The Orlando Titanic Exhibit Revisited
Jerry Davidson


Titanic - Ship of Dreams
Orlando Exhibition Revisited
By Jerry Davidson

Vacation in Orlando can be a very exciting with all there is to do with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and all the other attractions in the general vicinity.  But lost to many is a very entertaining exhibition on the Titanic.  Visiting the site was a must on my trip itinerary.

On entering the building, you are met by many character actors that portray individuals tied to Titanic Lore in period costumes.  Once entering the exhibit itself, they whisk you into a reproduction of what Bruce Ismay's office might look like.  Most prominent was the decor and two original posters of the Oceanic and Majestic.  You are next treated to a video of "Ismay" greeting you and speaking about his ships and what you are about to see in the exhibit.  Each area is designed to give the viewer a feel of the human story about Titanic.  I will not cover every area of the exhibition but will give you a brief overview of what is displayed and my impressions.

There were three areas in the exhibit that I found very impressive.  The first was a recreation of what the dockside might look like and the ships entrance. (see picture).  Not only do you see the side of the ship and entrance, but they also have a showcase with 3rd Officer Herbert Pitman's wooden sea chest and many of his belongings including a uniform and his sword.

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The second area was a reproduction of Cargo hold #1 complete with crates and the red Renault.  (see picture)  The third area was designed to depict the Titanic's promenade deck the evening of the sinking.  The temperature of the room is right around 32 degrees and you can look over the rail and see nothing at all, just stars and what the night would look like from the deck.

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Another area that I appreciated a great deal was the complete recreation of the Palm Court  i.e. Verandah.  Complete with furnishings, plants and green lattice work on the walls, this was very impressive indeed.  It had show cases with items, (plates, silverware and cooking items) that were recovered from that 1st class area of the ship.

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We were next treated to a reproduction of the grand staircase and dome. Impressive as it was, it wasn't the correct shape and had some detailing errors like most exhibits.

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Very impressive non the less. From there you are taken to a 1st class stateroom with an actress representation of Madelyn Astor. (see picture) The stateroom looked true to the photographs that I have seen and had rich mahogany walls with gold leaf trim molding.  Much of what is seen in the exhibition is a recreation of what you might see had you been on the Titanic and from the perspective of a human being on the ship.

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As for many of the exhibitions artifacts,  the exhibition had a great amount of items from Titanic's sister ship unlike the Chicago exhibition.  The Olympic items were on loan from the collection of Dennis Cochrane.  There was actually a shortage of what would be artifacts from the Titanic herself.  The relics from Titanic were pretty much confined to plates, silverware, glasses,
and personal items such as letters, jewelry, money (bills and coins) and the like.  There was a very nice 5 foot model of the ship with all the usual detail errors.


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On each ticket to the exhibit there is a name printed on it.  When you reach the conclusion of the exhibit there is a large lighted wall of honor that you can look to find the name that s on your ticket.  This allows you to see if you made it off the ship or went to Davey Jone's locker.  One of the last artifacts that is presented is one of four remaining life jackets from the ship.  (see picture)

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