It’s always exciting when a new attraction opens. Will it live up to its billing? Will it become one of the world’s great attractions in years to come? Will it become a feature on countless bucket lists? Let’s take a tour of the new attractions of 2015 and see if any are bucket list-worthy.
The Centro Pompidou Malaga is one of two major new attractions in 2015 to open in Andalusia's capital city. Overlooking the port, a giant, colorful glass cube houses the only Pompidou Center created outside of France. Displaying around 80 paintings and photographs from world-renown artists like Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Max Ernst, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, René Magritte, Sophie Calle, Tony Oursler, Rineke Dijkstra, Chirico and Alberto Guacometti to name but a few, this latest art collection turns Malaga into Andalusia's hottest city for art lovers.
London's Tower Bridge is pretty spectacular within gimmicks, but now the ancient structure spanning the River Thames has been given a 21st century makeover with a new glass floor. Measuring 11 meters in length and 1.8 meters in width, the glass floor balances precariously 42 meters above the river, providing tourists and professional photographers with one of the best views of the Thames.
French-British rivalry is not the reason why the Eiffel Tower in Paris has received a glass floor! The 125-year-old landmark needed a much-anticipated update. Perched on the first level of the tower, ca. 57 meters above the city, the glass floor provides visitors with gorgeous panoramic views of the City of Light.
Egypt is still on most people's bucket list, despite political unrests in recent times. The Grand Egyptian Museum (also referred to as the Giza Museum due its close proximity to the famous pyramids) is scheduled to be among new attractions in 2015 that will make the hearts of the world's archaeologists beat faster for sure. It will be the largest archaeological museum on the planet and entirely devoted to Ancient Egypt. Even casual Egyptologists won't be able to resist the draw of the treasures on display.
From sublime antiquity to utter cuddliness of modern times: Zhejiang in China welcomed the first Hello Kitty theme park to open outside of Japan on New Year's Day this year. It's China's first large-scale amusement park, forecast to draw more than 1 million visitors to its doors. Even dog-lovers will want to try Hello Kitty-themed rides! A luxury resort and eco-zone are also part of the park.
New York's One World Observatory opened in spring this year. Sitting at an altitude of 1,250 feet the observation deck is part of the One World Trade Center, opening up amazing views over Manhattan's skyline. An unforgettable experience and poignant reminder that the spirit of New Yorkers simply won't be subdued by anything.
Shanghai Tower will be the second tallest building in the world and the tallest in China, when it opens in late summer 2015. At 2,073 feet / 632 meters tall, it will have plenty of room for a 5-star hotel, business offices and luxury retailers. Anyone fancy retail therapy at cloud-level?
New attractions in 2015 include the unveiling of The Simpsons' Springfield Land at Universal Studios in California's Universal City, who received much criticism for the removal of the Back to the Future ride. Springfield Land is supposed to look just like it does in the cartoon series - it remains to be seen if visitors will be able to distinguish Homer's favorite burger bar from Mr. Burn's mansion.
Which are you looking forward to visit? And which do you think has the most bucket list potential?