WonderWorks & Merriam-Webster Team Up for Stimulating New Exhibit

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“This has been an amazing collaboration and an educational experience for us,” said Nicole Montgomery, Director of Operations at WonderWorks Destiny. “This exhibit will change the way you perceive the dictionary; it’s mind-blowing.”

WonderWorks has partnered with Merriam-Webster, the dictionary publisher helping millions of people understand and use language better, to create “Word Up,” an interactive exhibit that will give guests a playful, behind-the-scenes look at how a word gets into the dictionary. Guests will discover new words that have recently been added to the lexicon, see Merriam-Webster editors on video, and play a word scramble game.

“This has been an amazing collaboration and an educational experience for us,” said Nicole Montgomery, Director of Operations at WonderWorks Destiny. “This exhibit will change the way you perceive the dictionary; it’s mind-blowing.”

With words being added regularly to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, this exhibit will continue to grow and give guests new experiences.

“Part of our mission is to propagate our love of the English language,” says Lisa Schneider, Chief Digital Officer & Publisher at Merriam-Webster. “We are so pleased to partner with WonderWorks on this exhibit that gives children an opportunity to learn new vocabulary and experience firsthand how interesting and entertaining the English language can be.”

This stimulating new exhibit opened to the general public Friday, December 14th, with a media preview on Thursday, December 13th. WonderWorks is also hosting “The Holiday Experiment”, a series of day camps on select Saturdays during the month of December to give parents time to shop at Destiny mall while their kids experience the upside-down adventure.

“Word Up” is just the latest in a rollout of new STEAM-inspired attractions to debut at WonderWorks. Other notable new exhibits include:

  • Interactive Sandbox: Explorers will experience land, sea, and safari in this futuristic exhibit. Guests hold the power to manipulate sand to produce unique environments reflected electronically over top of their sandy creations. Using light projections, each hand motion and sand movement will produce unique environments for guests to explore.
  • Fiddles the Frog: This exhibit, friendly for small children, explains the anatomy of a frog’s vision and allows guests to see life through the eyes of these magnificent reptiles.
  • 2D & 4D Theatre: Two brand-new experiences have been added to the WonderWorks theatre. The first is a thrilling dinosaur adventure which take guests on a ride through the Jurassic period, and the second experience is a comedic journey through the Wild West.

Also new in 2018, WonderWorks has revamped their annual pass program, making an annual pass for a VIP combo just $42 which includes unlimited VIP access, and a variety of passholder events throughout the year.

To find out more about WonderWorks and to purchase tickets online, head over to http://www.wonderworksonline.com/destiny/.

WonderWorks, the upside-down adventure, is a science-focused, indoor amusement park for the mind that holds something unique and interesting for visitors of all ages. There are four floors of non-stop “edu-tainment,” with over 100 hands-on and interactive exhibits that serve a STEM educational purpose to challenge the mind and spark the imagination. WonderWorks has locations in Orlando, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, and Syracuse.

For more information, visit WonderWorksonline.com, and follow @WonderWorksDUSA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

About Merriam-Webster Inc.
For 180 years, in print and digital media, Merriam-Webster has been America’s leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Each month, our websites and apps offer guidance to tens of millions of visitors. In print, our publications include Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and newly published dictionaries for English-language learners. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.

For more information, visit Merriam-Webster.com, an official Webby Award Winner for 2017 & 2018, and follow @MerriamWebster on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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