By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Restaurants | Issue: January 2009
Jeremy Fletcher shows off the new XD Theater at Incredible Pizza Company.
The Incredible Pizza Company raises the bar for family-friendly entertainment ever higher with some phenomenal new additions to its vast stable of amusements, which already includes bowling, miniature golf, bumper cars, and its number one attraction, indoor go-carts.
Incredible Pizza’s newest, most impressive addition is the XD Theater, installed in October. The XD Theater offers a highly immersive 3-D motion-simulated ride, using a combination of 3-D film and glasses, lighting, sound and wind effects, and individual moving seats. This isn’t the kind of thing you typically expect to find outside of, say, Universal Studios. Incredible Pizza offers three different XD Theater programs: you can ride on a cosmic roller coaster, through a haunted mine, or on a jet pack. “Kids, parents and grandparents all enjoy this ride,” says Brad Edwards, managing partner of Incredible Pizza. “Every time you ride it, you get a new experience.”
Another high-tech addition is the UFO Stomper, a spectacularly large multiplayer game with an interactive floor screen, surround sound, and screens for spectators. You can win tickets on this and other popular attractions, including the enormous Big Bass Wheel and the Deal or No Deal game, which plays just like the TV show. Incredible Pizza also has a Dance Heads booth, where you can get a personalized DVD of your head on a body dancing to the song of your choice. Incredible Pizza also has the new two-player version of Sega Rally 3, with interactive cars and widescreen displays. For younger children, there’s the new Tiny Town, which has all kinds of fun things for smaller kids to do in a safe area, including a massive bounce house.
Incredible Pizza has expanded its menu, too. “We aren’t just pizza,” says Edwards. “We have lots of new buffet items.” In addition to the usual spread of pizza, salad, pasta, potato and dessert buffets, lunch at Incredible Pizza now features a taco bar every day. Daily lunch specials include chicken tetrazzini and meatloaf on Mondays, barbeque chicken and beef stew on Tuesdays, king ranch chicken and cheese enchiladas on Wednesdays, smothered chopped steaks and meatloaf on Thursdays, and baked lasagna and chicken tenders on Fridays.
Jeremy Fletcher and Brad Edwards, managing partner, welcome families to enjoy the indoor go-karts at Incredible Pizza.
The Incredible Pizza Company was founded by Rick and Cheryl Barsness in Springfield, Missouri in 2002. There are currently 16 Incredible Pizza locations in the United States and Mexico, with more on the way. The Tulsa store, which has been open for just over four years, is the company headquarters as well as the testing ground for Incredible Pizza’s new attractions. The Barsnesses’ charity, the Incredible Pizza Company Foundation, aids local and global missionaries, children’s homes, and at-risk children.
Incredible Pizza specializes in parties of all kinds, particularly birthday parties, and has a number of party packages and daily specials. Tulsa’s Incredible Pizza Company is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can visit them on the web at www.incrediblepizza.com/tulsa.