By Amusement Today | October 11, 2013
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has begun offering a new three-tiered annual pass program that allows guests to customize their experience at the must-see Central Florida destination.
“This new annual pass structure offers expanded value and the ability for guests to select the level that best fits their needs and expectations,” said John Clifford, senior sales and marketing director of the Visitor Complex. “With the holidays approaching, it is a great time to purchase an annual pass to experience all there is to see and do at the Visitor Complex, including one-of-a-kind attractions such as the new Space Shuttle Atlantis and Angry Birds Space Encounter.”
The new tiered annual pass structure and benefits are as follows:
Tier 1: Discovery Pass, $75 plus tax for adults, $60 plus tax for children ages 3-11
- Unlimited admission for one year
- 10 percent off admission tickets for up to six guests per visit
- A Discovery Pass lanyard
- The Visitor Complex newsletter
Tier 2: Atlantis Pass, $89 plus tax for adults, $71 plus tax for children ages 3-11
- All Tier 1 Discovery Pass benefits
- Free parking
- 10 percent off souvenirs
- 10 percent off food and beverage
- 10 percent off Astronaut Training Experience and Camp KSC
- Exclusive special events and privileges
- An Atlantis Pass lanyard
Tier 3: Explorer VIP Pass, $139 plus tax adults and children
- All Tier 1 and Tier 2 Pass benefits
- One free KSC Up-close tour
- One free Lunch with an Astronaut
- A free collectible souvenir
- An Explorer Pass lanyard
Guests who have purchased the previous Commander’s Club annual pass within the last year will continue to receive those benefits through the expiration date of their pass.
Among the new Visitor Complex attractions and enhancements included in admission are:
Space Shuttle Atlantis: Visitor Complex guests can see the priceless, historic Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before — rotated 43.21 degrees with payload bay doors open and its Canadarm (robotic arm) extended, as if it has just undocked from the International Space Station. But getting nose-to-nose with Atlantis is not all guests can do at this $100 million, 90,000-square-foot attraction. The immersive experience invites guests to “be the astronaut” with never-before-seen, technologically sophisticated multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators that bring to life the people, passion and patriotism of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program.
Angry Birds Space Encounter: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has partnered with Rovio Entertainment, creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise, to bring the popular game and characters to life. The 4,485-square-foot Angry Birds Space Encounter is the first comprehensive, interactive Angry Birds attraction in the United States designed for people of all ages and features such immersive activities as Eggsteroids Slingshot, Cold Cuts Tile Puzzle, Danger Zone, and Red Planet Lazer Challenge.
New entry and fountain honoring President Kennedy: The new entry includes a grand plaza and fountain; ticket stations and self-service kiosks; will call, guest services and information stations; a retail shop; and a restaurant. Guests are greeted by a first-ever 3D representation of the NASA insignia and a majestic 75-foot-long, 5000-gallon fountain that pays homage to the dreams of late President John F. Kennedy, for whom NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is named. Kennedy’s face, along with a quote from his famous 1962 “moon speech” at Rice University, are laser etched onto a skyward-reaching arch of blue granite.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attractions and activities also include Shuttle Launch Experience, an incredible simulated journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle; Astronaut Training Experience (ATX); Rocket Garden; two IMAX theaters; Astronaut Encounter; Lunch With an Astronaut; U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame; and Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted.
Located only 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features many attractions and year-round interactive programs, including meeting real astronauts.
For more information on Kennedy Space Center Complex, please visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
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