Want to turn your vacation to the Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach, or Orlando upside down? Invert reality as your imagination runs wild at the WonderWorks amusement park location in any of those destinations. These mentally challenging and physically exhilarating indoor amusement parks are highly recognizable as you approach—they’re the only structures that actually look upside down. The architecture should tell you all you need to know about what to expect from the more than 100 interactive exhibits and experiences inside.
Every location features six Wonder Zones, plus a laser tag venue, multi-story indoor rope-climb obstacle course adventure and more. At Orlando and Pigeon Forge, for example, you can enjoy magic shows—the Orlando show actually is a comedy-magic dinner theater. In Orlando and Myrtle Beach, you’ll find different versions of extreme “4D” or “6D” simulation technology. And at Myrtle Beach, there’s an outdoor rope and zip line course. Every exhibit and activity is intended to entertain and to stimulate imaginations.
Natural Disasters: Relive the San Francisco earthquake that brought the 1989 World Series to a halt . Enter Earthquake Cafe, one of the interactive exhibits in this zone, and get a feel for what it’s like to experience a quake that measures 5.3 on the Richter Scale. In another exhibit, Hurricane Shack, you can experience the force of a Category 1 storm. And still another exhibit times how long you can hold your hand in 28° water—the temperature of the North Atlantic where Titanic sank in 1912.
Physical Challenge Zone: Here you can lay across a bed of nails and create a bubble large enough to enclose a human. You also can play Mindball, a game for two players powered by sophisticated brain wave technology. The players are positioned at opposite ends of a table and wear headbands from which electrodes measure brain activity. The object is to see if you can relax your mind better than your opponent can. The player better able to calmly control his or her thoughts actually inches the ball across the table to the other player’s end and wins the game. As they say, “The Ball Doesn’t Lie.”
Light & Sound Zone: Here you can discover what your shadow looks like, see how many notes you can remember in sequence, and play a floor piano by stepping on the giant keys like Tom Hanks in the memorable scene from the movie “Big.”
Space Discovery: In this zone, you can find out if you have The Right Stuff to land Space Shuttle Discovery, pilot an F18 fighter jet, and ride the “Wonder Coaster” extreme roller coaster simulator.
Imagination Lab: In this zone, explore the limits of your own creativity with activities including a wall-sized Lite Brite palette and gears you can design into your own mechanism.
Far Out Art Gallery: In addition to paintings and designs housing secret images that are yours to discover, this zone now features a forensic science display involving fingerprints and 3D facial reconstruction.
Orlando is among the top family vacation destinations in the United States. So are Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach. Perhaps conventional thinking is that the most enjoyable moments in those destinations will be outdoors. WonderWorks just might turn conventional thinking upside down.