Things to Do in Florida {Series} – Madame Tussauds

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During our recent stay at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, we were provided with tickets to I-Drive 360.  As many times as we’d been to International Drive, I never knew that this little gem existed! It made me want to explore our great state more and provide a list of things to do in Florida.  I’m continuing our series with Madame Tussauds in Orlando, FL.

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I’m going to be totally honest… I was not excited about going to Madame Tussauds.  I’m not sure what I imagined would be inside, but I just didn’t think it would be fun.  When we realized that our I-Drive 360 ticket included Madame Tussauds and we had some time to kill, we decided to give it a shot.  Not even a few steps in the door, I knew that I was very wrong.

Believe it or not, it’s not just a room with wax figures.  There are things to learn and so much history.  In fact, 200+ years of extraordinary history. It’s no wonder millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity.

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I was surprised to see my girls jump in and want to take pictures with the figures.  It became a game… could they figure out who it was, how they were famous and could they pose like them?  They were having way more fun than I ever imagined they would.  And me?  Well, I was having fun taking pictures of them all.  I mean, how often are you that close to a celebrity or a historical figure?

My husband was having fun too. I caught him taking selfies with a bunch of the sports figures.  He even sent a few to his brother to see if he could fool him into believing he was standing next to the real person. And when he wasn’t making memories that will forever remain in the cloud, he was pointing out all of the fun characters to our 5 year old, like E.T, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. For her, it was like a theme park but without the lines!

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“BE YOURSELF ALWAYS, THERE’S NO ONE BETTER!”

SELENA GOMEZ

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Most of the time, I found myself getting really close to the wax figures.  No wait… that sounded like we became BFFs… I mean, like physically in their faces. I was pretty sure that at some point, one of them was going to yell “BOO” and scare me.  They looked THAT real.  When you realize that someone placed every single eyelash and every facial hair on each of these wax figures, it’s astonishing. That must be a fun job.

One of my favorites was Selena.  My husband and I realized that we had failed as parents when my girls asked, “Who’s Selena?”.  He wound up sharing a little about her while we were there and when we got home, I had to rent the movie and watch it with them.  I love that Madame Tussauds honored her the way that they did.   I still imagine how she would have changed music had she not been killed.

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NPH was another of my faves.  They really captured not just his looks, but his personality too.  I was almost positive he was real and someone was going to pop out with a camera and laugh at me when he came to life and I screamed like a little girl.   I couldn’t find one flaw or proof that he was in fact made of wax.  I’m still not convinced.

In each room, there were more and more figures… it was insane.  We would walk into the next room and think it was the end and find ourselves surrounded by a bunch of new wax figures.  I must have taken hundreds of pictures. So this is just a taste.  You’ll need to go and check them all out for yourself if you want to see more.

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I’m pretty sure the girls favorite part were the props and costumes that they provide so you can emerge yourself in the scene.  They loved finding the baskets, seeing what was inside and rushing over to see who could put them on the fastest.

It was incredible to see everything through their eyes.   Children are so innocent and have such a huge imagination.  They really make the most out of every experience.  Not only was it fun but I’m not sure we laughed that hard in a while.  Seeing them with those wigs on was hilarious.

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“YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL WHAT KIND OF A PERSON A MAN REALLY THINKS YOU ARE BY THE EARRINGS HE GIVES YOU.”

-AUDREY HEPBURN

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: A CALL FOR HEROES

And while there were so many great figures, I’m pretty excited about what’s to come.  The Justice League will be at Madame Tussauds Orlando on May 25th and they are holding a contest right now!  You could win a once-in-a-lifetime, VIP experience including a five-day, four-night trip for the winner and one guest to Orlando, plus two tickets to be among the first to help save the planet in Justice League: A Call For Heroes. Winners will also receive two tickets to MegaCon Orlando® and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. So finish reading this and then head over to the official website to see how you can enter to win!

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As much as I didn’t think it was possible, we really enjoyed Madame Tussauds and look forward to visiting again soon (maybe at the end of May)!  Stay tuned for part 4 of our “Things to do in Florida” series!

Have you ever been to Madame Tussauds? Comment below and share your experience!

Looking for something to do in Orlando, outside of the theme parks? Madame Tussauds is the perfect place!

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  1. It would be so fun to visit a Madame Tussauds.. so many photo ops! Looks like you guys had a blast!

