Victorian Gardens

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Coordinates: 40°46′4″N 73°58′28″W / 40.76778°N 73.97444°W / 40.76778; -73.97444

Victorian Gardens in 2008, with the skyscrapers of Central Park South (59th Street) and Fifth Avenue in the background

Victorian Gardens is a seasonal traditional-style amusement park, which is located in the Wollman Rink of Central Park in Manhattan, New York City.

Description

The 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) facility, which opened in the spring of 2003, can accommodate up to 3,000 guests and features about a dozen rides which are geared primarily to ages 2–12. The rides include the "Family Swinger", "Samba Ballon", "Aeromax", "Convoy", "Rockin' Tug", "Kite Flyer", "Fun Slide", "HydroRacer" and "Mini Mouse Coaster" among others. In addition to the rides, the park offers activities including face painting, balloon sculpting, interactive games and live entertainment, including clowns and magic shows, on weekends and holidays.[1]

Entertainment

Every weekend various entertainers are known to perform live and interactive shows in which park guests of all ages can engage.[2]

Entertainment shows include:

  • Jen's Spectacular Juggling Show
  • The Sammie and Tudie Show
  • King Henry's Magic Show
  • Chris Capehart: The Ring Master
  • Will Shaw and his FUN and FUNNY Juggling Show
  • R.J Lewis The Spectacular
  • Cowboy Chris and his Wild West Tricks
  • Jeff Moshe
  • Vicky & Victor
  • Michael Dubois' Solo Circus[2]

History

The idea to put an amusement park in the Wollman ice skating rink came from a small group of industry veterans who saw an opportunity to use the 50,000 square foot facility all year long. After negotiations with the Central Park Conservancy, the New York City Parks Department and the Trump Organization, these private investors established Central Amusement International (CAI), which turned to Zamperla, an Italian amusement ride manufacturer, to make their vision a reality. Victorian Gardens first opened its gates to the general public in 2003.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Victorian Gardens. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Entertainment". Victorian Gardens. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 

External links

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