The 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) facility, which opened in the spring of 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 Ballon", "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.
Entertainment shows include:
- The Sammie and Tudie Show
- King Henry's Magic Show
- Michael Karas Juggling Show
- Ellie the Hula Hooper
- Arnie, the Magician
- Vicky & Victor
The idea to put an amusement park in the Wollman ice skating 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.
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