Racers fly over the European-style road course, whipping past red-and-black boundaries as they maneuver in and out of the turns and straightaways. While they jockey for position and widen the gap between them and the competition, they listen to the race coverage on their radio helmets, striving to improve on their last lap time by cracking a whip over their engines until they gallop up to 40 miles per hour. This is the Andretti Challenge, one of five go-kart tracks within the six-acre Andretti Thrill Park.
The park’s attractions span amusements for nearly every age, from tyke-friendly fun on Rookie Row to single and double karts on the Super Speedway. The park also encompasses nonmotorized fun, such as the Andretti Edge climbing wall, mini bowling, and a tokenless, card-based arcade. And as expected at any family amusement park, Andretti's staff includes a team dedicated to handling parties so that parents don't have to sneak into the park at midnight and power the arcade with their car battery. This scope and quality of entertainment earned Andretti Thrill Park the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Best of Melbourne Award: Amusement Parks from the US Commerce Association.
25 years ago, a personal interest in diet and weight loss led founder Linda Parker to open Transformations, where she and her staff seek synergy between lifestyle change, medication, medical supervision, and proper diet guidelines and education. To this end, trained professionals walk with patients on the sometimes-difficult road toward their personal weight-loss goals. Nutritionally balanced diets and dedicated coaches aim to help patients maintain a targeted healthy weight.
Wendy Shumate, or Wild Wendy as she is sometimes known, is a one-woman wrecking crew when in comes to physical fitness. The proprietress of Wild on Fitness leads sinew-sculpting boot-camp classes in the park by day and quiet, peaceful yoga sessions on the beach. Wendy also works mano a mano with clients through customized personal-training sessions and keeps workouts lively with dance-infused Turbo Kick and hip-hop hustle classes.
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 locations.
Much like its products, Phantom’s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it’s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom’s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.