Horizon West residents are in for the adventure of a lifetime as Urban Air prepares to open at the end of April.
Urban Air Adventure Park, which broke ground in July 2022, will open its newest location at 5758 Hamlin Groves Trail, Winter Garden, conveniently located next to the Publix shopping plaza.
The 60,000-square-foot adventure park will include more than 20 attractions, such as bumper cars, wipeout, go-karts, skyrider, trampolines, a slam dunk zone, climbing walls, virtual reality, a warrior course and a ropes course.
The location will also house nine party rooms, perfect for any celebratory occasion, as well as a cafe.
The Hamlin location is owned by Harold Mills and Kent Cisewski, who both call Orlando their home, in Windermere and Winter Park, respectively. The business will be run with the help of General Manager Tim Finnerty and Assistant General Manager Sid Jordan.
“We hope to play a small part in strengthening this community by bringing neighbors and families together,” Mills said. “Our front doors are a portal for children and families to immerse themselves into a safe space of laughter, relaxation, relief, joy and just plain fun. It’s not just a destination, it’s truly an experience.”
Joseph Marrero, sales and marketing manager for Urban Air, said the location will host a friends and family soft-opening event, as well as a first responders night, before finishing off the week with a grand opening event, which will include festivities such as a live deejay and giveaways.
The tickets will have three different levels: platinum, ultimate and deluxe. Each level will coordinate to which attractions guests can enjoy. Urban Air also will sell memberships with different levels and perks.
The location will host celebrations such as kids birthday parties, group events, field trips and team-building days.
“One of the driving forces behind Urban Air Adventure Park is bringing families together and offering them a place where they (not only can) have fun together but also ‘engage’ with (one another),” Cisewski said. “The best thing we can see is kids playing, laughing, jumping, racing … and none of it involves their phones. In this day and age, that means a lot.”
When searching for a new space to open an Urban Air, Mills said there was no better location than Hamlin.
“This is one of the fastest growing communities in Florida,” he said. “It’s home to some of the best job opportunities, transportation access, housing supply, outdoor activities, restaurants and many other desired amenities. Now, we are thrilled to add clean, safe, family fun to the many activities our community’s families can enjoy. Hamlin is clearly one of the best locations anywhere for businesses and consumers to converge.”
Marrero shared Mills’ enthusiasm for the location, saying another driving factor was the close proximity to the theme parks.
“It’s a cool thing that we are in Disney’s backyard, just because of the fact that we’re not Disney,” he said. “We’re something else to do that has attractions and thrill rides. You have lots of park options in the Orlando area, but you don’t have something like us that has a little bit of everything combined into one location. We also are in a very captive community that gives people something fun to do without having to pay Disney prices. People can even walk and ride their golf carts here because it’s so ingrained in the community.”
Marrero said he wants Urban Air to be more than just a location; he wants it to be a gathering place that people want to go to come together.
“A community hub with just a fun attraction space for people of all ages to make memories,” he said. “Horizon West has been booming for years now, and it’s still growing. We have lots of schools and lots of children and families in this community. It’s just a different and safe place where kids can come and hang out.”
In the future, Marrero hopes Urban Air can become a community partner, where the location can host car shows in the parking lot or even collaborate with local restaurants.
As Urban Air inches closer to its opening date, Marrero hopes people will be patient and understanding as they deal with opening pains, just like any other business.
“Having a location where you’re not just coming to have fun and play, but you’re creating memories,” he said. “Moments that your children, families and friends will always remember. We aim to play the role where we are a staple in the community. We want people to frequently visit because it’s become something that’s become part of their family routine. That’s something special.”