Madame Tussauds Orlando Featuring Wax Figure of Walt Disney!

Madame Tussaud's Orlando

A few days before it officially opens to the public, the folks at I-Drive 360 opened the doors to Madame Tussauds Orlando for members of the press.   Located in the same complex that features the Orlando Eye and Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussauds will be one of three attractions in the area owned by parent company Merlin Entertainment.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoSince this is their only Florida location, Madame Tussauds Orlando features a few nods to the state’s history such as this figure of Ponce de Leon.

Shaq Madame Tussauds OrlandoShaquille O’Neill is represented wearing his Orlando Magic jersey, which he hasn’t worn in many years. As a Floridian, he was also wearing a Miami Heat jersey for a few years.

Tiger Woods Madame Tussauds Orlando

Tiger Woods, another hometown hero, is featured perfecting his golf swing.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoAs featured on a previous article here at Theme Park University, here is one of five new Jimmy Fallon figures featured at Madame Tussauds Orlando. Each one is unique and were all unveiled simultaneously.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Each figure is incredibly lifelike and the details are stunning, but what really struck me was the amount of interactivity throughout the attraction.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoFor example, right next to Thomas Edison is a wire game you could find at carnivals, but this one is themed to light bulbs.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoJust like the classic game, the idea is to keep the metal instrument steady without touching the metal from one end to the other.  It’s a small touch, but nearly every single figure has some sort of interactivity.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoAnother example is this up-charge option where guests can create their own wax hand and color it however they want.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

One wax hand costs $15, but you can buy more and it becomes cheaper per hand. A very cool experience if you’ve never done it before.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoIf there isn’t some sort of interactive game or quiz, many photo opportunities feature a chance to wear a costume or hold a prop themed to that celebrity or character.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoIn the selfie generation, there are dozens of opportunities throughout Madame Tussauds Orlando.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoMark my words: this will be the premier attraction of I-Drive 360, if not all of International Drive. It will easily sell more tickets than Sea Life Aquarium of the Orlando Eye.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds OrlandoConsidering I attended a media event with a bunch of fellow theme park nerds, what everyone was buzzing about was not Taylor Swift…

Madame Tussauds OrlandoOr Sofia Vergara….Sofia Vergara Madame Tussauds OrlandoOr even Johnny Depp…

Madame Tussauds Johnny DeppWhat we all freaked out over was this wax figure of Walt Disney.

Madame Tussauds OrlandoI have seen wax figures of Walt before, but this seems to capture his likeness and his spirit like nothing else I have ever seen.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Surrounding Walt’s figure was an animator’s work bench.  Madame Tussauds OrlandoTo his left is a bookshelf filled with books that inspired many of Disney’s films.  However, it was the attention to detail on Walt that I loved.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

They recreated his wedding band, this one on his right hand is an Irish “Claddagh” ring.

He bought it while on a trip to Ireland with his wife, Lillian who also had a matching one.

Walt Disney Madame Tussauds OrlandoOn his left hand was his original wedding ring.

Madame Tussauds Orlando Walt Disney

If the opportunity to take a photo like this doesn’t make you want to visit Madame Tussauds Orlando, I don’t know what will.

Walt Disney Madame Tussauds Orlando

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