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Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 07:58
Old Town is renovating itself. Many new additions are currently in the works, and some of them are already ready to be experienced by guests. Indeed, yesterday we had the pleasure of being present during the media day for the new "Pepsi AMPVenture Experience," a family attraction that includes a four-story ropes course, a very high rock wall and a zip line (due to some minor delays, the zip line will be opened later this week).
Let's take a look at some information about this great, new addition, including a lot of pictures and videos:
Something “New” is in the Air at Old Town
New Pepsi AMPVenture Experience offers exciting, state-of-the-art adventure course
Kissimmee, Fla. (July 25, 2011) – Old Town
is introducing exciting changes to the Kissimmee adventure park that will bring visitors to new heights.
The new Pepsi AMPVenture Experience offers a 300 foot long zip line, four story ropes challenge course and 35’ rock climbing wall.
- The zip line, more than 45 feet above ground, takes adventurers zooming over rides, treetops and pedestrians, all within view of Highway 192/Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. The round-trip zip line experience offers 600 feet of flight.
- Pepsi AMPVenture Experience participants can test their strength, endurance and balance maneuvering the rope and obstacle course. Participants individualize their own experience as they choose the path to maneuver 20 challenging elements, reaching heights more than 40 feet above the ground.
- Those wanting a real sense of adventure and accomplishment can also tackle the new rock climbing wall which towers over the front midway section at Old Town.
Old Town visitors get huge savings by purchasing the Ultimate AMPVenture Experience wristband for $39.95 which includes one entry to the zip line, adventure course and rock climbing wall, plus unlimited rides all day on 14 of Old Town’s exciting rides, including the new Flying Dutchman.
|Gary Conroy, President of Old Town|
Other pricing plans are available to meet every visitor’s individual need for excitement and fun on Old Town’s wide variety of attractions. A la carte access to the zip line or adventure course is available for just $12 each.
Old Town is revving up the scene for car lovers with the July debut of the All American Muscle Car Cruise on Friday nights, featuring show-quality American made muscle cars from 1964 to current. Live classic rock music bands perform each Friday evening. The world-renown Saturday Night Classic Cruise also is getting a new look with more classic cars and, of course, live music from the 50’s & 60’s.
|AMPVenture is an exciting experience for the whole family|
After enjoying a meal at any of Old Town’s seven fine dining restaurants, visitors can browse the more than 80 specialty shops located throughout the adventure park.
"The enhancements are designed to lure families to Old Town,” said Gary Conroy, president of Old Town. “The adventure course is an awesome experience the entire family can enjoy together. There’s so much to do and see at Old Town whether spending the day or stopping by after visiting Central Florida’s premier theme parks.”
Old Town is located at 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (Hwy. 192) in Kissimmee. Operating hours are Sunday through Thursday, from Noon to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from Noon to Midnight. Visit www.MyOldTownUSA.com for additional information on the new attractions, shops, dining and pricing, or call 407-396-4888.
We had the opportunity of trying this new attraction, and yes, it was incredible. If you're afraid of heights, you may want to remain in the lower sections of the attractions, but don't worry, you can check out the place at your own pace. You can even re-do all the areas as many times as you want. Of course, there's a time limit to your experience, but there's plenty of time, so don't run on the ropes!
Now, take a look at some additional pictures of the "AMPVenture Experience", taken directly by the OTPN staff:
A new ticket booth has been installed right next to this new attraction:
The rock wall looks very impressive:
Also the rest of the structure looks very big (and it is!):
Working on the new zip-line:
A look at this impressive new structure, from above:
The place looks very intricate from the ground, right? It is actually very well done, and it is not confusing at all:
As you can see here, they have almost completed the second tower that will be part of the new zip line:
When we asked about an eventual expansion of the zip line, we were told that the zip line will be more than likely made longer, if it successful (and we really think it will be!):
Here you are the rates:
Ultimate AMPVenture Experience: Includes one entry to the zip line, adventure course and rock climbing wall, plus unlimited rides all day on 14 of Old Town‟s exciting rides, including the new Flying Dutchman. $39.95, plus tax (includes admission to bumper cars).
SUPERventure Band: Experience unlimited rides all day for 14 attractions - $24.95, plus tax (includes admission to bumper cars; excludes AMPVenture Experience, Laser Tag and Go Karts).
Kids Zone Band: For the little ones! Unlimited rides all day on two-ticket fun attractions - $14.95, plus tax.
A La Carte Attraction Pricing:
Single Tickets - $1.50, plus tax
30 Tickets - $40.00, plus tax
Pepsi AMPVenture zip line – 8 tickets
Pepsi AMPVenture adventure course – 8 tickets
Pepsi AMPVenture Rock Climbing Wall – 4 Tickets
Go Karts - $6
Laser Tag - $5
Number of tickets necessary:
On a related news, the supports of Old Town's iconic ferris wheel has been repainted red:
Here you are some videos, tow of which are very short interviews with some of the most important people that oversee the park:- COMMENT OF OLD TOWN'S PRESIDENT -
- COMMENT OF OLD TOWN'S SALES EXECUTIVE -
- OVERVIEW OF THE NEW AMPVENTURE EXPERIENCE -
To conclude, this new addition proves that Old Town is really changing its aim. While before it wasn't clear which was the target of the park, now we can notice that it is families that they want to attract. That's also their new vision. Indeed, that's what they shared with the media:
_________________________________________________________________________Old Town’s New Vision -
Old Town is managed by Brothers Entertainment Management Group (http://www.BEMG.biz
) which has overseen operations of the amusement park for over a decade and in 2010 acquired all amusement assets and exclusivity of all amusement on property. The group has signed a definitive purchase agreement and looks forward to assuming ownership of Old Town in the fall of this year.
The recent enhancements are part of BEMG's dream of owning and operating its own amusement park and desire to offer a family-friendly entertainment option to residents and visitors in Central Florida.
We really hope the new management will do a great job, and, for now, we can really say that they are!