Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium Celebrates its 20th Anniversary AND the Witching Season with “Oddtoberfest”

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Sept. 21, 2012) – It’s usually a tough question for any individual or company to answer – how does one properly celebrate an anniversary?  Especially one that celebrates 20 years of continual fun, excitement and weirdness!

Ripley’s invites the public to celebrate 20 years of weird with an afternoon of free events on Saturday, October 6


For Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Orlando Odditorium was an easy choice; unleash the world-famous and legendary Lizardman and offer up a day full of free, family-friendly activities, food and oddities!

It all takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6 and the public is invited to join in the fun. It’s the world’s first-ever  Oddtoberfest and it’s an anniversary extravaganza that will have people talking for years.

“We’ve been offering up the weird, the bizarre and the unusual for two decades, and Oddtoberfest will be a fitting celebration of our long history here on International Drive,” said Joe Kasinski, Director of Sales and Marketing for Ripley’s Orlando.

Pre-show events run from Noon to 2 pm, and the main program will run from 2 to 5 pm.

 Oddtoberfest highlights include:

  • Erik “The Lizardman” Sprague, who has transformed himself into a half-man/half-lizard will perform his one-of-a-kind talents and will be available to meet his fans and sign copies of the new Ripley’s book, Download the Weird during the afternoon.  
  • “Trick Ropin’ Trevor” Deher will display his world-class trick roping talents.
  • The Belly Dancing Amora Fire Eater will be wowing the crowds.
  • Radio Disney’s Road Crew will provide music, fun and games.
  • Weird carnival games
  • Food trucks offering a wide selection of delicacies
  • Live music on the Oddtoberfest stage.

The event will be held in the parking lot rain or shine and is FREE to the public. Guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets; ticket specials will be available online and paid guests will have in-and-out privileges all day.

Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, located at 8201 International Drive, is open from 9 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year. For more information, please visit       


Joe Kasinski
Director of Sales & Marketing
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Office – 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949

 About Ripley Entertainment Inc.                                                                      
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 80-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.


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