Titanic The Experience: A Review of the Orlando Attraction
Don’t mistake it’s placement on International Drive as yet another tourist trap attraction. Titanic the Experience* just may surprise you. That’s the discovery I had this past weekend as I explored this fascinating exhibit nestled between a Chinese buffet and Indian Restaurant.
Your experience begins with a tour from a “passenger” aboard the Titanic. At first I was a bit skeptical at this approach. I mean, I want to explore the artifacts at my own pace. But after five minutes, I was convinced that this was the best way to explore the Titanic.
The guides tell the story of the ill-fated ship from the first-person perspective, layering on a narrative to the famed disaster that tells it’s well-known story in a fresh and unique way. Each time you go, you’ll have a new guide, and subsequently, hear a new story.
And don’t worry, at the conclusion of the tour, you can return and explore the museum pieces you missed at your own pace.
Your journey into the Titanic begins with the story of the ship’s construction, where you can stand alongside a recreation of one of it’s massive propellers. As you proceed through each of the exhibit halls, the narrative continues to unfold.
You’ll pass by the radio room, where wireless operators called for help, only to have their requests fall on deaf ears… a result of the operator’s rudeness towards other ships earlier in the day on that fateful night.
You’ll also walk through the bridge, where the crew made the call to steer away from the iceberg…
… the communication mechanism to the engine room recovered and on display…
Of course, you’ll pass by a recreation of the Titanic’s Grand Staircase, every detail recreated…
But personally, one of the more fascinating exhibit pieces was a bottle of champagne recovered from the debris field of the Titanic wreck (where actually all the pieces are culled from – nobody can disturb the actual wreckage). The cork still in place, the bottle remains full to this day, 100 years later. Amazing.
We all know how cold it was the evening of the sinking. The temperature was well-documented. But just how cold was it? The Titanic Experience included the opportunity to touch a piece of ice that was the same temperature of the air that night. I couldn’t touch it for more than ten seconds, nor could the rest of our group. And to think, the water temperature was even colder than that – below freezing at 28 degrees Fahrenheit! The pain and suffering that the surviving passengers felt as they waiting to be rescues was immediately real.
The grand finale features a two-ton piece of the hull recovered from the debris field. It’s one of the largest pieces on display anywhere.
The Titanic tragedy was just that. A horrible chain of events where after hearing the story, you wonder, if just one person had done something differently, could the whole event been avoided? Tastefully done, authentic and fascinating, the Titanic Experience delivered on it’s promise.
I remember joking when I saw Titanic in the move theaters that “I already knew how the film was going to end”, and yes there’s little here that is “new” material. Yet despite it’s widespread familiarity, Titanic the Experience tells the story in a way I’d never seen before.
Worth the trip to I-Drive.
I’ll see you out there…!
*I received two complimentary tickets in exchange for coverage. All opinions remain my own.