As a paramedic, nothing fascinates me more than the human body and how it works. I like to take an inside look to see how things are put together and how they work. When I got a call to come preview the newest attraction to move into the new I Drive 360 complex, well of course I had to go check it out! Skeletons: Animals Unveiled is set to open here in Orlando on April 25th and will feature over 400 skeletons (give or take) of some of the largest, rarest, and downright coolest animals that can be found around the world!
The day I arrived there were skeletons everywhere, from Asian elephants, giraffes, killer whales, and even my favorite the 3 toed sloth! I had a chance to talk to Jay Villemarette Sr. who is known for his popular Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City about this new museum and attraction and why he thought Orlando was the perfect spot!
Jay told me about the process of how they obtain the skeletons and then how they clean them into what you see in the attraction. First off, you should know that every skeleton that you see was a live animal at one point. The animals were all obtained after natural death at zoos and other parks around the world.
Once the animals arrive, a team of workers remove most of the meat and flesh from the skeleton. Then the real fun begins as most of the skeletons are picked clean by Flesh Eating beetles, also known as Dermestid Beetles. I was excited to hear that these beetles were going to make a home in an exhibit here at Skeletons! You will be able to see these amazing animals in action!
Here is what you need to know about the attraction:
Opening Date: April 25th, 2015.
Location: I Drive 360 near the base of the Orlando Eye
8441 International Drive Ste 250, Orlando FL 3289
Phone Number: 407-203-6999
Price: $19.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids 3-12
Time to see attraction: 60-90 minutes but it is what you make of it!
I am excited to see how this space transforms into another great educational attraction that is great for the entire family! We will be back for the opening and will bring you more pictures from the finished attraction! If you want more information about Skeletons: Animals Unveiled, check out their website here! I will also bring you an exclusive interview with the CEO about the exhibit on our next podcast!
So, what do you think of the latest attraction to go to Orlando? Will you visit? Why? Comment below and let me know!