Skyslide officially opened Saturday atop the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, giving visitors a thrilling ride down a glass chute on the outside of the building from the 70th to 69th floor.
described the ride as "Terrifying. Thrilling. Not for the faint of heart."
The 45-foot-long slide placed atop the tallest building west of Chicago leaves only 1.25 inches of glass between riders and the 1,000-foot drop to the street below.
Attendants help riders onto mats for their journey from inside the 70th floor to the open air of the 69th floor.
During construction, the slide was lifted into position by a helicopter and a system of pulleys. The glass was made to withstand hurricane-force winds and the slide is strong enough to hold "two blue whales from the slide, and it won't budge," OUE Americas senior vice president John Gamboa told CNN.
Reporter Amanda Lee Myers, who has conquered roller coasters, rock climbing, and jumping out of an airplane said, "Heights have never fazed me. Until the Skyslide."
She called the experience "one of the scariest things I've ever done."
The slide is part of a $50 million renovation of the building, including OUE Skyspace Los Angeles
, which calls itself the "tallest open-air observation deck in California, offering visitors a unique 360-degree view of the city."
Twitter users reacted with fear and interest.
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