By Heather Turk
Orlando became a lot more colorful when Crayola Experience opened its second location nationwide at The Florida Mall.
Featuring 25 hands-on, interactive attractions spread out over 70,000 square feet, Crayola Experience invites kids and adults alike to embark on a vibrant adventure where color, chemistry and digital technology combine to create a one-of-a-kind family destination. One of the most popular attractions is the Crayon Factory where Scarlet and Turk (Turquoise), Crayola Experience’s animated crayon friends, show guests how crayons are made in a live theater show. Joined by Crayola Experience’s resident Crayonologist, audiences learn what makes Crayola crayons so special and discover some little-known facts about the colorful tools.
Guests can actually become one of Crayola’s recognizable crayon pals at the Cool Moves attraction. Tip, Crayola’s crayon character, mirrors their every move as they magically transform into a colorful Crayola crayon on a giant screen. If you’d rather create your own unique Crayola crayon instead of becoming one, visitors can print out authentic, personalized Crayola crayon labels at Wrap It Up!
At Art Alive! guests can create digital works of art and then project them onto a wall so they can touch their drawings and bring them to life. Visitors can also sculpt their own colorful creations at Modeling Madness using Crayola Model Magic or press their hand-drawn designs through a 6- or 12-piece puzzle maker at Puzzle It!
While there’s no doubt crayons take center stage at Crayola Experience, visitors can steal the spotlight at the Be a Star photo booth where they can appear in their own coloring page alongside Crayola characters. Guests can then take their image to the next level by having it printed on a T-shirt, canvas or puzzle at the Crayola Store, which offers the largest selection of Crayola products under one roof. Fans can even personalize their own two-pound crayon at the store or create their own custom crayon assortment, choosing from 99 of Crayola’s most popular colors at the “Pick Your Pack” wall.
Crayola Experience, located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be sure to visit the Melt & Mold attraction where guests can load their favorite crayon into a machine to make a fun keepsake out of crayon wax! For more information, including up-to-date pricing, visit crayolaexperience.com.