Where is the only place in Florida where you can feel the chill of cold Atlantic air? At Titanic The Experience located on International Drive in Orlando. Not only do you get to relive how the night air felt, but you get to touch (and possibly stick to) an actual iceberg! For those who have never experienced a Chicago winter, evidently that is really exciting.
All kidding aside, the exhibit was actually a lot of fun and the tickets were affordable for a Central Florida attraction. As you enter, you are made to feel like a passenger boarding the Titanic. There are newspaper articles and posters from the maiden voyage, as well as tickets and examples of clothing that would have been worn by the different classes of people. As you walk on to the ship through the “passageway,” you travel room-to-room as though you are roaming the vessel.
Some of the more memorable areas have been recreated in exquisite detail, like a First Class stateroom. Quick Stephanie fact: I had a relative that was a carpenter and worked on the woodwork in the First Class staterooms as well as the infamous Grand Staircase. He was given tickets for he and his family to ride on the maiden voyage, in steerage, and decided to turn it down. For me, looking at the woodwork always makes me wonder what work was done by my family member. Somehow, it makes the simple details slightly more meaningful.
Titanic The Experience has even recreated the Grand Staircase for viewing. It is noticeably missing one thing though; a certain Leonardo DiCaprio waiting on the landing. I even peeked behind corners, no Leo. That was perhaps the only downside of the exhibit.
After searching around corners for “Jack,” who clearly said to meet him at the clock (and is evidently running late), you continue your adventure and get a glimpse of the boiler rooms, the bridge, and the deck where the temperature is set to recreate the cold night air you would have experienced had you been on the actual ship. Brace yourself Floridians, you can see your breath! (Don’t worry, everyone makes it).
After exiting the space with an iceberg like chunk of ice in it, you are in the final area of the exhibit with various Titanic artifacts. As I was part of the Leo & Kate “Titanic” movie era, I am partial to the memorabilia that the exhibit has on display, including a signed script, Kate’s hair clip and note that was left in the safe, and Leo’s costume worn when he boarded the ship.
Overall, Titanic The Experience is a nice change from the theme park attractions in Central Florida. It’s entertaining, educational, and inexpensive. You can choose a guided tour with actors or a self-tour in which you may or may not be able to reenact scenes from the movies on your own (I really hope there weren’t cameras in that room). I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.
Still waiting for Jack,
10 thoughts on “Titanic The Experience; Orlando Travel Exhibition”
I went to the one in TN and it was awesome! I just moved to Orlando, so maybe I will have to try this one out. I wonder if it’s much different. Cool experience.
Very cool! Interesting to hear a relative of yours had worked on it! My boyfriend´s great grandfather had worked on it as well!! 🙂
This is really great! I was born and raised in Southampton where the Titanic sailed so it’s always been a big deal in my hometown. I guess is something is under your nose every day, you tend to take it a little for granted but that exhibit looks really interesting.
What an amazing exhibit, looks like it was well set out. I think the Titanic story is endless, there is a fascination about this huge ship, the items that have been recovered as well, it is great that some of them went into museums.
I know that with the anniversary this year (and someone actually rebuilding the ship), it is really popular right now! It is one of those things that will always be infamous, but is unfortunately fun to look at the memorabilia that is left.
Wow, I had no idea this even existed! I have to admit, I was a little Titanic-obsessed in middle school. As in, I saw-it-three-times-in-the-theater-and-can-quote-the-entire-script obsessed. I’d love to check out this exhibit some day!
LOL! Anytime you need someone to act it out with you, I’m there. I loved me some Leo!
Very cool. I went to the Titanic experience when it was still at the Mercado and at that point the movie stuff wasn’t there that I can remember. I really enjoyed the exhibit. I also went to a traveling exhibit in St Petersburg in 1998 which was great. Were you given a passenger and was able to find out what happened to them at the end of the exhibit?
I was! I made it, thankfully! That was kind of a fun aspect of it as well.
Caught the exhibition in Singapore too. I agree that it was amazing 🙂