  2. I didn’t know they had a Madame Tussaud’s in Florida. I’ve been to the one in Hollywood and it was awesome.

  3. I cannot believe how real each figure looks. Audrey Hepburn is my favorite. What a great family event!

  4. Ha! I’ve been to one of these museums in Time Square NY! I actually liked it. Thought it was a bit creepy at first but then I really got into it and started taking pics with them just like your daughter did. I like how they change the characters every now and then so it gives you reason to go back.

  5. I haven’t been in Madame Tussauds and I really want to see these wax figures. It’s really interesting. I hope I can swing by soon.

  6. Before I read the article, I scrolled through all the photos because they were just so vivid and interesting. Then to go back and find out that these are actually wax figures– that was just mind blowing. The realness/likeness that they are able to capture in these statutes is simply amazing and I love that you actually got more out of the experience that you originally thought you would.

  7. I love Florida and am actually going to Orlando for the first time ever in a few months. I will have to bookmark this post for future reference!

  8. Oh wow! This is a wonderful place that my family would really enjoy and love! I was amazed! Stunning photos!

  9. Looks fun! I think Florida has so much to offer if you bother even a little to look for it. Enjoy and write more!

  10. I always love visiting the Madame Tussauds in the UK but I’d love to visit the one in Florida – it looks fantastic!

  11. I’ve been. to Madamae Tussauds in Asia. It’s fun looking at wax figures, especially my favorite celebs.

  12. You can’t beat a trip to Madame Tussauds! I’ve only been to the one we have in London and it’s fun!

  13. These wax figures made me do a double take. They look like real people! I would love to visit a Madame Tussauds museum and have my photo taken beside wax figures of famous people!

  14. Such cute pictures of your kids mimicking some of the wax figures. We’ve never been to Madame Tussauds. Hopefully soon!

  15. I did not know that the museum would be so interactive. Now I understand why people love them so! It looks like your family had a lot of fun.

  16. I would really love to visit this place! It looked like you all had an amazing time there. The wax figures look soooo real!

  17. I visited a wax museum once when I was younger, and I had such a great time! Looks like a winning experience for your family, as well!

  18. The wax figures are so realistic! I am just amazed at the talent of the artists. I hope to be in a Madame Tussauds museum someday too.

  19. We live in Florida!! I will definitely be using this list since we haven’t been to a few of these places.

  20. I’ve always wanted to take the family to Madame Tussauds. Wax museums are such a cool place to visit and take some candid photos with some of the figures.

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  21. Madame Tussauds is always such a fun place to visit, we have a few in the UK. I always find it amazing just how realistic they are.

  22. You have some great pictures here! I’ve never been to this museum, although I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen one all over from New York, Amsterdam, etc. I suppose it’s because I was traveling with friends and I was younger in my 20’s. I think it would be fun either way but now that I’m married with a son, I would definitely check this out one day.

  23. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to this wax museum. Loving the pictures so much.

  24. I’ve never been to a Madame Tussauds but I’ve always wanted to go. It’s incredible how identical the figures look!

  25. We went to Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas and were blown away with how life like the figures were. I’d like to see all of the different characters at the one in Florida too. It’s such a fun way to pass a few hours, rubbing elbows with the celebs.

  26. i can’t believe ive never been to one of these places before. it looks like such a fun experience!

  27. Florida is not in my list yet but one day it will be! By the way congrats, your kids are posing cool!

  28. Those wax figures looked SO real! Lol I probably would have cried if I heard a child ask who Selena is. Really enjoyed this!

  29. Madam Tussaud’s anywhere in the world is great fun. As you rightly mentioned, there is much history to pick up on. We had visited the one in Amsterdam.

  30. The first time I was at Madame Tussauds was when I was in England in the 80s. I was amazed at the likenesses they had there. Incredible.

  31. What an amazing place! All the wax figures look so real. But don’t you think that at night they would creep out anybody. ? ?

  32. It is amazing that the Madame Tussauds across the world are all so different with the figures they share. I’ve only made it to the one in London but I would love to see more of them.

  33. These new faces at the wax museum are so much fun. It is great that they update those classic people with modern ones every so oft.en

  34. I am so fascinated by these places. I have never been to one but would love to view all the wax figures. I did see the Leonardo DiCaprio one in las vegas once – it was in a hotel – it was so cool!

  35. Lovely reading your nice bucket list of things to do in Florida. I would love to visit Madame Tussauds soon.

  36. Wax museums are fun and oddly scary and weird all at the same time. We would still go and enjoy the museum

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  37. I love Madame Tussauds! I’ve been to the one in London (many years ago) but I’ve haven’t been to this location. I’ll have to make a point to visit the next time I’m down in that area.

