I waited nearly 2 hours to visit the new skydeck atop One World Trade -- and it was worth every minute

Main slideshowBrittany Fowler/Business InsiderA New York City view like you’ve never seen.

Thousands of New York City locals and tourists flooded One World Trade Center last Friday for the public opening of One World Observatory.

The line to soak in the panoramic views was like waiting to ride Space Mountain at Disney World.

But once you reach the top and remember what used to stand tall in the observatory’s place, you forget about the hour or two it took to get there.

I arrived at the nation's tallest building -- clocking in at 1,776 feet tall -- about 40 minutes before the assigned time on my ticket.

After waiting outside for over 30 minutes, with people of all ages and nationalities, I went inside and stood in more lines.

Post-security check, I shuffled through media-walled rooms and learned about the construction of One World Trade. Then I entered a cave-like room made of Manhattan schist, the granite that serves as the building's foundation. Fun fact: The granite is 450 million years old.

About an hour-and-a-half later, I finally reached the 'skypods,' elevators with animated interiors that show NYC's construction throughout history. It takes 60 seconds to reach the top, and it feels like you're flying through the sky.

Finally, the view at 1,250 feet makes waiting in line for 90 minutes worth it.

The observatory takes up three floors. Floor 100 is the main observation area and gift shop, floor 101 has a restaurant, and floor 102 is an event space.

There's a sky portal that lets you see what's happening on the streets below.

But it's the skyline that really captivates.

If you look down, you'll see an aerial view of the 9/11 memorial.

And then there's the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

Look over to the Hudson River and you'll see Lady Liberty and Ellis Island.

Standing where tragedy struck over 13 years ago and looking out over New York City while the Empire State Building stared back was a powerful experience.

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