WonderWorks™ Management Announces Details Of Opening Of First WonderWorks Attraction In The Carolinas

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Amusement Park For The Mind At Myrtle Beach's Broadway At The Beach Will Feature More Than 100 Interactive Exhibits And Is Scheduled For Completion In March 2011

WonderWorks™ Management announced details today about the WonderWorks attraction coming to Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It is expected to be completed and ready for opening in March 2011. It will be the first attraction of its kind in the Carolinas.

WonderWorks will have 50,000 square feet of space and feature more than 100 interactive exhibits that use some of the most sophisticated graphic and audio presentation techniques available. The exhibits are designed to appeal to all ages.

It will be located on the southwestern side of Broadway at the Beach, adjacent to Soar & Explore's zip line and ropes course. Broadway at the Beach is South Carolina's largest festival entertainment complex and annually attracts more than 14 million visitors.

WonderWorks construction is currently 40 percent complete. Once completed, it will appear as a four-story classically-designed building that appears to have landed upside down.

Exhibits are both mentally and physically stimulating. They include the hurricane shack, where guests will feel the effects of winds reaching 74 miles per hour; a bed of nails, where visitors will feel the sensation of 3,500 sharp nails; the WonderWall, where people can create a 3-D impression of their bodies by pressing onto a wall made of 40,000 plastic pins; the XD Theater 4-D Extreme Motion Ride, which uses special effects and full-motion seats to take guests along an amazing adventure that transcends time, space and imagination; and Shuttle Landers, where visitors can experience the first-hand challenge and skill needed to land the Discovery Space Shuttle.

“WonderWorks Management is very excited about opening our signature attraction in Myrtle Beach,” said Jackie Vasquez, director of sales & marketing for WonderWorks. “Our other attractions have intrigued and amused visitors for more than 12 years. The new WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach will be an excellent addition. Broadway at the Beach is the perfect location for our fourth WonderWorks.”

Earlier this year, WonderWorks Management opened Soar & Explore, a family-friendly attraction that features two outdoor adventures. The attraction, also at Broadway at the Beach, includes the Ropes Challenge Course and the Zipline Adventure.

The Zipline Adventure is the first and only zip line in the Myrtle Beach area, and the only zip line over water along the East Coast. Zip lines are the hottest new adventure activity in the U.S., and this spectacular ride takes the zip line thrill up a notch by reaching across scenic Lake Broadway. Safely within a harness, each adrenaline seeker can experience the exhilaration of soaring at a height of 50 feet above 23 acres of water.

The ropes course has a pirate theme and extends 40 feet into the air, stretching over three levels, and extending over Lake Broadway. Constructed of more than 3,000 ropes and cables, it features 33 different challenge elements that require balance, dexterity and focus to conquer. Obstacles like swinging steps, tremor bridge, tightrope walk, and vertical angle stairs are among the challenges.

Soar & Explore is currently opened from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., but hours will vary by season.

The WonderWorks attraction will be the fourth opened in the country. There are also locations in Orlando, Fla., Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Panama City Beach, Fla.

To learn more about WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach and the WonderWorks Management properties, visit http://www.wonderworksonline.com.

More information about Soar & Explore is available at http://www.soarandexplore.com or by calling 843-448-SOAR (7627).

About WonderWorks

WonderWorks is scheduled to open in spring 2011 and will be located on the southwestern side of Broadway at the Beach, adjacent to Soar & Explore's zip line and ropes course. It will be 50,000 square feet in size and 97 feet in height. WonderWorks will have a dramatic exterior and be classically-designed with the appearance of landing upside-down.

The WonderWorks attraction is an “amusement park for the mind,” combining education and entertainment in more than 100 hands-on exhibits that will spark the imagination and stimulate the mind. Visitors to the attraction will enjoy a variety of experiences including being blown away by 74 mile per hour hurricane-force winds, maneuvering the controls of a NASA spacecraft to land the shuttle, lying on a bed of 3,500 nails, piloting a fighter jet, designing and riding a 360-degree virtual roller coaster and competing in a game of lazer tag.

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