Insider's Guide to WonderWorks Orlando

April 18, 2022

Alchemy, enchantment, and mystery await you at this scientific marvel of a museum!

If you’re searching for a unique Orlando, Florida experience, enlighten your mind by exploring the magic of WonderWorks. Ready to expand your vacation horizons outside the typical theme park settings? Then head to WonderWorks! It's a destination beyond compare. 

Follow along as we take you behind the scenes to one of the most unique museums in the sunshine state. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from can’t miss exhibits, and extra perks, to exclusive tips. 

WonderWorks - The story behind Professor Wonder and the Upside-Down Laboratory

If you were wondering what this crazy place is, engineers with Bullock Smith & Partners built WonderWorks Orlando in 1998 – upside-down. This extraordinary family attraction has delighted patrons for over 20 years. Located on Orlando’s International Drive, the dramatic structure is 82-feet tall and reminiscent of a 1930s brick warehouse. 

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The WonderWorks lore begins at a top-secret lab in the Bermuda Triangle. First, professor Wonder’s experiment to harness the power of tornados went awry. Then, the swirling vortex he created spun out of control, ripped the building into the air and carried it to Orlando, where he finally crashed upside down.

What to Know Before You Go 

WonderWorks Orlando is an indoor interactive amusement park for the mind. All ages are welcome to engage in discoveries; however, the museum recommends an adult accompany children 14 and younger. So prepare to “let your imagination run wild!” With over 35,000 square feet of “edutainment” and more than 100 hands-on exhibits.

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Plan to spend at least three to four hours uncovering the thrills of this gem. We’ve broken down the museum's can’t miss highlights so you can spend your hours exploring what interests you the most. 

WonderWorks Hours, Admission, and Parking

WonderWorks is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to midnight. The Orlando attraction allows unlimited fun all day, meaning that you can leave and come back as you choose. 

Admission 

Secure your WonderWorks Orlando tickets through Tripster for the guaranteed lowest rate. Plus, you’ll be able to skip the long lines and get right to the action.

Present your confirmation email at the admission counter. Your ticket is valid anytime within a year of purchase.

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Once inside, you will want to do every crazy thing available. Tripster’s All-Acess Pass includes access to over 100 interactive exhibits, Laser Tag, the 4D-XD Theater, and the Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course. 

Parking

WonderWorks Orlando has convenient parking at the Pointe Orlando parking garage. Parking fees are $5.00 for the first two hours, $7.00 for three hours, and $10.00 for four hours, with a maximum of $10.00 for the day.

A large building that appears to be upside down serving as the entrance to WonderWorks in Orlando, FloridaAmazing WonderWorks Zones 

Put on your thinking caps as we dive into all the marvels of this incredible place. WonderWorks exhibits use impressive graphic and audio presentation techniques while its activities range from a realistic, simulated hurricane to a virtual reality experience. 

Physical Challenge Zone

WonderWorks doesn’t just showcase science projects for kids to observe. Many activities allow them to shake out their wiggles and sillies! Special features at WonderWorks include the world’s largest indoor ropes course, a rock wall, and competitive laser tag. 

Indoor Ropes Challenge Course

This aerial playground offers a three-story glow-in-the-dark rope course adventure, hailed as the first of its kind in Orlando. Kids can test their endurance and locomotor skills as they tackle over 18 different obstacles and physical activities. 

photo credit: Orlando Family Fun via Facebook

XD-4D Simulation Ride

Put your seatbelt on tight! This rare experience combines 3D film with special effects and full motion seating. The 12-seat theater takes patrons on a simulated ride through space and time, combining 3D images and full motion seats.

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Take one of three different adventures: Fly Me to the Moon, Canyon Coaster, or the Great Wall of China. 

Extreme Weather Zone

Earthquake Café

Here, visitors learn everything there is to know about earthquakes. How are they created, rated, and what does one feel like? At the Earthquake Café, kids uncover one of the most renowned earthquakes in history. The San Francisco earthquake of 1989.

