A new attraction is going to open in the next few days along International Drive.
As reported exactly one month ago, the new "Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Artist-Genius" exhibit will feature some of the greatest inventions of Leonardo da Vinci as well as faithful reproductions of some of his most famous paintings. This temporary exhibit will officially open on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and will remain in the same location at least through the end of the year.

Earlier last week, the Orlando Theme Park News Team was invited to preview this new attraction. During the visit, our amazing tour guide Dawn (who we sincerely thank again for the time she spent to give us in-depth information about this new addition, as well as the other two attractions present in the same building) showed us around, highlighting some of the many models and paintings present in the room.

Note that there is much more to see in the exhibit in addition to what you will see in this update. Be sure to set aside some time to check this out next time you visit the Central Florida area!

The exhibit can be found in the same building where CSI: The Experience is located:

"Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Artist-Genius" replaced "Our Body - The Universe Within":

A look inside:

The first thing that attracted our attention was the presence of three different copies of Leonardo's most famous and most replicated painting: the Mona Lisa. Each of these three copies show different painting techniques used to replicate this work of art, educating Guests in recognizing the real painting:

A very large painting representing The Last Supper can be seen next to the entrance:

Aside form the painting mentioned above, the first half of the museum is mostly dedicated to Leonardo's inventions. Here you are a few photos of some small, 3D replicas of his projects:

A bridge over a body of water sounds like something we could see anywhere in this day and age. Imagine that this was not yet widely used at the time Leonardo da Vinci was alive:

More of his inventions can be seen in the back of the exhibit:

Leonardo also studied ways to improve some of the tools used in wars back then. While this doesn't sound like a positive aspect of his work, it helped him to improve other projects for useful purposes:

The rest of the space is entirely dedicated to his drawings and paintings:

A look back before leaving:

As you have seen, the exhibit is definitely going to appeal to young and old alike. In contrast with some attractions that simply aim to entertain Guests, this small, Epcot-style museum will engage those who love "edutainment," that is, being entertained while learning something new.

As mentioned earlier in this post, this limited-time attraction will open to the public in just a few days. While the photos seen in this update show the actual layout and objects that Guests will see on opening day, a few enhancements are planned to make their way to the attraction in the coming weeks.

For example, iPads are scheduled to be installed near the models and paintings. The tablets will provide Guests an opportunity to learn even more about what they will see in front of them, adding more interactivity to the exhibit. By the way, Guests can freely touch all the models present in the attraction (just remember to be gentle, of course).

Additionally, an even more exciting addition is planned to be tested in the near future. Performers wearing replicas of dresses and costumes used during the Renaissance may periodically show up (usually during the weekends) and offer tours or just entertain Guests while they enjoy learning more about Leonardo da Vinci's life and his accomplishments. This sounds intriguing, doesn't it?

The current prices for this attraction are the following (as of April 2015):
ADULTS: $16.99

Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Feel free to check out their official web site to learn more about the exhibit and what it features.

Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius, so we are glad to see someone wanting to remember all the great things he thought of many years before they were even realized in real life. Most of the machines and instruments seen in the exhibit are actually more "primitive" versions of things that today we consider essential, such as bridges, airplanes, bikes, and more.

Why not stopping by if you have a couple of hours to spare? We are sure you will enjoy it.

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