Most of you probably already know that we love to have fun while on vacation. One way we do this is to try and take some memorable photos. Most of the theme parks will herd you towards a gift shop as an exit to an attraction and a lot of times this is where we have the most fun.
International Drive in Orlando is home to tons of fun things. One of the places that we have visited before was I360, the new home to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the Orlando Eye. The first time we visited we made sure to check it all out. This past trip included only enough time for a stop at the Eye. On our way back to our vehicle I spotted The Sugar Factory and knew I had to go in.
Back in May during our Star Wars Weekend Trip, we visited the I-Live 360 complex that houses Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, The Orlando Eye and the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium. We shared our experiences at the wax museum here and on the Eye here. Now it’s finally time for us to share our experience at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium.
The I-Live 360 complex is located on International Drive in Orlando. The 3 main attractions listed above are available to visit individually or as many as you’d like depending on the type of ticket that you purchase. We purchased all 3 because we wanted to experience each one. This post is going to be about the experience at the Sea Life Aquarium.
Our experience began with entering the aquarium and taking 3 different pictures. We were not shown the pictures before proceeding into the aquarium. We then meandered through the different tanks and taking in all the fish. We were a little surprised with the array of fish, but not in a good way. For a little background, we have visited many aquariums and Dave is a big fish fan. He has had many fish tanks over his lifetime both freshwater and saltwater. The selection of fish we found to be rather stingy (if that is even the right word!) Most of the fish we saw was not really worth paying to see. The local fish store near our house has about the same selection. We were more than disappointed. Not only that, but our camera batteries were basically dead so we were not able to get many pictures.
Here are some of the things we did get to take pictures of-
At the exit of the aquarium we were greated by some friendly sales people that had a book put together with the pictures we had taken at the entrance of the aquarium. We were given a few different options to purchase the pictures and we decided to because we wanted the pictures as a way to remember our trip. The very first photo in this post was one of them and the rest are posted below.
Overall we had a fun time at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium. It at times felt a little bit less than what we were expecting but we made do anyways. For the price we didn’t think it was any better than our local aquarium, The Boston Aquarium. We have also visited the aquarium in Tampa and found that their selection was far more vast and unique.
One thing we decided that we had to check out while in Florida was The Orlando Eye. When we were on our Star Wars Weekend/Disney trip back in May we decided to venture out of the parks because they were just so over crowded with people. We ended up driving our rental car to International Drive to check out the new I-Live 360 experience. The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium make up the I-Live 360 establishment. We were lucky enough to have time to check out all 3 and we previously posted our experience at Madame Tussaud’s here.
Our experience was really great! Laura is quite afraid of heights so she was a little hesitant as we were boarding but in the end she did just fine. To explain a little bit, this isn’t really your typical ferris wheel. This is a far better experience than riding one at a carnival. At carnivals you are seated in an open chair that takes you around where as this one differs because you are placed in an enclosed air conditioned capsule. There is also a small bench to sit down on and a pole to hold onto.
As the wheel begins to move the pace is really slow and gentle. The capsule does not sway and it doesn’t even feel like you are moving. Laura found this extremely helpful and made her feel far more comfortable than she would have been on a regular ferris wheel.
Here are some pictures we were able to take during our ride-
If you look really closely at the one above you can see Universal Studios!
The last 3 pictures above show more of the actual capsules.
And we can’t forget about Dave checking out the scenery!
There was only one thing that we found we really didn’t enjoy about The Orlando Eye. As you enter to begin boarding you are asked to take some pictures so we obliged and took them. Once we were done with our ride and exiting The Eye area there were employees there waiting to sell us on a book full of facts about Orlando and our pictures. We ended up buying them because we liked the pictures but we just felt that there was a pushiness about the whole picture experience.
Here are those pictures-
Overall we had a really pleasant ride on The Orlando Eye. It seems as though it’s one of those things that once you’ve done it you never really have to do it again. We also heard on the news that there have been problems with it and it’s been temporarily shut down a few times. We don’t really know any of the details but we are sure glad that we had no problems when we visited.
Do you think this would be something you would enjoy doing? Let us know in the comments!
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During our Star Wars Weekend 2015 vacation we took a few hours away from Disney and ventured down to International Drive to check out the new I-Drive 360 complex that houses Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, The Orlando Eye and Sea Life, Orlando Aquarium.
During our last visit to Orlando the I-Drive 360 complex was still under construction so we didn’t have the opportunity to visit. On this trip, the heat was stifling and according to our rental car had reached a whopping 99 degrees! We figured it was time to cool off and get out of the sun so we made our way back to our rental car and opted for an indoor experience which is how we ended up at Madame Tussaud’s.
First off we should mention that we before this visit we had never been to a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum so we were completely new to this experience. There are at least 2 other locations that we are aware of, Las Vegas and London. We were really excited to not only get out of the extreme heat but have the opportunity to take pictures with some of our favorite celebrities, icons and characters!
We were quite surprised with how many wax figures adorned the museum. It seemed as if every corner housed more and more well known figures. Having said that we were a little disappointed with the layout and found it a little difficult while taking some of the pictures. Not so much because of where they were located but because of the other guests. We found that some people just stood or sat next to the figures without a care in the world. Most of these people weren’t even taking pictures but rather just standing there taking up space lost in a galaxy far far away!! I can’t lie either, it made both of us feel a little like Grumpy Cat!
Overall the experience was a lot of fun. We got to take some really cool pictures with some of the world’s most known celebrities and icons making for some really memorable pictures.
Have you ever visited a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum? Let us know in the comments below!