featuring every U.S. state, region, country and continent of the world. As guests step closer, they become part of the show, with thousands of pixels surrounding them and offering a unique LED visual experience.
The Horizon Grid is a three-minute multimedia spectacular located on the ground level and dazzles guests shortly after entry. Showcasing memorable moments, famous faces, and iconic places viewable from One World Observatory, the presentation shares 400 years of history, specifically unique to downtown Manhattan – from the arrival of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon, to Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street Power Station and the invention of the elevator. The presentation is powered by 145 screens and accompanied by an original music score.
One World Observatory transports visitors 1,250 feet in five of the fastest elevators in the world – bringing guests to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. During the ascent, the famous SkyPod™ Elevators treat visitors to a virtual time-lapse show that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline from the 1500s to the present day and contains nearly 35,000 different objects and references nearly 2,000 historical images.
Food & Beverage
Guests are able to enjoy premier dining high above Manhattan’s spectacular skyline at ONE Dine Restaurant and Bar, which offers a menu that sources signature items from many regions of New York state. The menu also features seasonally inspired favorites and signature beverages. Guests are encouraged to check One World Observatory’s website for the latest menu and prix- fixe experience offerings.
General & Ticketing
The Observatory operates from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Ticketing is timed to minimize queues and offer a seamless, socially distant onsite experience. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance of arrival, and One World Observatory has implemented heightened disinfection and safety protocols that are compliant with federal and state regulations and have been reviewed and approved by the City of New York.
For those interested in an exclusive guided experience of One World Observatory, Mastercard VIP Tours are available for purchase. Running about an hour in length, VIP tours are guided by the Observatory’s Tour Ambassadors who share their intimate knowledge of New York City with tour guests. For those looking to explore all that Lower Manhattan has to offer, the Official Downtown Experience combination ticket package brings together discounted access to One World Observatory, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
One World Observatory has welcomed more than 11 million guests since its opening in May of 2015. The Observatory is located at One World Trade Center, 117 West Street, New York, New York 10007. The entrance to the Observatory is located on the West Plaza alongside West Street at the Northwest corner of the World Trade Center site near the intersection of West and Vesey Streets.
To learn more about One World Observatory, visit the Legends booth at IPW located in the national section – Booth 2327 near Walt Disney Resorts & Cruises, Universal Parks & Resorts, Go City, City Experiences (Hornblower), Planet Hollywood, and the special exhibit space dedicated to Sports & Entertainment Tourism & Major League Baseball.