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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bringing universe of enhancements in 2019

by Brittani Tuttle

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, as well as the return of human space travel to the Space Coast, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is adding a universe of new changes and enhancements in 2019.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will get some out-of-this-world enhancements in 2019.

“2019 is going to be another exciting year for us,” said Therrin Protze, COO of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We’ve been working hard to create new ways to enhance our guest experience as well as add amenities and upgrades that will make a visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex even more memorable. Going forward, our focus continues to be STEM education: the opening of the new Astronaut Training Experience this year has been met with high praise and nearly sold-out bookings. Our public outreach continues to expand through new Title I school initiatives and other exciting programs.”

New Entranceway with “Sense of Space”

The adventure will begin as soon as guests arrive at the visitor complex and make their way under the brand-new entrance that establishes an out-of-this-world feeling. Located on a new access road off of Space Commerce Way, the entrance design replicates the crawler-transporters that deliver rockers from the Vehicle Assembly Building to their launch pad. 

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The new parking plaza will have six total lanes with two automatic pay stations and four attended lanes.

New Exhibits at the Apollo/Saturn V Center

With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 taking place in July of next year, guests will have the chance to see the mission come to life through the re-imagining of the Apollo/Saturn V Center. 

This interactive exhibit and attraction focuses on the Apollo Program, from the days leading up to the first launch to the Moon landings. The attraction will get a new “sense of arrival” with revamped landscaping, thematic signage, and more. New exhibits, like Moon Scape, will feature a Lunar Lander and augmented reality (AR) stations that allow guests to recreate the first steps to the moon.

The focal point of the center will be a suspended Saturn V moon rocket, enhanced with projection mapping on its side that will show footage of the Moon landing. Other new experiences and interactive opportunities will be added, as well.

Step. Power. Launch.

Guests will soon be able to power their own future one step at a time, thanks to the interactive piezoelectric experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, called “Step. Power. Launch.”

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Three separate tile pads designed to replicate planets will let guests test out a new technology prototype. The energy generated by guests will power daily, virtual launches on digital towers throughout the park. The information gathered through this experiment at the visitor complex will help develop technology that will someday be used on roadways and sidewalks to generate energy.

KSC Bus Tour Updates

Emily Calandrelli, aka The Space Gal, will be the host of a new video shown on the KSC Bus Tour, available exclusively at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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In the new video, guests will go behind-the-scenes more than ever before by following Emily as she interviews NASA subject matter experts and learns about past and future launches.

This bus tour is the only way that the public is allowed access to restricted areas of Kennedy Space Center.

Dine with an Astronaut

This popular offering is being updated and refreshed to become a new, more personal guest experience. A new themed location will add to the intimate ambiance and create an environment that’s more suited to the experience’s theme of human elements and emotions of space travel.

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After the program, each guest will have the chance to take an individual photo with the astronaut.

New Concession Concepts

New, space-themed food concessions will be available at the visitor complex in 2019.

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The existing Milky Way ice cream shop will receive a new façade, featuring a panorama of the galaxy – plus premium, hand-dipped ice cream.

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The all-new Red Rock Grill will feature self-service ordering, and a variety of specialty hot dogs and french fries.

To learn more about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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