Right from the beginning, WonderWorks will captivate you with their story as to why the building is upside-down. Appearently, the building used to be a top-secret laboratory located in the Bermuda Triangle. A horrible man-made tornado then ripped it from the ground and carried it to Orlando, Florida, where it sits today. Strangely enough, after the long journey inside a tornado, the building and exhibits are intact. And although the building is upside down, all the exhibits are right-side up - go figure.
The Orlando location is located on International Drive and open daily from 9am to midnight. The ticket prices at the door are $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 4 to 12 (Florida tax not included). The WonderWorks web site does offer a printable coupon for $1.50 off admission. Be sure to allow pop-ups.
From the outside, this upside-down building is something to really look at, but once inside, you are introduced to over 100 interactive exhibits. Orlandoinfo.com calls WonderWorks "an amusement park for the mind."
Inside the building, you can experience everything from a man-made 5.3 San Francisco earthquake to creating your own roller coaster, then riding it in a 360-degree pitch-and-roll virtual ride. As I mentioned before, they have a speed pitch exhibit. This is nothing more than a bullpen set up inside with a radar gun. It gives some of us former baseball players a chance to remember that we are not as young as we once were. Be careful where you lay down, though - you may be sleeping on 3,500 sharp nails in the "Bed of Nails" exhibit. And the entire trip would not be complete without visiting the one experiment that brought the entire laboratory to us in the first place, "Tornado."
This is a destination that people of all ages can enjoy. From young to "not so young anymore," you are sure to have a wonderful experience while at WonderWorks!
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journals: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! and Wet 'n Wild.