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First 100 get into Wonderworks free Saturday

Kids enjoy some snowboarding during the opening of the WonderWorks Destiny USA location.

Kids enjoy some snowboarding during the opening of the WonderWorks Destiny USA location. Farah Jadran

WonderWorks at Destiny USA officially cut the ribbon and opened its doors Nov. 9. The WonderWorks celebration continues on Saturday, Nov, 10, when the first 100 guests in line will received free general admission. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Also, on Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12, in honor of Veterans Day, those with valid Military ID will receive a special discounted WonderWorks general admission along with up to three guests.

WonderWorks features more than 100 interactive exhibits that utilize some of the most sophisticated graphic and audio presentation techniques available. Vasquez described the "story of WonderWorks" and how it came to land in Syracuse: WonderWorks was once a top secret research laboratory on a remote island in the Bermuda Triangle. As legend has it, the world’s greatest scientists — led by Professor Wonder — were given the task of creating a man-made tornado and harnessing the power of it. During this experiment, something went awry and the power of the tornado was unleashed throughout the laboratory. This created a swirling vortex that was strong enough to rip the laboratory from its foundation. It was carried thousands of miles away and landed upside-down on the third level of Destiny USA in Syracuse. Remarkably, all of the experiments remained intact and functional.

"It’s the first location to not be a standalone structure," said Jackie Vasquez, corporate director of sales and marketing for WonderWorks. "This [WonderWorks] location will be located all on level on the third level of Destiny USA." While CNY’s amusement park for the mind will have many firsts, WonderWorks and its family-friendly appeal will remain the same, according to Vasquez.

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