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Orlando: It's an upside-down world
Walk into Wonder Works and you'll think your world has been turned upside down --literally. The most striking feature of this structure is the way the building appears to have been uprooted and then landed on its head. Even walking into the lobby you see stairs coming from the ceiling! Or is it the floor?
Once you get past your initial disorientation, there are lots of great things for families to do. Wonder Works tries to combine science with entertainment. There are more than a hundred exhibits for kids young and old to get their hands on.
Guests can feel what it's like to be standing in the middle of an earthquake or brave the winds of a hurricane. If that doesn't give you enough gray hairs, look into the future as a computer ages your appearance decades from now.
Virtual reality is a reality at Wonder Works. There are exhibits that put you right in the middle of the action. Guests use their flight skills at Shuttle Landers to take the controls of a spacecraft and land it somewhat safely on an airstrip. Then you can put your engineering skills to work as you design your own roller coaster and ride it at the WonderCoaster.
And when you're tired from your day of fun, take a rest on a bed that features 3,500 sharp nails rising up from under you. Maybe you'll discover the benefits of acupuncture.
-- Andrew Inches, South Florida Parenting
FYI: Wonder Works is all indoors, for a good rainy-day activity: adults, $18.95; seniors and children, 412, $12.95. Wonder Works, Pointe Orlando, 9067 International Drive, 407-351-8800
On the web, go to www.wonderworksonline.com