Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Titanic the Experience - Orlando, FL


Recently I haven't had as much time to blog or travel as I would like so when someone told me that they had recently visited the Titanic experience on International drive and thought it was wonderful I figured I had to go.

Before you start the exhibit you receive a boarding pass with the name of a person that was aboard the ship.  At the end you get to see if your person was saved or died at sea. (PS I lived but my husband didnt make it)

The exhibit was redesigned in January 2012 by the RMS Titanic inc.  They have guided tours and prerecorded tours available.  I suggest the guided tour as the guides are in character as one of the individuals who were upon the ship that fateful day.

Upon entering you become a passenger and travel back in time to 100 years ago, where authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume allow you to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds, and emotions aboard the ship that night. The tour includes full scale room re-creations where you visit Titanic's Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, Captain's Bridge and Promenade Deck and the infamous glacier that caused the wreck.

the middle - steering - propeller for the ship the other 2 are twice as big

only 3 of the 4 steam pipes are real - the 4th is fake and is a storage closet

firt class accomodations - everything was Tiffany glass and first rate

the captains wheel- and the conditions that were out that night -no moon = really dark
the glacier represents the size that the crew saw above the water - however it is 4 times larger underneath - it is also 28 degrees and very chilly to the touch

You can view more than 400 unique pieces of memorabilia and 100 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic- some of which have recently completed conservation and are on display for the  very first time. Some of the pieces include a portion of the Ship's hull, the Captain's wheel and personal belongings from Titanic's passengers and crew.

Trained actors in period costume portray famous Titanic notables, sharing stories of her passengers and crew during an hour-long guided journey. Upon the end of the exhibit there is an extensive Underwater Room, displaying an 8-foot replica of Titanic as she appears on the bottom of the Atlantic today, including the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered a 3 ton portion of the ship's hull.

Between 1987 and 2004 the RMS Titanic Inc has recovered over 5,500 artifacts. 

We received the Florida resident special and our adventure for the day came to a little less than $40 - you can check online for coupons -

I was completely impressed with the exhibit.  I wasn't sure what to expect and I learned so much and it was so interesting to see the items made then and how they survived the wreck, and the ocean floor for so long.  It is a truly heart-wrenching story to find out all of the errors that occurred that prevented those poor people from being rescued that night.  Thank goodness the issues that arose have been since changed so that it won't happen again.  For instance freighters and passenger shipped used different types of distress signals so no one knew they had an issue even though 2 ships were less than 2 miles away and could have easily made it to help.  Or that flares used to be silver and white and the freight ships thought they were fireworks and not flares for help. 

If you have ever watched the movie or are interested in the Titanic I would suggest visiting the exhibit.  The tour takes about an hour and then you are allowed to go back the beginning and take your time going back through.

I didn't want to take tooo many pictures of the exhibit as I wanted to leave something to the imagination and let you explore the place for yourself. 

Love pictures - you can have your picture as the King or Queen of the world with the green screen of the ocean and bow as well as on the grand staircase.

Want to do something more? They also have dinner experiences where you can have either a 3 or 4 course meal and celebrate the way the passengers would have on the Titanic. 

Check it out today -