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WonderWorks recreates the experience in the laboratory to allow patrons to feel that 5.3 Richter scale shake as the terrified San Franciscans did on that fateful day. Guests must be 36 inches tall for the simulated Earthquake ride.

photo credit: WonderWorks Orlando via Twitter

How Cold Is It?

Experience firsthand what the water feels at 28° F, the same temperature that 2,223 people on board the RSM Titanic felt when it sank. This fantastic exhibit explains the concept of “hypothermia” and how in 1912, the largest ship in the world collided with an iceberg, causing one of the most devastating historical events. 

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Hurricane Shark

According to the Saffir-Simpson Scale, the hurricane in this simulation is a mere trifle of a true hurricane! Real fast-growing thunderstorms produce heavy rain, hail, and powerful winds over 155 MPH! Hold on tight as you experience winds up to 74 miles per hour in this unusual WonderWorks attraction.

Space Discovery Zone

Astronaut Training Challenge

You don’t have to sign up for a billionaire space mission to feel the sensation of weightlessness in outer space! The two-person gyroscope spins and rotates in multiple random directions as it simulates the effects of outer space. Roll and tumble like an astronaut as you conquer gravity in this space motion challenge. 

Wonder Coaster

Who needs to hit the theme parks when you can design and ride your own virtual roller coaster here! Kids learn and experience virtual physics as they build their rides to turn 360 degrees in every direction. In addition, you can choose to explore an underwater adventure in a virtual submarine. 

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Pro Tip: This ride can get busy, so you want to get there early and knock it off your list first. Also, know riders must be at least 4’0” to ride alone or 3’6” to ride with an adult. 

photo credit: WonderWorks Orlando via Facebook

Far-Out Art Gallery Zone

WonderWorks is not just about science; it has culture too! Explore the unique Far-Out Art Gallery that includes illusion art and Dr. Seuss’s Unorthodox Taxidermy. The Far-Out Gallery is spread throughout the stairwells and hallways of WonderWorks. Guests discover concepts of perception and perspective, used in over 35 exhibits, paintings, and illusions. 

Fun Fact: As you travel the halls watch for hidden objects and eyes that will follow you. 

Light and Sound Zone

You’ll truly appreciate the gifts of your sight and sound as you venture into this WonderWorks Zone. Guest can jump on a giant piano and play music with their feet. Watch the awe-inspiring properties as the color and light catch your eyes, and different melodies awaken your senses. 

Recollections

No wallflowers invited! Dance to your heart’s content in front of a large screen and watch your shadow multiply into different patterns and colors. 

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Giant Piano

Compose music with your feet on this Giant Piano dubbed the “King of Instruments.”

Kids can play old standards like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Hush Little Baby,” or give in to their creative genius and compose an original tune. 

Imagination Lab Zone

If forensic science makes your heart pitter-patter, this interactive exhibit is for you! It will be hard to pull CSI fans away from this zone! This exhibit teaches fingerprint identification, 3D facial recognition, imaging, and facial reconstruction.

Dig It Sandbox

We have it on good authority that this display is the coolest! It is no ordinary sandbox but an interactive wonderland where guests can create their own landscapes, dig oceans, and build trenches and majestic mountains! This exhibit stimulates elements that react to what you are making with computer-generated technology.

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WonderBrite!

WonderBrite is a massive wall with hundreds of multicolored acrylic rods. With the artistic giant Brite light sticks, you can be your own version of Picasso or Jackson Pollack! Little ones can develop their fine motor and sensory skills as they watch their creations come to life. 

photo credit: WonderWorks Orlando via Facebook

Other Magical WonderWorks Attractions & Amenities

WonderWorks teaches children that science can be fun.  In addition to the museum attractions, WonderWorks has one of Orlando’s best-kept secrets and one of the top shows in town.

