Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
As of January 1, 2021, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex will be opening their newest attraction known as Planet Play, a three-story interactive play area, that has taken over one of the older Imax Theatres in the park.
Planet Play is the new fully immersive multiple-story experience for space explorers of any age, but geared toward ages 2 through 12.
“While the area is geared toward children ages 2 through 12, we love to see the parents walk through the play area with their kids,” said Howard Schwartz, the Director of Marketing for Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex, during a special media event.
There are various play spaces, that are all brimming with information on various planets, constellations, satellites, and the sun. Visitors can walk on the rings of Saturn, slide through an interactive asteroid belt, and solve a few puzzles, before delving into the Cosmic Quest Video Game area.
“The entire place is 30 percent play, and 70 percent digital,” said Therrin Protze, the Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex.
The attraction also boasts a unique state-of-the-art Lounge Area for parents that combines a Wine Room Concept with a coffee and wine bar. Patrons will be able to add money on a wristband that will allow them to access a self-serve coffee and wine station.
The lounge uses self-serve Starbucks coffee devices, along with a few selections of wines and beer for some refreshments while resting from exploring the Visitor’s Complex. The use of these devices incorporates automation into food service areas, which are seen throughout the park already.
While the entire park is concentrating on meticulous cleaning standards, the new attraction will follow the same protocols with more frequent cleaning and has multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the attraction.
“Planet Play is the first phase of three to add more entertainment and education of space explorers of all ages,” said Schwartz. ”Gateway, another attraction that is currently under construction, is phase two and is scheduled to open in 2022, along with more to come.”
For more information on Kennedy Space Center and its newest attractions, visit https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com.