FlyOver America Now Open at the Mall of America in Minnesota

In 2016, Soarin’, one of our family’s favorite Disney attractions, debuts an updated Soarin’ Around the World version, but Disney’s no longer the only place to experience this attraction.  FlyOver America recently opened at Minnesota’s Mall of America, and the ride was designed by a team including retired Walt Disney Imagineer Rick Rothschild.  Like Soarin’, FlyOver America simulates a hang-glider ride above some of the United States’ most recognizable landmarks.  Rothschild’s team also designed FlyOver Canada which opened in 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Continue reading for more details on FlyOver America from the Mall of America’s press release as I hum the Soarin’ theme in my head.

From the Mall of America’s Press Release

FlyOver America – a fully immersive flight experience opened at the Mall of America.  Using the most advanced flight-ride technology, the $20 million attraction provides guests with a breathtaking aerial tour of some of the nation’s most popular landmarks and spectacular sights.

A must-see attraction for locals and visitors alike, FlyOver America is a ride unlike anything Minnesota has ever seen, as riders are suspended in the air with feet dangling 10 to 40 feet above the ground and immersed in a giant half-spherical dome screen.  During the experience, guests feel like they are truly flying as they enjoy a birds-eye view of varied locations stretching from Alaska to Hawaii to Maine.  Special effects including wind, mist and scents add to the immersive nature of the experience.

FlyOver America, image courtesy Mall of America

“We’re looking forward to welcoming riders to our first FlyOver America location in the U.S. and we’re confident that our guests will walk away feeling energized and inspired,” said Andrew Strang, FlyOver America co-founder.  “It’s truly a unique opportunity to fully experience all the U.S. has to offer, from remote hidden treasures to well-known national landmarks.”

Designed by a worldwide team of filmmakers, technicians and creative consultants, FlyOver America was filmed using a state-of–the-art 6k resolution camera mounted on the front of a helicopter.  The FlyOver America creative team worked for over a year filming at locations all over the country, including notable Minnesota landmarks Lake Calhoun, Red Wing and the Mississippi River.

“We had the pleasure of visiting and filming so many amazing locations, one of the toughest things was editing the film and choosing what made the final cut,” said Stephen Geddes, FlyOver America co-founder.  “But I’m confident that whether you’ve traveled the nation or not, everyone is going to really enjoy FlyOver America.”

FlyOver America is located in the southwest corner of Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, home to more than 520 world-class shops and attractions.  Although there are no age restrictions to ride the attraction, all guests must by 40” or taller.  Admission is separate from Nickelodeon Universe attraction passes, with tickets for adults (ages 13 years and above) available for $16.95 and children (40” to 12 years) for $12.95.

Image courtesy Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe, image courtesy Mall of America


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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.