For most folks reading this article on the new Skyscraper Ferris Wheel reportedly coming to I-Drive in Orlando, FL, the excitement would brew from the idea of one of the world's largest Ferris wheels being right smack dab in the middle of the greatest theme park town in the world – Orlando. Hey, no doubt that is exciting news, I am hopeful it comes to fruition. But it is one simple little mention in the article of an attraction that will be surrounding the giant Ferris Wheel that I am more excited about – Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum!
I had the pleasure of visiting the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in Hot Springs, AK and was blown away by the quality of the figures and the overall entertainment value. Now, Josephine was the great granddaughter of Madame Tussaud, so it was not an official "Madame Tussaud Wax Museum." As of this writing, there are only 4 in America – Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, and Washington D.C. You can see why this would be such an epic addition to Orlando!
To me, a wax museum is a sort of cross between a haunted attraction and a dark ride. There is always something incredibly spooky about wax figures and usually there is a horror section that is downright terrifying (my wife would not go through the horror hall at the Josephine Tussaud Museum and thankfully there was a "chicken's route" to bypass it). Some of the scenes depicted allow the mind to connect the historicity of the depiction with the awe of the wax figures themselves. For example, I was moved by the Lord's Supper exhibit at Josephine Tussaud's and must have stood there 10 minutes, reflecting on the meaning of the supper while looking over each disciple. And, like it or not, where biblical scenes are put into wax form, it always has a creepy feel to it (don't believe me? If you had the chance to visit the now defunct "Christus Gardens" in Gatlinburg, TN, you will remember looking behind you about 10 times to make sure no one was there).
So, let's hear it for the Skyscraper Ferris Wheel! I would love to ride it. I just would love to visit that wax museum even more!
Oh! I forgot one more thing! The location for the Ferris Wheel, Wax Museum, and other attractions is the legendary "Mercado" on I-Drive. Legendary because never has one location in the heart of the tourist capital of the world seen more businesses go under. Of course, the most famous and beloved for Rex and the Beast is the infamous Nights of Terror haunted attraction!