Hey, I really like the Mall of America. When we visit our Minnesota relatives we often head over there for a day and it’s really an intriguing place. In some ways it’s the capital of American retail consumerism, a dubious but interesting distinction. In a world fraught with violence, intolerance, war, disease, and hardship isn’t it nice to have four miles of enclosed, climate-controlled store fronts, amusement park, aquarium, and theme restaurants? No? C’mon, you call yourself an American?
Travel Channel notes:
The Mall of America is effectively an entire enclosed city. Designed by 40 architects and designers over a period of four years.
Giant Rectangle, allowing strolling without backtracing.
Each floor has over a MILE of storefront space.
4 malls in one with different themes:
West Market – RR station theme.
South Avenue – Southern grand hotel theme.
East Broadway – modern high tech design
Glass sphere spy cams document shopper’s every move.
120 security gaurds plus dogs to sniff out trouble.
250k visitors daily during peak times
Camp Snoopy makes 25 million per year.
20,000 parking spots in 3 square miles of parking. State, symbol, and color designations to help mall visitors find their car.
20 sit down restaurants plus 30 fast food.
14 screen movie theater.
Chapel for marriages is the “Chapel of Love”.
5 themed restaurants and Hooters is the most popular watering hole in the mall.
Underwater Adventures is a huge aquarium located in lower sections.