SITE: Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
ADDRESS: Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York, NY 10021
WEB SITE: www.victoriangardensnyc.com
VISUALS & VIBE: This traditional amusement park, located in the heart of New York's Central Park, features family-friendly entertainment, concessions and classic rides set against the Big Apple's skyline.
EVENT AREAS: The 50,000-square-foot park, which is open from mid-May through mid-September, has a total guest capacity of 2,500 for buyouts. For smaller groups, the Outdoor Picnic Area has seating for up to 200 guests, the VIP Tent seats 70, and the Indoor Concession Area can accommodate 80.
FUN FACTOR: The park's classic rides, such as teacups, swings and a mini roller coaster, seat both adults and children and are a hit with grown-up guests who are nostalgic for timeless carnival amusements.
“Being located in the heart of Manhattan has its advantages. Most of our clients are locally based and typically have to travel an hour or more to find a venue that accommodates 2,500 guests in an outdoor setting. The convenience of being able to reach us by subway, taxi or on foot is a key factor for our clients in choosing our venue.”
— Dana Santulli, director of sales & marketing
ADDRESS: 9067 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
WEB SITE: www.wonderworksonline.com
VISUALS & VIBE: WonderWorks is an interactive amusement park with an eye-catching exterior that gives it the appearance of a building that has landed upside down on top of a brick warehouse. Inside, a range of high-tech exhibits allows guests to try interactive attractions including a ride that simulates a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, a laser-tag facility and a variety of virtual sports.
EVENT AREAS: The entire 35,000-square-foot attraction can be rented for groups of up to 1,200 guests. The 10,000-square-foot third level, which features the state-of-the-art laser tag facility and video arcade, can be rented for private events of up to 125 guests.
FUN FACTOR: The venue's theater features the “Outta Control Magic Show,” an audience participation comedy and magic show available for exclusive performances for up to 125 guests; the space can also be used for meetings, with seating for 75 classroom-style and 125 banquet-style.
“Clients are looking for venues that already have entertainment provided within the facility. The inside of WonderWorks is entirely interactive, creating a fun and social environment for guests.”
— Jackie Vasquez, director of sales & marketing
SITE: The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
ADDRESS: Route 9, P.O. Box 511, Lake George, NY 12845
WEB SITE: www.sixflags.com/parks/greatescape
VISUALS & VIBE: Located at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, the Six Flags theme and water park covers 140 acres and is open mid-May through the end of October. More than 135 rides, shows and attractions are offered at the site, including roller coasters, water slides and the brand-new children's Looney Tunes National Park.
EVENT AREAS: The North Woods Picnic Grove, an outdoor event space with panoramic mountain views, features four 150-foot-by-50-foot pavilions that are available for private rentals. The pavilions are available individually, or the entire space can accommodate groups of up to 4,000 guests for corporate events, team-building sessions and birthday parties.
FUN FACTOR: In addition to rides, the park offers special attractions and events such as Oktoberfest, the Halloween-themed Fright Fest and a new stage show featuring Looney Tunes cartoon characters.
“We're seeing more groups theming their events. For example, clients like to bring their groups to our Oktoberfest event and theme their meal to include food and decorations from Germany.”
— Jennifer Mance, director of marketing