Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Orlando Review and Giveaway

Our very first stop on our vacation was the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium in Orlando. The Odditorium stands out from all of the surrounding buildings because the building itself is slightly sideways and looks as though it is being slowly swallowed into the earth. The building was so big that I couldn't get a full picture of it from the parking lot, but you can see the "sinkhole" effect.

In the Ripley's Odditorium lobby until Labor day 2011 (09/05) they are hosting the world famous African fertility statues. More than 2,000 Women have reported to Ripley's that they have become pregnant after touching these statues. Ripley's encourages aspiring Mother's to touch the statues and write them with the results. Personally, I stayed clear of these statues. I am not ready for babies yet! However, I did take some pictures for you:

As you walk through Ripley's there are hundreds of pictures, exhibits, masks and cool/ odd things to look at. I learned early on to read all of the plaques. Some of the exhibits you will not realize how neat they are until after you read about them. For example, you may see a really neat painting and think to yourself "well, that is cool, but why is it here?". Then, you read the plaque and find out that it is made out of something odd like small candy balls, pennies, playing cards, or even toast. Yes, toast. This one was my favorite of the paintings:

This Mona Lisa was created from 1,426 pieces of white bread. It is amazing up close to see the toast and the different levels of toasting that was required to get the perfect shading for this portrait. 

Another thing that I looked at a few times and didn't really appreciate until after I read the plaque is this Rolls Royce:

This Rolls Royce (which has some very impressive details) is made from over 1 million matchsticks. It was started by a man who was bored when he was confined to a hospital bed. Wow.

While some of the exhibits need the plaques to help you understand what they are, others reach out and grab your attention right away. The Ripley's Odditorium in Orlando has torture devices, a real shrunken head, a Komodo Dragon skeleton, a cannibal skull, an old coffin with a "bell system" built into it in case the buried person is really alive and even a Siamese piglet. I was particularly interested in the shrunken head. My Husband has made a lot of fun of me over this, but I previously thought that these were a thing of myth. It wasn't until my Ripley's trip that I knew that they were real. Jivaro Indians in Ecuador are apparently famous for taking the heads of their enemies and shrinking them. They then would wear the heads around their necks as trophies (yuck!) to ward off the vengeful spirits of the heads owners. Ripley's has one of these heads on display:

It looks so odd and foreign that it is hard to believe that this belonged to a real person. Kind of creepy. The torture "dungeon" section of Ripley's was also fascinating. Our ancestors really did do some cruel things. They created chairs full of nails and forced prisoners into them and then did other unspeakable things while they were strapped in.

I really could go on all day about the odd, neat things that can be found in the Odditorium, but I think I need to leave some surprises for when you visit. I will tell you that my absolute favorite part is not something I took a picture of. It was a very funny and creative exhibit that interacts with the Ripley's visitors. To see what I am talking about, you will have to visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Orlando, FL. I have created a Picasa album so that you can see all of my Ripley's pictures. Go here to view them all!

Ripley's Orlando is located at 8201 International Drive and is not far from the majority of the Orlando tourist attractions (Universal Studios, Island of Adventures, Wet N' Wild, SeaWorld, etc.). You can buy discounted tickets online or you can buy them at the front door.


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Disclaimer: I received 2 free tickets in exchange for this review. I was compensated in no other way. The thoughts here are my own honest opinions.