With its first location in the Northeast, WonderWorks is transforming the third level of Destiny USA’s new canyon area into an upside-down amusement park for the mind. The attraction crashes into Destiny USA this month and will be divided into several “zones” for guests to experience, including natural disasters, light and sound, physical challenge and space. WonderWorks offers hands-on exhibits for people of all ages. To learn more about this unique attraction, visit www.wonderworksdestiny.com. As the new sales manager for WonderWorks, DeRuyter native and current Eastwood resident Danielle Thousand answered a few questions for us.
Why did you choose this new job, and what are you most looking forward to in working for WonderWorks?
I jumped at the opportunity to work with WonderWorks, not only because it looked like a very exciting company to work for, but I also wanted to be on the forefront of this brand-new attraction in Central New York. How can there ever be a dull moment reporting to work in an upside-down building?
In your opinion, what are five reasons families should go to WonderWorks at Destiny USA?
1. World’s largest ropes course
Canyon Climb Adventure is the world’s largest indoor ropes challenge course. It is completely suspended from the ceiling in the canyon area at Destiny USA and features 81 elements suspended up to 70 feet in the air. Each element includes a different ropes configuration such as bridges, tightropes, loops and balance beams. Obstacles present challenges of strength, balance and agility.
2. Upside-down amusement park for the mind
The legend is that WonderWorks was once a top-secret research laboratory where scientists from around the world collaborated to find answers to the unexplainable. Something went horribly wrong during their experiment to harness a man-made tornado and the power was unleashed throughout the laboratory, carrying it thousands of miles from the Bermuda Triangle. When visitors enter WonderWorks, they will pass through an inversion tunnel that will turn their perspective upside down. Once inside the 40,000-square-foot attraction, guests will find all of the exciting interactive activities miraculously left intact after the tornado and available for everyone to enjoy.
3. Fun for all ages
With exhibits that will spark the imagination and challenge the mind, we encourage children, students and adults to “let your imagination run wild!”
4. More than 100 exhibits
Visitors will be able to enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits, including experiencing hurricane-force winds, landing a space shuttle, lying on a bed of 3,500 nails, piloting a fighter jet, designing and riding a virtual roller coaster, and competing in a game of lazer tag.
5. Great party place
With function space available on site, WonderWorks is the perfect place for birthday parties, upcoming team-building events, or school field trips.