Ripley's Orlando Odditorium

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Ripley's Orlando Odditorium

Man there is a lot of stuff in Orlando. This place looks really cheesy. Did anyone else even know about it?

http://www.ripleysorlando.com/

I like that it looks like it's sinking.

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We have driven by it on I Dr. before but have never stopped in. Looks like a sponge soaking in all the tourists.

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With so much to do in Orlando, I always wonder how the lower-tier attractions like this get anyone in the door.

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dsoup wrote:
With so much to do in Orlando, I always wonder how the lower-tier attractions like this get anyone in the door.

Probably by making it sound and appear much more spectacular, and appealing than they really are awesome of course never having been inside I could be wrong, and, they could be tremendous attractions.

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Vettelover wrote:
dsoup wrote:
With so much to do in Orlando, I always wonder how the lower-tier attractions like this get anyone in the door.

Probably by making it sound and appear much more spectacular, and appealing than they really are awesome of course never having been inside I could be wrong, and, they could be tremendous attractions.

Have you ever done any of the lesser-known attractions?

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dsoup wrote:
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dsoup wrote:
With so much to do in Orlando, I always wonder how the lower-tier attractions like this get anyone in the door.

Probably by making it sound and appear much more spectacular, and appealing than they really are awesome of course never having been inside I could be wrong, and, they could be tremendous attractions.

Have you ever done any of the lesser-known attractions?


Actually I did try the SONIC drive in on I Dr.at the upper end. Does that count, :>) (There are none in NH and I liked it) also I actually did go to an attraction on I Dr. that is built in the form of an upside down building. Anyone know which one I mean? It was full of interactive exhibits and was really quite interesting, like a wind tunnel that showed what it was like in a hurricane with very high winds buffeting you. I guess that is the only exhibit that made an impression because it is the only one I remember Also this was quite a few years ago, about 8 or so!!

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Is this it?

http://www.wonderworksonline.com/html/

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dsoup wrote:
Is this it?

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Yes it is ! Good detective work.

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I have to say every time you guys bring up one of these places, my mind gets blown. There's so much in Orlando I don't even notice, because I'm busy making my way to WDW.

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I've been to the one in Sevierville, TN (near Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge) and DW and I enjoyed it. It's basically a science museum but more fun. If you're into interactive attractions with somewhat of a science theme, it's cool. Had some neat attractions I've not seen anywhere else. That said, I wouldn't go there on a WDW trip. So many other great things to do.

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Hey, that place looks cool! I think it'd be a lot of fun, actually! (But I'm a science nerd...)

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If you enjoy science and/or are a geek in general, I would recommend a trip to one of these. Oh yeah, and kids would like it too wink

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That place looks awesome. Too bad we never have time on our disney trips to "hop."

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I wonder if LifeIsForLiving should consider a new career in attractions marketing. He gets me pumped up for all kinds of things I would have never been interested in otherwise.

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Brad wrote:
I wonder if LifeIsForLiving should consider a new career in attractions marketing. He gets me pumped up for all kinds of things I would have never been interested in otherwise.

I think enthusiastic people get other people enthusiastic. Just look at his user name!

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Thank you. I enjoy sharing things that make me happy; things I think can be enriching.
I have worked in the hospitality industry, but I much prefer to 'sell' something I am truly excited about.

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Brad wrote:
I wonder if LifeIsForLiving should consider a new career in attractions marketing. He gets me pumped up for all kinds of things I would have never been interested in otherwise.

Like Vita-mix!

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LOL, well yeah. I wouldn't tout its virtues if I didn't feel strongly about it awesome

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LifeIsForLiving wrote:
Thank you. I enjoy sharing things that make me happy; thinks I think can be enriching.
I have worked in the hospitality industry, but I much prefer to 'sell' something I am truly excited about.

Such a good point. I've worked in jobs where I had to "sell" things I couldn't really buy into. I'm NO good at acting!

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I sold fine wine, keeping in mind food pairings, in my restaurant like a pro even though I'd never even tasted any of them (again; don't drink)Smile People would inquire about a glass of house wine [read cheap] and I'd sell them a bottle of the good stuff. Typically, people were much happier with the quality wine though. Not like I was selling them a kick in the pants.

Was hard for me at first, because I felt like I was contributing to the delinquency of society. I didn't want to sell or serve alcohol at all, but the simple fact was it was part of my job. Since I didn't have any other good job prospects at the time, I learned to be good at it.

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...back on topic.

The Odditorium in TN has an attraction that's like a tandem bike you ride where if you ride fast enough, you go upside down - forward and backwards. It's real fun, but for some reason I had the hardest time keeping my feet on the pedals while upside down. Cracked my wife up, but it was pretty unnerving for me.

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LifeIsForLiving wrote:
...back on topic.

The Odditorium in TN has an attraction that's like a tandem bike you ride where if you ride fast enough, you go upside down - forward and backwards. It's real fun, but for some reason I had the hardest time keeping my feet on the pedals while upside down. Cracked my wife up, but it was pretty unnerving for me.

That's really cool. I'm going to investigate if that's a common feature of Odditoriums. I'm trying to imagine if I would have trouble pedaling upside down. Did your feet just slip off?

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They did, but I think it was just me. If you press down, as you do when pedaling, it doesn't seem to happen. My wife didn't have any trouble at all, except maybe when she was cracking up at me laugh

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You know how when you start thinking about a car that you never knew existed you start seeing them everywhere? Ever since we brought up this place I've seen it mentioned in TONS of places, even though I'd never seen it before.

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dsoup wrote:
You know how when you start thinking about a car that you never knew existed you start seeing them everywhere? Ever since we brought up this place I've seen it mentioned in TONS of places, even though I'd never seen it before.

Heh, isn't that always the way it happens. A good litmus test to determine if you'd like a place like this or not is if you enjoy your local science museum. These places are a lot like a good science museum, with lots of interactive exhibits.

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LifeIsForLiving wrote:
dsoup wrote:
You know how when you start thinking about a car that you never knew existed you start seeing them everywhere? Ever since we brought up this place I've seen it mentioned in TONS of places, even though I'd never seen it before.

Heh, isn't that always the way it happens. A good litmus test to determine if you'd like a place like this or not is if you enjoy your local science museum. These places are a lot like a good science museum, with lots of interactive exhibits.

That tandem bike sounds awesome! You guys are really making me want to check it out. I wonder if there's an odditorium near moi.

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