  38. We’ve never been to Madame Tussauds. And we’ve never been to Florida either, but visiting the sunshine state is on our bucket list and Madame Tussauds is one of the attractions that we would love to see.

  39. I used to live in Florida but never went there, I would love to do that now. It looks worth the trip for sure, I would love to see that in person.

  40. We love Madam Tussauds. We went to the one in England when Michael Jackson’s likeness was done. So realistic, it is scary!!

  41. Those are wax figures? Wow, they look real! It’s nice to take pictures with iconic figures in history and learn more personalities along the way. This is a fun place to visit with the family.

  42. This is really cool. I hadn’t heard of Madam Tussauds before, great to know you’re doing a series on fun things to do in Florida.

  43. I can’t get over how realistic they all look. I’ve never been to Madame Tussauds but I would love to, to see who all is there and to take photos. I’ve watched the movie Selena so many times.

  44. I love how much fun you all had with the statues! I visited the location in Washington DC and it was a blast! I can’t wait to see the huge on in NYC someday too.

  45. A wax museum tour like Madame Tussards would be wonderful! I think it would be fun to pose with the figures and have pictures taken. I’m glad to see you had fun there.

  46. I love visiting the theme parks in Orlando but there are so many more things to do there that people might not realize! I haven’t been to this location of Madame Tussaud’s but I love a good wax museum so I might have to visit next trip!

  47. I’ve never been in one of these exhibits before but we have one local. They seem interesting and even a little creepy how life like they look!

  48. I love Florida! wished i lived there lol. I would never be bored with all the entertainment you have. Great post!

  49. Madame Tussauds is so awesome! We went there once, and it was amazing. I can’t believe the level of detail.

  50. This looks like so much fun. My husband and I visited in Las Vegas but now our oldest daughter is now at an age where she would LOVE the experience. We’ll definitely look at planning a visit soon.

  51. Wow that’s looks like such a fun museum. We have taken the kids on numerous occasions to the Ripley’s wax museum. They love it there, I can only imagine at Madame Tussaud’s.

  52. How fun! We’ve been to the wax museum in Vegas and it was really fun to walk around and take pictures probably with the only chance I’ll get to with a celebrity…or well a celebrity statue that I’ll ever get.

  53. I can see that you had lots of fun at Madame Tussauds. It is indeed a place where years of history merge together in one place.I never knew that you are provided props and costumes too. This definitely adds to the fun.

  54. We have been to Orlando many times, but never have made it to Madame Tussauds. I think that I’ll have to add this to my itenary next time!

  55. Wow that must have been really fun! I would love to see that in person. I have never seen those in person.

  56. That looks awesome! I’ve always liked Madame Tussauds! It’s definitely a whole lot of fun when you go and visit.

  57. It sounds like you had a nice time there with the family. I went to a wax museum many years ago and it would have been nice if it was as nice as this one sounds.

  58. It is amazing how each Madame Tussauds takes on it’s own character, what a great range there seems to be at this one! Your right the NPH one does look so very real.

  59. We have a Madame Tussauds here in Las Vegas and the photo opportunities alone are worth the trip! I had anxiety because I thought for sure one of them would be real. They are spot on.

  60. My son had walked into the room while I was watching Selena (the movie – for about the 100th time), and it was on the part where her dad was teaching her Spanish. My son looked at me, all serious, and said “I don’t think that’s going to work out.” I just burst out laughing. I was reminded of that when you said your girls didn’t know who Selena was. She’s an icon!

  61. This is pretty awesome! Kids have always liked going to wax museums like Madam Tussauds. It’s so much fun for the whole family.

  62. I love that they mix up the old and the new and give you some iconic figures with people like NPH who is not the most famous actor. The figures were so well done and your girls made it so much fun.

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      I definitely wouldn’t say that NPH isn’t the most famous actor. He’s pretty iconic to me!

  63. Lived in Florida and never been! Vaguely remember a rinky, kinda scary one in St. Augustine back in the day. This one looks much better. Will be putting this on the list of places to take The Grands. BB2U

  64. I’ve always wanted to go to Madame Tussauds while in Orlando. Seems we’re always way too busy visiting all the parks. When we go back next fall, I’m adding this to our vacation itinerary.

  65. Looks like a fun place to visit for the whole family. From your photos looks like your family had a fun time and there were many laughs happening.

  66. I just love looking at wax figures. I went to the one in NYC and it was so neat. I’d do this one as well! It’s fun to pose with them.