The L.A. SkySlide is Open!
There are only a few places in the world where tall skyscrapers also have rides. One such building is in Cebu City in the Philippines. At the top of the Crown Regency there, one can literally ride the Skyride edge rollercoaster. It is terrifying because you are at the top of the tallest building aboard a two seat coaster that rides the rim of the building. That is bad enough, but the rider can control when the seat tips to a 45 degree angle and the only thing holding you from falling is a seat belt! Freaky jolt! Even the short ride it is, it is worth the expense. One can also zipline to zoom to another nearby buildings, or the skywalk, where you are walking outside of the building. Suffice to say, it is one Cebu’s top attractions for thrill seekers.
While L.A. promotes the beaches and theme parks that the world seems to want to see, it now has taken a cue from Cebu- the SkySlide!
Affixed to the outside of the U.S. Tower Bank building, some 70 floors up is the Skyslide that goes from the 70th to 69th floor outside of the building. While it’s only 45 ft. long, made of 1.25 inch thick glass, it is a freaky ride because of the illusion nothing is supporting you (its all glass). Basically, you are 1,000 ft. above the ground.
The slide is strong enough to hole two Blue whales and resist any hurricane (but not a earthquake!). Construction began a few months ago when the slide was airlifted up and then a complex pulley system moved the slide into position. To test it, a load of sandbags were slid down, well over 400 lbs. Once the person has slid down, they find themselves with the best panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles.
The cost is $27-33.00, which gives you the SkySlide and observation decks within 30-minutes of arrival. Yes, it is a bit costly, but it may be worth it once. I suppose you could always fly to Cebu City from L.A. for similar thrills and much more!
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