Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review for WonderWorks and The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show in Orlando, Florida


We own a timeshare condo in Kissimmee, Florida. When planning our trip for this year, I contacted WonderWorks about visiting them in exchange for a review on my blog. They kindly accepted and offered us discounted admission AND discounted tickets to the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show!

WonderWorks Orlando is a fantastically fun, outta this world, flip you upside down place! Oh yeah - it IS upside down!
Can you see the building behind them? It is a laboratory that is UPSIDE DOWN! Rumor has it that the story goes something like this - Professor Wonder was asked to do an experiment that involved trapping the power of a man-made tornado - well, the experiment went wrong and the laboratory was uprooted and flew to Orlando from the Bermuda Triangle! When you go inside, the stairs are ABOVE you! You have to go through the inversion tunnel to flip YOU upside down too! Unfortunately, since Daniella was in her stroller, she and I missed out on that part. Brandon and Michael said it was super cool to walk through though! Daniella and I were escorted through a separate doorway used for wheelchairs and strollers. I do wish there was a way for them to make the tunnel accessible for people on wheels! We were told to simply ask on of the people who worked there to help us onto the elevator as necessary (they need to punch in a code for it to run).

Once inside and inverted, we began experiencing the various exhibits. There was so much to learn about! There was all kinds of weather related exhibit on the main floor. We felt the wind of a hurricane, experienced what am earthquake that is 5.3 on the Richter scale feels like, felt how cold the water was the night the Titanic sunk (and tried standing on the "deck" of the Titanic that showed how extreme the angle was at different points during the night), and more! And as with most resort location places - they had photographers ready to take your picture to remember your visit!





Can you see the two people talking to each other? Hint: Look at the black part!




We easily found someone to let us use the elevator after checking out the main floor exhibits.

The next floor held Daniella's attention MUCH better! The Bubble Lab kept us all busy for almost an HOUR!











The bubbles we all made were absolutely AMAZING! It was one of the highlights of our entire vacation just sitting there making these enormous bubbles together! Daniella was simply fascinated!

Other exhibits we tried:
Baseball Pitching

Baseball Pitching

Brandon laid on a Bed of Nails!!!

HE ACTUALLY SAID IT TICKLED!!!!

Daniella loved playing basketball with her Daddy!

Daniella loved running back and forth on this huge floor piano!

Reminds me of the movie "Big".

Daniella pitched a fit when we left this exhibit (after spending 30 minutes on it!) She loved coloring on the touch screen!

There was games for Brandon to play, too!

When we tried to go to the Basement...we could not find an employee who was available to punch the code in on the elevator for us...so we attempted to proceed via stairs. Daniella can climb stairs but folding up and moving the stroller was a bit of a pain.

EDITED TO ADD: WonderWorks has informed me that a code is not necessary to move from the second level to the Basement level so keep that in mind if you visit and need to use the elevator! I do hope that in the future, employees will make that more clear to elevator users :)

The Basement has a 4D Theater where Brandon and I went to see Canyon Coaster - which was awesome! We really felt like we were riding the coaster! I wish that Daniella and Michael could have joined us, but this is intended for those who are 40" and taller.

While we were inside the 4D theater, Michael roamed the basement with Daniella (which included an arcade area that you needed tokens/coins for - This was disappointing that they were not included in admission like everything else we "played with".)

We did not check out the Ropes Challenge Course (2 of us had open toed shoes - CLOSED TOED SHOES ARE REQUIRED - and Daniella was not tall enough). I did notice that everyone wore harnesses for safety though and I really liked that!

Our ticket package also did not include the Lazer Tag which sounded like lots of fun!!

I do have to say that I am glad that children 3 and younger are free to get in because honestly, there was not a whole lot that held Daniella's attention (age 2). She LOVED the Bubble Lab, had fun with the baseball pitch, basketball, giant floor piano and the Fun Express touch screen. Just enough to keep her engaged enough to not get mad but I do wish there was more for the younger crowd :)







Throughout the hallways and staircases there were some really great optical illusions that were fun too! There was a large gift shop to peruse on the way out as well!

After spending about 4 hours at WonderWorks, we went back to our condo to let Daniella take a good nap so she would be plenty refreshed by the time the Outta Control Magic Dinner Show began!

We were warned to come early for our 6pm show - were were told it would be best to arrive by 5:30 because seating was based upon arrival time. We arrived right at 5:30pm and there were about a dozen people ahead of us in line. Daniella is not patient with waiting so that proved interesting! We were seated at a table towards the back even though we were there fairly early which didn't really make much sense to us but we were still able to have a great view of the show! The comedian was fantastically funny, great at engaging the audience and was very family friendly! There was unlimited cheese and pepperoni pizza, salad, popcorn, Pepsi drinks, beer and wine with vanilla cake for dessert. The food was okay but not great (was in line with the price of the dinner show). We weren't there so much for the food as much as we were for the show though! Brandon (age 10) is really into magic being a HUGE Harry Potter fan so he LOVED the show!


As in most resort areas - keep your eyes out for coupons to save a few dollars!

Don't forget to check out WonderWorks Orlando's Facebook Page!



I know that a lot of families travel to the Orlando area over Christmas break - you seriously need to check out WonderWorks while you are there! It is fun, educational, and much cheaper than big theme parks!








Disclosure: We received an approximate $50 discount in exchange for this review.



6 comments:

  1. That looks awesome!! I will definitely have to put that on our itinerary the next time we go down to Orlando! I've never heard of it but that is definitely our kind of attraction!

    Great review! Thanks for sharing!
    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  2. That is really Cool! If I ever go to Orlando, I would love to take the kids there. They would really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love reading about new places like this. I have been to the area before and knew nothing about it. What a fun attraction--I will have to put it on my list for next time we are there!

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  4. Florida is one of my favorite places! Wonderworks sounds like a great place; I've never heard of it. I don't know if I missed it in your review, but how long has it been there? I like how you wrote about what you liked the most and the least. Very cool review... Thanks for sharing.

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  5. What an absolute fantastic place, my kids (and husband!!) would love this.

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  6. I like that so many exhibits are interactive and not just the "look at that" kind. Fun!

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