Feb 02 2012
We’ve explored many of the sites and attractions at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the past. Recently we decided to explore something we hadn’t seen yet: the Amazing Mirror Maze.
Amazing Mirror Maze is located on the third level of MOA between the north food court and Sears. After paying admission of $7.95 + tax, less if you use a coupon, you’ll be given foodservice gloves to wear and safety/behavior instructions (no running, keep your hands out in front of you) before being allowed into the maze.
Once inside, there are mirrors all around, and it’s nearly impossible to tell where the pathways are and where mirrors are ahead of you. The instruction to use your hands (gloved so there will be no fingerprints) is essential in finding your way through the maze.
Our kids had mixed reactions. My 9-year-old adventurer thought it was boring, and he finished and exited the maze in just a few minutes. My 6-year-old was somewhere between my husband and me and apparently forgot to use her hands, resulting in some loud cries and bent-up glasses as she led with her face in finding her way. My 11- and 8-year-olds, however, loved the maze, and took advantage of the attendant’s promise that they could stay in and reverse their path if they wanted to. They ended up going from start to finish, finish to start, and start to finish again before coming out.
At the Amazing Mirror Maze, you’re paying for the unique experience, not the length of time you spend there. Even those members of our family who did the maze a few times were inside for less than 20 minutes, so I wouldn’t call it a bargain. Still, it’s not something you can do in most places, so if you’ve got a little extra to spend on something different, you can ooh and ahh at the lights and angles and the seemingly endless representations of yourself, and maybe even wonder how they keep all of those mirrors clean enough that you can’t tell where there’s a mirror and where there’s open space.
The Amazing Mirror Maze isn’t the first thing I’d do with kids at Mall of America, and we probably won’t return for a repeat visit, but as a one-time family experience, it was all right.
Have you been to a mirror maze? What did you think?