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WTC Observation Deck To Offer Views 100 Floors Above Manhattan

LOWER MANHATTAN — It’ll take two more years to finish, but views from the 1 World Trade Center observation deck will be worth the wait.

Developers offered a glimpse of the deck being built 1,250 feet in the sky Tuesday morning, and detailed the “state-of-the-art guest experience” that will shuttle visitors to what will be the highest spot in the city for breathtaking, panoramic views.

“There is no view that can match what this deck will offer,” said Port Authority co-chairman David Samson, during a press conference on the 100th floor of 1 WTC, which will become the first level of the three-story deck.

"Our outlook on the world is back.”

Visitors to the site will not only see spectacular views. Guests will have an interactive experience that includes a theater and several chances to learn about the city and the history of the World Trade Center.

Officials said the whole visit would take at least an hour, though a high-speed elevator, which will give guests the virtual experience of traveling outside the building, will shoot up 100 floors in about 60 seconds.

The three-floor deck will include ceiling-to-floor windows, as well as several dining options on one level, and spots to purchase souvenirs.

Officials were still deciding on a ticket-price for the experience, but said discounts would be available for schools.

The project is slated to be completed in 2015.