The 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) facility, which started operating in spring 2003, can accommodate up to 3,000 guests and features about a dozen rides which are geared primarily to ages 2–12. The rides include the "Family Swinger", "Samba Balloon", "Aeromax", "Convoy", "Rockin' Tug", "Kite Flyer", "Fun Slide", "HydroRacer" and "Mini Mouse Coaster" among others. In addition to the rides, the park offers activities including face painting, balloon sculpting, interactive games and live entertainment, including clowns and magic shows, on weekends and holidays.
Every weekend various entertainers are known to perform live and interactive shows in which park guests of all ages can engage.
The idea to put an amusement park in the Wollman Rink came from a small group of industry veterans who saw an opportunity to use the 50,000 square foot facility all year long. After negotiations with the Central Park Conservancy, the New York City Parks Department and the Trump Organization, these private investors established Central Amusement International (CAI), which turned to Zamperla, an Italian amusement ride manufacturer, to make their vision a reality. Victorian Gardens first opened its gates to the general public in 2003.
Due to operating restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, Victorian Gardens did not open for the 2020 season. In August 2020, Victorian Gardens announced that there was a possibility it might permanently close.
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- "Entertainment". Victorian Gardens. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Victorian Gardens in Central Park will not reopen this year - and may close down for good". amNewYork. August 18, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
- Valente, Danielle (August 19, 2020). "Central Park's Victorian Gardens is in danger of shuttering for good". Time Out New York. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
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