The park was set to open on May 1

By Alyssa Kelly
March 19, 2020 12:00 PM
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America’s Next Top Theme Park is pushing back its grand opening.

Tyra Banks‘ fashion and beauty theme park, ModelLand, has delayed its opening amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Santa Monica theme park was set to open on May 1, however, the official Twitter for the park announced it is being postpone and following the advice from a number of authorities on the matter.

“In light of the recommendations of federal, state, and local government officials, and of experts from the WHO and other organizations, we have decided to postpone the opening of ModelLand,” the statement said. “We‘ll continue to monitor the situation & determine a new date to open that’s appropriate and safe.”

It continued: “ModelLand has been in the making for more than 10 years and we remain excited to bring our wondrous world to you and will wait to welcome you to our attraction when the time is right.”

Banks herself echoed the statement, writing in her own tweet, “Please take care of yourselves. Find ways to connect with your loved ones digitally & utilize this time to organize & prepare for the unexpected.”

ModelLand is a “modeling fantasy” experience set in a 21,000-square foot section of Santa Monica Place. Tickets for the attraction start as low as $39 for children and $59 for adults, and run up to $1,495 for the “Fantascene Dream” package.

Tyra Banks Modelland
Credit: Courtesy ModelLand

General admission includes a personalized digital lookbook, access to shop the “experiential closets,” posing tips and tricks, editorial photoshoots directed by the former America’s Next Top Model host and TV personality herself and more.

The $549 “Fantascene Photoshoot” ticket, promises an “extravagant photo journey,” complete with hair, makeup and wardrobe styling, as well as tasty treats, drinks and access to limited-edition products.

Then there’s the ultimate VIP treatment called the “Fantascene Dream” experience— for nearly $1,500, these ticket holders will receive hair and beauty consultations prior to arrival, a designer wardrobe, multiple outfit changes, luxury gift bag goodies and more.

According to the website, ModelLand is, “The first-of-its-kind, story-driven attraction features fashion AND beauty, photoshoots AND runways, shopping AND theatre…AND most importantly, YOU.”

Tyra Banks Modelland
Credit: Courtesy ModelLand
Tyra Banks Modelland
Credit: Courtesy ModelLand

As a result of the current pandemic, many businesses across the country have been forced to reduce their hours or, in some cases, completely shut down. Both Disneyland and Disneyworld have officially closed and retailers including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Ulta and many more have also shut their doors.

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