While visiting the Magic Kingdom (link here!) was amazing for Heidi, perhaps the attraction in Florida which she was most excited about was the Crayola Experience. Actually, it was Heidi who wanted to go here because she had seen numerous videos on YouTube and once she saw a leaflet, she knew she wanted to go!!
Despite the colourful design of the building, it is difficult to find as it is around the back of the Florida Mall and you can’t see it from the roadside. However, head into the Florida Mall and you’ll see it whilst driving round the car park.
As you might imagine, the Crayola Experience is an attraction that is based around arts/crafts and so if your child is into those activities, you’re in luck! There is also a soft play area/climbing frame which is really good which will help the little ones burn off some energy too!
When you enter, you each get 2 coins so you can get a personalised crayon and piece of play-doh to mould and play with. Additional coins are 50c and the personalised crayon is a lovely keepsake which the little ones can actually use and enjoy!
The Experience is essentially a number of different activity tables dotted around where you can do various creative pieces of work. Some are based on computer imagery, such as designing an outfit for a fashion show (see my effort below!) and some are more “old fashioned” involving colouring, painting and those kinds of activities.
The favourites were the Drip Art (melted crayon dripping onto a spinning card) and the Melt and Mould where a crayon is melted and, you guessed it, moulded, into a shape such as a car, ring etc. Sadly, neither made it back across the Atlantic in one piece!!
We spent just over 2 hours there and a good tip is to plan your visit for when a Florida afternoon thunderstorm is arriving or when you can get a good discount on the tickets. We lucked into the late arrival discount (after 5pm) which made a significant saving. As Florida Mall is next door, you can do some shopping and go to their Food Court for a meal (quite a good range of shops and food outlets). Older children will be able to spend more time here for sure (Heidi was 3)
The main activities are on a single floor which makes it easy with a pushchair, but to get the most out of it, your child needs to be comfortable drawing/being creative. Any child younger than 3 isn’t going to get the most out of it (however, they are free!)
Given that our visit was over 2 months ago now and Heidi keeps on talking about our visit enthusiastically, I feel as though it was a success and I am sure on our next visit to Florida, she will get even more out of it!!!!
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