Sunday, August 18, 2013

Our Experience Visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium (Orlando, FL)



Welcome to Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium in Orlando, FL! Please join my family and me as we show you around a little bit...but just a little! We want to just whet your appetite enough that perhaps YOU will go see more for yourself and come back to tell us what you enjoyed!

 (Disclosure: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium generously allowed our family to come visit them for free in exchange for our opinions about our experience.)





“If you think the building looks bizarre…
wait until you see what’s inside!”


This sign out front describes how the building is "sitting in a sinkhole"!


Here is their description: Our amazing 10,000 square foot “Odditorium” looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole!  Hundreds of fascinating, outrageous and interactive exhibits will entertain the entire family.  Explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and strange.  Marvel at our collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures.  Self-guided, self-paced tour allows guests to fully enjoy Orlando’s most bizarre attraction!  Dozens of Brand New Exhibits and Displays!



Upon entering, you get to "meet" a ghostly image of Mr. Ripley. I gr sitting at his desk. My husband and I grew up watching "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" on TV so we were excited to check everything out.


There were a lot of hands on exhibits which was great for Daniella! Being almost three years old, there was just enough to keep her entertained while Mom and Dad and Brandon got to read all of the little signs next to the displays.


A lot of the hands on display were learning opportunities about stuff such as traveling sound and optical illusions.


The kids really enjoyed playing music with the bug car. Daniella is fascinated with bug cars right now.


A portrait of Abe Lincoln made entirely from pennies! The pennies were not cleaned or anything, just their natural coloring from age was used for the various changes in color within the portrait.




Brandon enjoyed some of the hands on stuff, too.


A portrait of the scene of the Last Supper...made entirely of dryer lint.


YIKES!


This alligator's head is made entirely of feathers! And this doll house furniture is made from beer cans.


A xylophone made from kitchen counter pieces.


There was so much to see and do. There was a small section of stuff that was super freaky and a bit scary so we didn't stay in that part for long so that Daniella dd not get scared. But otherwise, we really enjoyed wandering around at our own pace. Michael and I especially liked the oddities such as a calf that was born with two heads and a chicken that lived for months after having his head cut off. Can you imagine living on that farm? :)

Key Exhibits: The Odditorium showcases an actual human shrunken head; exciting dinosaur exhibit, with dinosaur skull and authenticated dinosaur eggs; amazing wax figures, including Lizard Man; a tribute to Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man; animal oddities; human oddities; a 10-foot section of the Berlin Wall; interactive Illusions and shooting gallery; a musical “Party on Wheels” car; unusual artwork, featuring The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, Beyonce & Lady Gaga!  Famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues held over by popular demand! 


Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves. It really was a perfect morning activity, taking us about an hour and a half, plus time spent in the gift shop :)



Museum Location: 8201 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Sales & Marketing: Group/discount ticket programs, (407) 345-0501
Website: www.ripleys.com/orlando
Admission Prices: Adults, $19.99 + tax; Children (ages 4-12), $12.99 + tax
PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Special ID Discounts: Ask about AAA; FL Residents; Military; Seniors; Students
Group Rates: Available for parties of 10 or more.  Educational Field Trips, Summer Campers, Tour Groups, Military & Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, Corporate Outings, Senior Groups, Scout Packages and more!
Call for additional details and group pricing.
Operating Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. to midnight (Last entry at 11:00 p.m.) 
HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Suggested Visit: We recommend that you allow 90 minutes or more for your self-guided, self-paced visit.  Tour completely at your leisure.
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa
FREE Parking: Free parking for cars and/or motor coaches.
Photography: Cameras and camcorders are welcome!
Accessibility: Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
Additional Features: Souvenir gift shop on premises.  Shopping and restaurants are within walking distance.  Adjacent I-Ride Trolley stops.



Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium continues to host the world famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues for an extended engagement.  

The statues are currently on display in the lobby of Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, located at 8201 International Drive.  Would-be parents are invited to come in to view and touch the statues FREE OF CHARGE during regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.  (Hours are subject to change.)

“Touch them…if you dare!  Proceed with caution!”

More than 2,000 women have reportedly become pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues, often after having been told by their doctors they would never be able to conceive a baby.  Since the women’s stories first became public in 1994, millions have visited the statues around the world.

The five-foot tall wooden carved statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast of
West Africa in 1993, and were initially placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment’s corporate headquarters in Orlando.  Within months 13 women, including employees and visitors, became pregnant.  The Legendary African Fertility Statues quickly became Ripley’s most popular exhibits.


As some of you may know, we had difficulty conceiving Daniella. We tried to get pregnant for almost 3 years. Since having her, we have had (my second) a miscarriage. We have been actively trying, yet again, to get pregnant for almost three years. I rubbed all over those fertility statues!! LOL I haven't gotten pregnant yet, but we were just there a couple of weeks ago! We shall see what comes of it...Either way, it is an intriguing exhibit that is there for only a limited time so I would suggest going soon so that you can see it!


$3.00 Off Adults and $2.00 Off Children for tickets purchased on their website, www.ripleys.com/orlando.  No code needed.

Save the Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013.  Second Annual Ripley’s Oddtoberfest Celebration.  Carnival games and prizes, bounce house, food trucks.  Live entertainment will include World Record Attempts by karate champion, Sensei Mike Reeves; and a live concert featuring Beebs and Her Money Makers.  Festivities will take place on the grounds of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  Free and open to the public.  Details will be posted on website as they are finalized.  Ticket purchase required for entrance into museum.