Iconic landmark recently underwent $100 million renovation
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The best view in Seattle is more than 500 feet up at the top of the Emerald City’s most iconic landmark, The Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Space Needle stands 605 feet tall welcoming well over a million guests from around the world each year. In 2017, the Space Needle underwent a $100 million renovation.
HI Now host Jobeth Devera traveled to Washington with Alaska Airlines for our Travel Tuesday series and is taking us high up to see what’s new. Dave Mandapat, who has worked for the Space Needle for nearly 23 years and serves as the director of public relations, was our tour guide.
The “spacelift” has completely transformed the top of this icon. Entire walls, barriers, and even floors have been replaced by clear structural glass to dramatically expand views. Whether you are leaning into the breathtaking views on its unique Skyriser glass benches or stepping out onto The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, Mandapat says anyone will be thrilled by this unforgettable experience.
Many movies and TV shows have been filmed up on The Space Needle including “Austin Powers 2.” You’ll also remember the landmark served as Dr. Evil’s hideout. It’s been featured in Top Chef, the Bachelor, NOVA with Neil deGrasse Tyson and will also be seen in the upcoming movie “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” with Cate Blanchett.
New Year’s Eve is also a special night at The Space Needle. For almost 30 years, the landmark has hosted a 10-minute musically-choreographed fireworks show that is seen by hundreds of thousands of people.