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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby robbalvey » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:02 pm

PriestofSyrinx wrote:MOSI in Tampa is a very interesting Science Museum

The Recyclesaurus is one of my favorite landmarks in Florida!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:38 pm

I've always wondered about the Water Ski Hall of fame in Polk County, off exit 44 on I-4. I pass by it on my way to Orlando and I've always wondered what's in there. I see 3-4 cars parked in front at any time.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:07 pm

^ Haven't heard of that one, but it sounds like our kind of place! :p
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:10 pm

^I think it's a little north of Fantasy of Flight and the rest stop on I-4. If you're in the vicinity of exit 44, you can see it to your left. It's a blue building.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby paiging_jen » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:14 pm

It's definitely there. Polk County native but I've never experienced it.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:12 pm

Well, if you want to check out the Holy Land Experience, you can go for free on October 5. Check this out:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/os-holy-land-free-admission-20100916,0,4577229.story

It's probably best to go there early, as it looks like the park reached capacity moments after opening.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:55 pm

^ Um, yeah...despite what I said earlier, I think I'd rather just pay. :p
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:00 pm

It would be interesting to see an atheist's view on the place. I gave my agnostic view on it already:

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1565&hilit=holy+land+experience

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby IBtacoDave » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:34 pm

BarryH wrote:It would be interesting to see an atheist's view on the place. I gave my agnostic view on it already:

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1565&hilit=holy+land+experience


I'm guessing the viewpoints would be the same. Although as an agnostic myself I'm not willing to rule anything out.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:32 pm

Last year, we visited the WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee--as documented in our Smoky Mountain Adventures thread--and gave it a somewhat middling review. So we were keen on visiting the original, here in Orlando, to see if it was any different and/or better.

The verdict? The two are very similar, except that this one is smaller, more cramped, has fewer exhibits, and is basically inferior to the Pigeon Forge location in almost every way. Enough so that we really can't recommend it. But don't take mere words for it....

WonderWorks, Orlando
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This one is much closer to the road, and is much more imposing as a result. Which is probably a good thing.

It should be noted, however, that it is on a completely level road. It's just really hard to take a straight picture of it. :OP
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And, right off the bat, my visit is ruined. Now I must return to the car to drop off my gat.
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The lobby is similar to that of Pigeon Forge's, but decidedly smaller.
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On the other hand, this one is more expensive. So it's got that going for it.
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Note: You will not actually be spun upsidedown. Thank you.
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Aaaahhhh!!!
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"Even Though You Will Want To, Because It Is The Coolest Thing Here"
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The Titanic thing--while not terribly entertaining--was at least not at the one in Pigeon Forge. (The Earthquake "simulator" is, though.)
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I don't care how bad an employee she is, "Hurricane Hole" isn't a nice thing to call anyone. (Brought to you by Mountain Dew. Do the Dew.)
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And then there's kind of a spinning thing with some crap up above it, and a monitor that shows the outside, but upsidedown. Ooh, hand sanitizer!
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This uses light to create the illusion that water is falling upwards. Or something. I don't really even care.
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Tic tac toe? And they're only charging $25 to get in here?? (Actually, the sad part is that people are actually playing it, so starved for entertainment are they.)
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What Erik & Smisty would look like if they were midgets (who were looking into a regular mirror).
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Bubbles. Yeah, they have it at the other one. Yeah, it's bigger there.
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So, Thor flies by throwing his hammer, and then holding onto it?

That really has nothing to do with this update. It's just been bugging me.
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Yeah, they have that stupid Mind Ball thing here, too.
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And the "virtual" air hockey.
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Misty tries to end her misery by throwing herself onto a bed of nails.
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Just pee right there on the piano. (Look at the picture again. It'll come to you eventually.)
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When I'm feeling sad, I go to my happy place. Which is nothing like the Sound Lab.
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Fueled by anger, I kick this arcade device's A$$.
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Note the "design your own virtual roller coaster" simulator in the background. I mean, if you want to. Whatever. I'm gonna go sanitize my hands.
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Hey, you know what would be cool? If they had something here that the other place didn't have. Anything, really. I'd settle for a mold-a-mattic machine, at this point.
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Holy fudging fudge-cakes!!!
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Upstairs in "the basement" (because the building's upsidedown, you see), is a 4-D theater (which we didn't do, but we assume is crappy, because they always are), laser tag, and an arcade. But first we must endure some optical illusions.
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Good job, Smisty!
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Okay, so there is one cool thing here that isn't at the other one: a ropes course above the arcade!
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Heading back down, you encounter these pictures made out of used chewing gum. So there you go.
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Back on the ground floor (or, erm, "attic"?) there's an eatery and then a gift shop.
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With this face, I was trying to convey, "How the hell did they get this picture without getting that light post in front of it??"
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I honestly don't feel that this shirt properly reflects the WonderWorks Orlando experience.
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There, that's better.

So, in short, if you absolutely *must* visit WonderWorks, try to go to the one in Pigeon Forge. Thank you.
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