Orlando’s Sidequests: Madame Tussauds, Orlando Eye, Sugar Factory

What instantly comes to mind when you think of Orlando? Beaches and theme parks! Disneyland, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Universal Studios – it’s a memory to make! However, for local Floridians or others who have already been there and done that or travelers who are on a tight budget here is a perfect sidequest to Orlando’s theme parks!

International Drive, by Sea World, hosts these three different attractions that can be bought at discount through their various websites. The wax museum Madame Tussauds, the light-up Ferris wheel the Orlando Eye, and the Orlando Sealife Aquarium. Being a Florida Resident will get you into three of I-Drive’s biggest attractions for only $35 on top of getting to skip the line while everyone else pays $40. You also have 30 days to actually experience the attractions either one or two at a time, or all together.

Alongside my girlfriend, we rendezvoused with our two visiting Kiwi friends who had won a trip from New Zealand to Texas and Florida through a radio contest. We saved a few bucks parking at the adjacent shopping plaza instead of the parking garage but being fashionably late we had to save the aquarium for another day. However, we came up with the spontaneous idea to supplement it with the Sugar Factory, a high end bar and diner connected to an ice cream/candy store.

For a small fee anyone can get a wax mold of their actual hand making whatever gesture comes to mind midway through Madame Tussaud’s exhibit – as long as its appropriate that is.

 

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It’s amazing how realistic these wax replicas are from facial hair to tattoos; and don’t worry posing with the statues for fun photographs and touching is expected and frequent!

 

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Yes, I touched her butt, I had to see how accurate it was.

 

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A fun fact about the Orlando Eye is once it starts it doesn’t stop and is continually revolving. A couple took advantage of this and waited until they got a quarter of the way going and then proceeded to have sex. The ride can’t be sped up so they got to finish the deed before getting arrested and everyone just had to watch the car accident happen.

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It was a gloomy day to say the least but our out-of-town friends only had today to go

 

I would highly recommend stopping at the Sugar Factory especially with there being no cover charge there is no excuse not to stop in this unique hybrid of a high-end bar and restaurant jointed with an ice cream and candy store.

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The bartender didn’t card our kiwis who are 20 albeit the legal age is 18 in New Zealand. Rookie move but we slipped him an extra $25.

 

 

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The giant goblet cost $30 the other cost $10, however these cocktails are unique, last, and are made with top shelf liquors plus no girl can resist taking a quick pic when the dry ice fogs. Tip: you can’t keep the goblet even though it’s plastic – I tried. 

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