Discovery Zone

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Discovery Zone
Traded as DZ
Industry Fast food and entertainment
Fate Bankruptcy
Successor Chuck E. Cheese's
Founded October 1989; 27 years ago (1989-10)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Founder Ronald Matsch
Jim Jorgensen
Dr. David Schoenstadt
Defunct 1999 (1999)
Headquarters Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Area served
Products Family entertainment centers

Discovery Zone (DZ) was a chain of entertainment facilities featuring games and elaborate indoor mazes designed for young children, including roller slides, climbing play structures and ball pits. It also featured arcade games. The chain was founded by Ronald Matsch, Jim Jorgensen and Dr. David Schoenstadt in 1989. The first location was opened in Kansas City, Missouri in October 1989. An early investor and vocal supporter of the company was tennis player Billie Jean King.[1]


Stretched thin by expansion, changes in management tried to save the company; however, Discovery Zone filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 26, 1996 in Wilmington, Delaware with debts of up to $366.8 million.[2]

On June 30, 1999, Elmsford, New York-based Discovery Zone Inc. abruptly closed half of their 'Fun Centers' and were unable to alert those with reserved parties.[3] 13 locations were sold to CEC Entertainment Inc, owner of Chuck E. Cheese's, who attempted to accommodate last minute party reschedulings over the following days.[3]


  1. ^ Anderson, Susan Heller (January 23, 1991). "Chronicle". New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Mills, Joshua (March 31, 1996). "Diary". New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Discovery Zones out". CNN. 

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