Tuesday, April 12, 2011

#13 Go to the Mall of America 11/20/06

#13 Go to the Mall of America 11/20/2006
The most amazing mall in America! 

My family and I at the Mall of America in front of the Rainforest Cafe.

This is the mall of all malls. It was seriously incredible. It was also overwhelming because there is so much to see and do! Not only are there hundreds of stores, there is also an amusement park, a high school, a wedding chapel, and more. The best part is there is no sales tax! I loved it. 
Here are some facts about the MOA. 
  • .57 miles is the walking distance around one level of Mall of America
  • 8 acres of skylights allow about 70% of the natural light to enter the Mall
  • 4 out of 10 visitors to Mall of America are tourists
  • 4.3 miles of total store front footage
  • 7 Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the Mall
  • 25 rides and attractions in Nickelodeon Universe
  • 32 Boeing 747s could fit inside the Mall
  • 65 semi trucks were needed to transport trees to the theme park to create the outdoor feel of an indoor park
  • 70 degrees inside Mall of America whether its spring, summer, winter or fall
  • 86 hours is the length of time it would take to complete your visit to the Mall if you were to spend just 10 minutes in each store
  • 100+ pounds of food are fed daily to animals at Underwater Adventures Aquarium - plus 90 extra pounds on the days the sharks are fed
  • 258 Statues of Liberty could lie inside the Mall
  • 400+ events are held at Mall of America each year
  • 520+ stores are located in Mall of America
  • 5,000+ weddings have been performed at Mall of America
  • 11,000 year-round employees at Mall of America (13,000 during peak periods)
  • 12,550 on-site parking spaces at Mall of America in two ramps
  • 30,000+ live plants and 400 live trees climbing as high as 35 feet tall in Nickelodeon Universe®
  • 32,000+ tons of trash recycled each year
  • 170,000+ Legos have been lost in the LEGO play area
  • 1.2 million-gallon aquarium at Underwater Adventures Aquarium
  • 4.2 million square feet of gross building area
  • 40 million visitors annually which is more than the combined populations of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa...and Canada
  • 130+ million number of rides in the park since opening
  • $650+ million cost to build
  • Nearly $2 billion Mall of America generates in economic activity annual for the state of Minnesota

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