For a Launch Party The 44,000-square-foot Shuttle Launch Experience opened in May 2007 at the Kennedy Space Center. Thanks to high-definition audiovisual effects, as many as 44 guests can strap into the simulator and experience what it feels like to lift off at 17,500 miles per hour. After the transition from the initial vertical position to the horizontal cruising mode, shuttle bay doors open to reveal a view of the earth. Buyouts are available.
To See a Joust Serfs and wenches dressed in period costumes serve guests roasted chicken and spare ribs (as well as vegetarian grub, when requested), as knights joust on horseback at the Kissimmee location of the kitschy Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, which completed the last phase of its $6 million renovation in April 2007. The 1,100-seat castle includes an area for the main event, a wine cellar for 75, and King’s Hall, which holds 100.
For Some Off-Broadway Flavor The audience is the co-star in customized performances by the Blue Man Group, the whimsical theatrical and musical trio, whose show opened in June 2007 at the 1,000-seat Sharp Aquos Theatre at Universal Studios. Groups can also book a Blue Man-themed reception in the auditorium’s V.I.P. area before or after the show.
Dinner With a Side of Speed The 530-seat Nascar Sports Grille opened in February 2007 at Universal CityWalk, replacing the Nascar Café. The 25,000-square-foot two-story restaurant combines American cuisine with a 37-foot media wall and booth-side plasma screens for watching races and playing interactive video games. Both levels of the restaurant can be rented out for a total of 800 guests. For a smaller reception, the second level holds 260.
This information was previously published in the 2008 BizBash National Venue Guide.