This weekend my children and I had the opportunity to visit Wonder Works Orlando. Thank you to Erica Lewis for the complimentary passes. This upside down building has made it’s home on the corner of International Drive and Pointe Orlando.
But wait! Why is this building upside down and where did it come from??? Well, as legend has it, the world’s greatest scientists- led by Professor Wonder- were given the task of creating a man- made tornado and harnessing the POWER of it.
During this experiment, something went awry and the power of the tornado was unleashed throughout the laboratory. This created a swirling vortex that was strong enough to rip the laboratory from its foundation. It was carried thousands of miles away and landed upside-down on the top of a brick warehouse in Orlando, Florida. Remarkably, all of the experiments remained intact and functional.
There is so much to experience once you have entered this structural phenomenon. Experience hurricane strength winds up to 74 miles per hour, test your ability to survive freezing cold waters as cold as 28 degrees!, challenge yourself on the bed of nails, or break out in the bubble lab! All the exhibits are a must try and super fun for all ages. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to go through the exhibits that are spread throughout three floors. Our experience lasted 5 hours, but it was extremely packed inside due to the weather, so some exhibits had longer wait periods. In fact, it was so busy when we arrived that Thea one of the ticket agents was yelling out to the crowd, “Close my door! You have a three to four hour wait for all exhibits; you might as well leave!” My daughter and I were just like WOW! This was not a very good first impression and did not make us feel very welcome. We also had issues in the basement on the third floor where the arcade games and Laser tag are located. Many of the games would not operate correctly after we put the token in the slot. When we asked for help we waited 10 minutes before having to ask the attendant a second time if someone could help us. After the game attendant gave us our tokens back, we tried another game and had the same issue. This was a bit disappointing, however we still had a very enjoyable time at the Wonder Works. We spent about thirty minutes playing in the Bubble Lab where we made bubbles large enough to cover my daughter from head to toe. Many bubbles and much laughter was made in the lab. We ventured off to the Mind Ball where it was a race to the finish line. Our minds controlled the ball and it moved based on our mind activity. I won, wahoo! From there we just bounced from exhibit to exhibit. So much to do from Virtual Sports to the Astronaut Training Challenge. This was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon with the family. Please also take note that the glasses used at the Hurricane Shack and 4D XD Motion Theater are not cleaned in between use. I watched the attendants take the glasses from riders, place them in a bucket and pass out the same glasses to new riders. We quickly got out of line for fear of getting pink eye or worse. This is a major health concern to me and gave me the heebie jeebies. All in all we had a lot of fun experiencing the mysteries behind Wonder Works and my children thought Laser Tag and the Bubble Lab were pretty cool!
Image on right: How Cool are You? Image on Left: Wonder Wall