Ripley's operates 35 oddity museums worldwide, and the Orlando collection is housed in a Bavarian-style building, ... More
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando Odditorium
Ripley's operates 35 oddity museums worldwide, and the Orlando collection is housed in a Bavarian-style building, deliberately disproportioned to look like part of it has disappeared into one of Florida's infamous sinkholes. Inside are such oddities as a statue of a 1,069-pound man, torture devices from the Spanish Inquisition and a replica of a 1907 Rolls Royce built from more than a million matchsticks.
I thought there was a lot of cool things to see, but it was kinda crowded. When I would try to see something and read about it or watch the video, someone would jump infront of me. Mostly little kids would do this. Then you would go to the next exhibit only to find someone standing there forever blocking it. There were a few creepy people in there and the price was a little high, but it beats sitting at home if your from here. It's not fun, if it's crowded, but I can see it being fun if only a few people are walking through at a time. It was full of people that didn't speak English, which amazes me that they would want to go to an american exhibit that was only in English. Plus, they try to charge $2 for a walk through map of the museum. Those are usually free at anything that charges $20 or more for admission. For two people it cost $42.58. The lady in the shop at the end of the exhibit was really nice though and made sure to ask everyone that came through if they enjoyed themselves. This made us feel a little better and thought she gave the experience a nice touch.
This Place is something to do if your low on cash and your hotel's free stuff has become boring or non-existant. If you enjoy it slightly, you still won't go back. This was a lame recreation of the other Ripley's Believe It or Not's through out the country.
We do not reccomend this place even to our enemies. Everything you will see in there is a collection of things you have received by e-mails. a few collection of optical illusions, a big chair, a big tire and a few mirrors. the only impresive thing is the building from the outside, that's about it, and you don't need to spend money to see the building from the outside. My advice save your money;)
It was priced a little high, but they offer a military discount which helped because I have a large family. There is a lot of reading involved and it was crouded in some areas, but there was a lot of interesting information. My 5 year old son loved it, but since he can't read he was consistantly rushing me. I would say it's not designed for kids who can not read.
I didn't like this museum very much at all. I'll start with the positives though. The staff were very nice and a few of the exhibits were interesting. For the most part though it was very bad in my book. A lot of the exhibits seemed.... cultish. They had some parts where I had to teach my younger brother what was wrong about them. And even had an exhibit on medival torture techniques where they had representations of them and lifelike manequins being tortured by them, (complete with sound effects). All in all I would not take kids to this let alone go myself.
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