How Did That Building Get There?

How Did That Building Get There?

Driving down International Drive in Orlando, you casually glance out your window and…Oh No!…There’s a building that is upside down and appears to have crashed on top of another building.  Was it a hurricane?  An earthquake?

Naw, you pull into the parking lot to get a better look and suddenly realize you are at WonderWorks, Orlando’s Upside Down Attraction!

This creative, fun-filled place is what is known as a “half day attraction.”  Orlando is filled with wonderful places to explore.  The big places, like the major theme parks, are known as “full day attractions.”  The smaller places are known as “half day attractions.”  Your family can have a lot of fun in Orlando without ever setting foot in a theme park by going to attractions like WonderWorks.

WonderWorks consists of three main areas:  The WonderWorks featuring over 100 exhibits, a Lazer Tag game and the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.  As a reward for all their hard work, we treated our cleaners to a trip to WonderWorks and The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.  Since they are the best vacation rental home cleaners in the world, well, it was the least we could do!

3500 Pointy, Sharp Nails

3500 Pointy, Sharp Nails

The fictitious backstory of WonderWorks states that it was once a top secret laboratory in the Bermuda Triangle.  One day, a horrific tornado carried it thousands of miles and plopped it upside down in the middle of Orlando.  The tornado was created by scientists inside the lab who were trying to find answers to the unexplainable.  Their experiment went awry, causing the tornado, but all of the other experiments remained intact and are what is on display inside WonderWorks.  They give no explanation for how the building turned upside down but all the experiments inside are now right side up!

You begin the journey into WonderWorks by walking through a tunnel with a psychedelic, round revolving wall that creates the sensation that the bridge you are on is spinning.  Once inside, you’ll find creative exhibits that allow you to experience an earthquake, land the space shuttle, lie on a bed of sharp nails, play virtual sports, pilot a fighter jet and ride a virtual roller coaster.  There are also numerous exhibits that feature optical illusions, musical experiments, sound effects, light and shadows and so forth.  All-in-all, it is both amusing and enjoyable–Well worth a look see!

Another component of WonderWorks is a Lazer Tag game.  For this game, you strap on a vest and attempt to shoot members of the opposing team with lazers while traversing through a 10,000 square foot maze.  A computer tabulates the “hits” and gives you a score at the end of the game.  It’s a lot of fun.  After the lazer tag game, there is a video arcade area.

The World's Best Vacation Home Cleaner Explores How Pulleys Work

The World's Best Vacation Home Cleaner Explores How Pulleys Work

Last, but not least, is the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.  This wonderful show is my favorite live dinner theatre in all of Orlando.  I have written a separate blog post about it that you can read here.

The individual cost for adults/children (4-12) or Seniors (65+) is $19.95/$14.95 for WonderWorks, $4.95/$4.95 for Lazer Tag and $24.95/$16.95 for The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.  There are also combo tickets available for any combination of these attractions that will save you a couple of bucks.  The WonderWorks website also offers a printable coupon for $1.50 off and you can also find coupons in the many tourist advertising books that are littered throughout the Orlando area.

Even if you decide you don’t have time to enjoy WonderWorks while you are in Orlando, take a spin down International Drive just to show your family the upside down building.  They’ll get a real kick out of it.

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