Interview With WonderWorks Orlando

 The WonderWorks building. Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

The WonderWorks building. Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

WonderWorks Orlando is one of Orlando's top attractions. It's located on International Drive (also known as I-Drive) just eleven minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort. There are a lot of attractions on this 11.1 mile tourist strip, but WonderWorks stands out because it is the only building that is upside down! 

You can visit any day that suits you because WonderWorks Orlando is open 365 days per year. There is no minimum (or maximum) age limit for admission; it is designed to be fun for all ages. 

But all of that info is just a start. There's a lot more to this popular Florida attraction. To help you learn more, we turned to the Director of Operations at WonderWorks Orlando. Here's what he had to say.  

Can you start by telling us a little bit about WonderWorks Orlando? 

WonderWorks is an indoor amusement with approximately 35,000 square feet of "edu-tainment".  What makes us unique is that we offer a blend of education and entertainment! We have over 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination! 

Why is the WonderWorks building upside down?

I’m glad you asked why it is upside down – everyone wonders the same thing.  Here is the WonderWorks story:

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!

How long does it take to see all of the WonderWorks exhibits?

The general time is usually 3-4 hours, but guests have ALL DAY Admission.  They can come and go all day as they please!

Are there any particular exhibits that are really popular among guests?

Indeed! We have several that are very popular: Our Bubble Room (where you can make life-size bubbles), Bed of Nails, Wonder Coaster, 4D Theater, and our three-story Ropes Course Challenge!

 Guests in the 4D XD Motion Theater experience a 3D movie, special effects, and full motion seating.  Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

Guests in the 4D XD Motion Theater experience a 3D movie, special effects, and full motion seating. Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

Are all of the rides and exhibits fully accessible for guests with wheelchairs or electric conveyance vehicles?

Most attractions here are.  There are a few of the larger, moving attractions where they would need to transfer on their own and/or will not be able to participate.

Is there anything that can't be experienced with a general admission ticket?

We have Laser Tag which is an add on (approx. $3) and also our Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.  These can be bundled together with our money saving Combo packages!

What sets The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show apart from other dinner shows on International Drive?

It’s so interactive! Fun for the whole family and great for date nights as well! We truly have one of the most talented performers in Orlando as well – Tony Brent! It is a nice blend of both comedy and magic and calls for a lot of audience participation.  Many of the guests in the show will be pulled on stage to participate.  And we have UNLIMITED food and drink.  That’s all the salad, pizza, soda, beer & wine, and dessert that you choose to have!

 The Wonder Coaster experience allows guests to design and then ride their own roller coaster.  Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

The Wonder Coaster experience allows guests to design and then ride their own roller coaster. Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

Are there any special photo ops that guests should experience while they're at WonderWorks?

Of course! Photo opportunities would definitely be our Upside Down Lobby/Exterior (the exterior is one of the most photographed locations in the US!).  Inside the building – guests love to photograph the Bubble Room, Bed of Nails, and the Ropes Course Challenge!

Do you offer any exclusive merchandise in the WonderWorks gift shop?

We have a mix of WonderWorks Orlando branded items – apparel, cups, and select souvenir gifts!

Is there a standout food item at the Works Café that you would recommend?

I LOVE the pizza, but personally anything from our Café is good! We offer all types of snack foods (hot dogs, salads, chicken nuggets, etc).

 In the Space Discover WonderZone, guests can maneuver the controls of the Space Shuttle Discovery to see if they can make a clean landing.  Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

In the Space Discover WonderZone, guests can maneuver the controls of the Space Shuttle Discovery to see if they can make a clean landing. Copyright: WonderWorks. All rights reserved.

What is the best way to purchase WonderWorks tickets?

The easiest way is to purchase WonderWorks tickets online! These can be scanned at the Admissions counter for direct access.  

Do you offer any special discounts for first time or repeat visitors?

We do! If you sign up for our newsletter online, you will receive a special WonderWorks promo code for $2.00 off each ticket.  Also, repeat visitors signed up for our newsletter get special e-mails throughout the year with other discounts/promos.  

WonderWorks Image Gallery

See pictures of exhibits in WonderWorks Orlando.