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The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show

This hilarious dinner show offers non-stop laughs, food, and audience participation. Come ready to engage in light-hearted banter and improv through science lessons during this magic comedy venue. Don’t miss the Outta Control Dinner Show, Orlando’s longest-running dinner show.

The Outta Control Dinner Show runs daily with shows at 6 p.m. Unfortunately, the show is not included in the regular admission price. Grab tickets here. WonderWorks recommends reservations, as the shows often sell out. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. show and 7:30 p.m. for the 8:00 p.m. show. The food service begins shortly after the doors open. 

Dinner* includes unlimited fresh hand-tossed salad, delicious cheese and pepperoni pizza, your choice of beer, wine, or soda, and a scrumptious WonderWorks dessert.

*Be sure to mention any food allergies to your server upon ordering. 

performers on stage at the Outta Control Dinner Show at Wonderworks in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo creditL The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show via Facebook

WonderWorks Eatery

WonderWorks does not allow outside food or beverages inside the museum, we recommend arriving right after breakfast, so little hunger pangs don’t disrupt your fun. 

For lunch, try the WonderWorks in-house pizzeria. In addition to the New York-style pizza made from scratch, the café offers chicken tenders, sliders, cheese curds, nachos, soft pretzels, and house fries. The café serves funnel cakes, churros, cupcakes, and mini-melts ice cream for dessert.

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Meanwhile, patrons over 21 can try an Island Oasis mixed alcoholic beverage, a wild berry daiquiri, or a strawberry-lemonade margarita. 

Due to COVID-19, WonderWorks is not taking cash transactions. Therefore, please expect longer wait times during peak season and rainy days. 

WonderWorks Emporium 

Don’t leave without checking out the WonderWorks gift shop, which offers a wide array of puzzles, interactive toys, and themed and educational merchandise.  

Fun Fact: Other WonderWorks locations beyond Orlando include Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Panama City Beach, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Syracuse, New York, and Branson, Missouri. 

WonderWorks Arcade

Next to the laser tag, this third-floor attraction provides even more fun and entertainment. The amusement venue includes video games, pinball machines, electro-mechanical games, claw crane games, and coin-operated billiard and air hockey tables. 

photo credit: Kim Pitts-Edwards via Facebook

Orlando Hotels and Lodgings

You'll want to lock in your accommodations before exhibit hopping and hooting it up at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. Check out our hotel specials and reserve one of our premier options at Orlando Hotels and Resorts

Whether you’re seeking a luxurious spa resort or a more family-oriented lodging, relax knowing you’re always getting our best deals online. 

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Check out our Orlando accommodations to find the perfect spot to kick up your feet at the end of the day. We have hotels near hotels Disney World® or resorts near Universal Orlando™. Search by area or type and find just what you’re looking for.

Orlando Area Attractions 

If you’re searching for other Orlando adventures, we have one and two-day park tickets to Universal Orlando Resort. You could also spend a day of aquatic fun at the Discovery Cove Orlando and SeaWorld.

If you’re craving more space and science activities, check out the Kennedy Space Center & Airboat Safari. These tickets include round-trip transportation, a guided space tour, and a 30-minute airboat safari ride.  

aerial view of Discovery Cove pool with palm trees in Orlando, Florida, USA

Discovery Cove

Experience the Wonder of WonderWorks

WonderWorks Orlando is bursting with innovation and family fun. Each WonderWorks exhibit grows little minds and delights children of all ages. So take a day off from theme parks to explore the enchantment of this impressive destination.

From tickets to hotels to vacation packages with other attractions. We offer one-stop solutions for your dream vacation. Book your WonderWorks tickets now for this thrilling experience. 

Tell Us About Your WonderWorks Experience! 

What was your favorite exhibit?

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Written By Erin

Erin Poche` is a Utah-based writer and editor for Tripster and contributing writer for BeyondType1. She also writes and edits for an indie publisher of fanta ...

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