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I hate winter, so to combat the long stretch of cold ahead, I decided to book a fall Florida getaway with baby girl. We love visiting Orlando – both to escape the cold and to visit our Florida cousins. Every time we visit Orlando, we always find new things to do! On this recent trip, we decided to check out the Orlando Crayola Experience!
Orlando Crayola Experience
The Orlando Crayola Experience is located at the Florida Mall. Parking is free. Admission for guests ages 3 and up starts at $22.99 (per the Crayola website although at press time the site was discounting the tickets to $19.99 each).
We bought our tickets from Best of Orlando for $18 each (plus tax). We printed our passes at home and exchanged them for tickets upon entry. Each ticket holder received two tokens to be used at the Wrap It Up! and Modeling Madness exhibits.
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Baby girl and I, along with my cousin, her three kids and their grandma visited the Orlando Experience on a Sunday in November. I was pleasantly surprised to find it not too crowded. After checking in, we headed upstairs and straight to the Wrap It Up! exhibit. Here you choose a crayon and then on tablets, create your own label for that color. The machine prints your label and then you can take it over to the little machine that perfectly wraps your label around the crayon. Very cool!
Each label requires a token, (we had twelve tokens since we had six paying guests). You can also purchase more tokens in a little machine – two for a dollar. Each kid made three crayons and I’m pretty sure each label mentioned the word, “poo”. It would be cool to make a personalized crayon of each color and come home with a whole set. A fairly inexpensive souvenir!
After crayon labeling, we hit the other token-taking activity – Model Magic. If you have never used it, Model Magic is Crayola’s version of play-doh, although I find it more clay-like than the dough stuff. There are four vending machines that disperse little packets of Model Magic. One token gets you one little packet!
Once you retrieve your Model Magic from the machine, there are tables set up with rolling pins, cookie cutters and little dough wheels. Kids can roll out their dough and get creative! I love this type of open-ended play.
After spending all of our tokens, we headed into some of the other exhibits. Those included:
- Play area – there are two, one for kids 3 and up, and one for toddlers.
- Art Alive – where your iPad drawings become animated on a screen wall. I personally loved this attraction.
- You Design – you can design a fashionable dress or a race car and have your drawing come to life on the runway/racetrack. The girls really liked this activity.
- Scribble Square – here you can color on chalkboards or draw on dry erase cars. I think my cousin loved this area the most!
- Meltdown – here you create by dipping your paintbrush into what I thought was paint and paint on paper. The girls really liked this, although we all did not realize the medium we were actually working with! It wasn’t until we saw the Crayola lady putting whole crayons into the melting vats that we realized the paint was really melted wax! The paintings actually came out really cool because there was a neat texture to the pictures as the wax dried.
- Melt & Mold – this was the last area we checked out. It was a bit of a bummer that this experience had such a long wait. We got in line and figured it would go fast, but I don’t think all of the 16 stations were working, so the queue did not move as fast as I had hoped. But once we got our turn, the girls loved this attraction. Here you place your crayon in the machine, and it melts. The wax drips into the mold of your choice – car, ring, dragon or seahorse. The girls loved their finished products of seahorse shaped crayons!
There were a few exhibits we just ran out of time to try. We spent about three hours at the Orlando Crayola Experience. We did take a break for food, skipping the Crayola Café and opting to head into the mall and hit the food court for lunch. Our hands were stamped as we exited Crayola, so we were able to return after eating.
A visit to the Orlando Crayola Experience would be a great activity to have in the wings during a rainy Florida day, or when you want to beat the summer heat with an indoor activity. The four kids in our party –age 1 to 10, all really enjoyed the Orlando Crayola Experience. And I will admit, us grown-ups did too!
Have you been to the Orlando Crayola Experience? What is your favorite Orlando activity?
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