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New, Thrilling Flight Simulator Ride to Open in NYC this Month

New, Thrilling Flight Simulator Ride to Open in NYC this Month

Museum exhibit galleries and a soaring flight simulation ride above Manhattan are part of the fun at RiseNY, a new NYC attraction

Get ready for an experience that's part ride, part museum. See museum galleries, experience the ultimate feeling of flight, and soar virtually above New York City with RiseNY, a new city-focused attraction opening in Manhattan on Dec. 15. 

The centerpiece of RiseNY is a 46-seat soaring theme park-style ride that gives visitors of all ages a bird's-eye view of the Big Apple. Once on board and lifted 30 feet into the air, guests will hang suspended as they virtually glide over NYC's iconic skyline and landmarks while inside a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome featuring 8K aerial footage that creates the sensation of flight. This will be the city's first-ever flight simulation ride and is described as a “state-of-the-art flying theater,” according to RiseNY. Effects include wind, mist, and scents to enhance the experience. 

The attraction was created and produced by Running Subway, a New York-based entertainment production company, along with several local cultural institutions and individuals such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of American Finance, the Museum of Broadcast Communications & Radio Hall of Fame, and more. 

“I was inspired after riding ‘Soarin’ Over California’ in Disneyland with my son, and always thought, wouldn’t it be amazing to fly over and around NYC?” said James Sanna, president and CEO of Running Subway. “And, now, over a decade later, we’ve been able to tap into the latest technology and advancements to create an experience unique to the city I love.”

RiseNY will donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to partner institutions. 


What You’ll Experience at the RiseNY Attraction 

The RiseNY experience begins with a film by documentarians Ric Burns and James Sanders, narrated by actor Jeff Goldblum. The film showcases NYC's history with a focus on Times Square and its global impact. Visitors start their journey in a re-creation of the city's first subway station at City Hall in 1904 as they are in a fully immersive theater with visual and special effects. When the film ends, a present-day subway car virtually transports guests to museum galleries. 

Each gallery features historic artifacts, celebrity memorabilia, and educational displays. Highlights include Madonna’s custom Keith Haring jacket, Bruce Springsteen’s original guitar that he used to write “Born To Run,” and a statue of Alexander Hamilton commissioned by his son. Also featured are original costumes and props from iconic TV shows in history, Beyonce’s Bill Blass designed gown, and much more.

The experience wraps up with the flight simulation ride. 

What You Need to Know About Visiting RiseNY

Where is RiseNY located?

RiseNY is located at 160 W. 45 St., Midtown, Manhattan.

When is RiseNY open?

RiseNY will be open Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm. The last tickets are sold 60 minutes prior to closing.

How much are tickets to RiseNY?

Tickets for RiseNY are $28; $26 seniors ages 65 and older, students, and military with ID; and $24 children ages 3-12. There’s also a VIP option, which includes skipping the line, flexible ticket time, and a surprise merchandise item, for $42; $36 children ages 3-12.

Are there any restrictions for RiseNY?

Guests must be 40 inches tall and taller to participate in the experience. It’s not recommended for individuals with sensory sensitivities and individuals who are pregnant. However, individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices are welcome to participate.

What are the RiseNY attraction's COVID guidelines?

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for guests ages 12 and older. Children younger than 12 must wear a mask.

For more information, visit or follow the attraction on Instagram or Facebook

Rendering Courtesy of RiseNY

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Author: Barbara Russo is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the City University of New York. She enjoys playing guitar, following current events, and hanging out with her pet rabbits. See More

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