By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY and with Leigh's thought in red
Here's a dining concept that'll make your head — if not your stomach — spin: (Certainly MY stomach! Do you think you get a barf bag with supper?) It's dinner at a table suspended 165 feet in the air (why?) with chairs that swivel 180 degrees. Dubbed Dinner in the Sky, the attraction is making its U.S. debut Monday in Orlando at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions convention. About 25,000 attendees are expected at the one-stop-shopping event, where the amusement industry rolls out new thrill rides and related products.
The high-flying dining venue was introduced in Europe last year and consists of a platform suspended from a crane. Guests are harnessed into 22 seats, with space in the center for a chef and two helpers. With local officials' blessings, (you'd need them . Blessings and prayer to get me up there.) the platform can be transported to just about anywhere the crane can maneuver. One recent spot: in front of the Amiens Cathedral in France, with dinner prepared by a three-star Michelin chef. 'It was like eating with the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ,' quips David Ghysels, co-founder of the Belgium-based company. (I guess so. I mean you'd be right up there by them, and with one false move-actually with them.)
Ghysels sees all sorts of U.S. possibilities for the dangling restaurant, including air space over the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and golf courses. 'I think human beings always like to see what's happening from the air,' he says. 'And there are so many wonderful natural spots in the U.S. Dinner in the Sky could go anywhere.' (Except a bathroom. What then, huh?I think the guy in the middle is in that prediciment! "Hold it in, Hold it in". Inevitably my children have to go within 5 minutes of entering a restaurant. This-even if we have them go before they get there. I don't care if they peed in the parking lot, there is a novelty for them to visit every bathroom (filthy or not) in north America. For some people it's exotic locations, travel destinations, wonders of the world-but for mine bathrooms.)The restaurant (dinnerinthesky.com) belongs firmly in the special-occasion category, however. The cost for eight hours is about $11,444 not including catering.~( mere pocket change and Why not? "Because you're worth it". Hmmm...)