Funplex, one of New Jersey’s leading amusement destinations, is investing approximately $4 million to significantly enhance its extremely popular, indoor center in East Hanover. An unveiling event for the enhanced venue – which remains open during renovations – is slated for February of 2019.
With a second location in Mount Laurel, the Funplex serves guests in both the northern and southern halves of the state. The current, $4 million investment in the East Hanover center is part of an overall $20 million investment Funplex made in both locations during the past four years, including new rides, restaurants, general site improvements, and two of New Jersey’s largest outdoor water parks.
Upgrades underway in East Hanover include a 37,000-square-foot renovation with a Jersey Shore Boardwalk theme, featuring 20 bowling lanes and a private bowling suite made by Qubica. In addition, Funplex will be the state’s first recreation venue to offer HyperBowling, an interactive set of bowling-related games designed around an innovative bumper system. The new Funplex bowling section also will feature projection screens, a new lightshow, sound system, and waitress service.
A artist’s map of the enhanced East Hanover location is available here.
“Funplex is committed to being the premier family entertainment venue, and that’s what this $4 million investment is all about,” says Brian Williams, Funplex CEO. “We took an already exceptional location, our East Hanover center, and are working hard to make it even more fun. I’m confident that everyone who visits us after the grand opening will be delighted with the upgrades, and will reaffirm this location as one of the state’s top amusement destinations.”
While visiting Funplex, guests also may enjoy a selection of new food and beverage offerings at the Boardwalk Café, including new appetizer platters for the bowling area, flavor infused milkshakes, funnel cakes, and other Boardwalk favorites. The new Mezzanine area will offer a complete view of the Boardwalk, with seats for up to 75 guests.
“When the upgrades to our East Hanover center are completed, we will have significantly expanded our demographic reach,” Williams explains. “Our venue will appeal not only to families, but more broadly to high school and college students, as well as to adults.”
Upgrades to the East Hanover location will also include the thrilling “Reverse Time” ride, which will make its global debut at Funplex. It currently is being manufactured in Italy, by SBF. Further, there will be the new Drop and Twist” ride, as well as “Engineering for Kids,” an afterschool program for students of all ages. The Go-Kart Track is being significantly remodeled and is slated to be open before 2018 ends, while the new “Warrior Course” multi-level obstacle course is open now.
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