The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America
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The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America

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The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America is the first of its kind. Never before has a guidebook been written about the Mall of America. The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America enhances visitors' experiences by assisting them through the entire process, from finding the right hotel and making the decision whether or not to rent a car or use the hotel shuttle. The various attractions are laid out and analyzed so that Mall of America-goers can decide what activities will enhance their experiences and which are simply tourist traps. In addition to ranking and describing the stores and restaurants, The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America, by Beth Blair, offers insight and tips that will not only make the visit fun for those looking for a general Mall of America experience but will also highlight things for people with special interests.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 131 x 204 x 12.7mm | 199g
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • English
  • Two-color art throughout, maps throughout, charts throughout, tables throughout
  • 1628090340
  • 9781628090345
  • 2,640,378

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Excerpts The opening of Mall of America's Phase II in autumn 2015 crowned MOA as the largest mall in the United States. Mall of America (MOA) boasts some pretty impressive fun-facts. Over 7,000 weddings have been performed in the mall, there is a 1.2 million-gallon aquarium at the SEALIFE Minnesota Aquarium, and over 170,000 Legos have been lost in the LEGO play area. Bring your walking shoes because one lap around the mall equates to .57 miles. While these fun-facts are interesting they hardly offer the full scope of how large this shopping mall really is. However, the following visuals might help: Seven Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the Mall of America as can 32 Boeing 747s, while 258 Statue of Liberties could lie down inside the mall. If Mount Rushmore was divided into individual monuments, a president could take over each of MOA's four courts. Mall of America has reported that if a guest spends 10 minutes in each store the total time spent would be 86 hours. Finally, imagine 27 theme park rides in the center of the mall. Forget the average mall quarter rides. These are full-sized. Here's the interesting thing, those fun fact only describe the original Mall of America space and don't include the new 163,000 square-foot retail space, 180,000-square-foot office space, or the brand new JW Marriott. Yes, there is plenty of space for MOA's 40 million+ guests to enjoy. At first glance the colossal Mall of America appears, well, intimidating. The most confusing aspect is the original four sided structure framing Nickelodeon Universe in the center of the mall. Besides the many sides and multi-levels, another reason shoppers get disoriented is because some brands have numerous store locations, turning even the most directional savvy people into spinning, confused shoppers. With this is in mind, let's start with parking. Mall of America's East and West Parking ramps bookmark the appropriate sides of the main mall. If you drive and park in either of these extremely similar structures it's imperative that you remember whether you parked in East or West, what level, and what section you parked in (read more parking tips in Part 4 Arriving and Getting Oriented). Once you make it inside the mall it's best to know where the three anchors are located to help you get your bearings. The east side is where visitors will find SEALIFE and the large Rotunda where events are held. When entering or exiting Nickelodeon Universe look for the Bronze SpongeBob statue. Sears sits on the northeast corner while Nordstrom occupies the northwest corner of MOA. These two department stores sandwich the new construction on the north side, referred to as Phase II, the same side as the new JW Marriott and luxury retail shops are found. The north side is also the location of the Nickelodeon Universe's Ferris wheel that goes by the name of El Circulo del Cielo bearing Dora the Explorer and her buddy Boots faces. On the south side of Mall of America Macy's fills the southwest section while LL Bean, Forever 21, and temporary exhibit space took over what was the former Bloomingdales space on the southeast side. In between these two courts is the Radisson Blu hotel. When entering or exiting Nickelodeon Universe the south side the main landmark is the LEGO Imagination Center. You can't miss the looming LEGO robot overhead. To sum up the west side, the western edge is dotted, again, by Nordstrom to the north and Macy's to the south. Nothing remarkable is near the entrance from West Parking but the PEEPS store is located at the entrance to Nickelodeon Universe. Before attempting the mall, pick up a Mall of America map at any of the Guest Services found at each mall entrance.
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"If you're looking for a reliable guidebook, the leader is the Unofficial series." --The Mail (London) "A Tourist's Best Friend!" --Chicago Sun-Times "Indispensable" --The New York Times
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About Beth Blair

Beth Blair knows Mall of America inside and out. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, co-owner of the award-winning TheVacationGals.com and lives in Lakeville, MN.
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