On Sunday we excitedly jumped on a train and headed “Far Far Away” into London to preview London’s latest Tourist attraction Shreks Adventure,
The website gives little away so we weren’t really sure what to expect but as we like days out and adventures we thought it might be fun.
Ideally situated in the Riverside Building, County Hall, it was very easy to find. Just a short walk away from Waterloo station, it was well signposted and we had no problems finding it.
We decided to take the pushchair to see how accessible it was. There was a place to park them so no worries there. However, with children aged 2,4 and 6 it wasn’t all fun and games. I think they might have been a little young and personally would suggest not taking under 5s.
We were greeted by a giant Puss in Boots which the big girls loved but scared the life out of little Daisy. In fact to be honest she was petrified from that moment on, constantly telling us she was scared and asking to go home:
The whole production was very theoretical, the staff really get into their roles and were very friendly. They were really good with the girls making them feel very important and making them giggle too. Be prepared to get drawn in with singing, dancing and significant roles in the quest. Husband was picked out several times and provided us with some serious entertainment.
The actual 4D bus ride was brilliant according to Poppy (aged 6) and I must admit Husband and I thought so too. I can tell you that the loveable donkey is the driver which makes for some fun. Unfortunately Daisy and Rosie screamed the whole way through. They didn’t like It at all. They complained it was too fast, bumpy and scary. In particular they were both absolutely petrified of the witches!! I can’t give the whole story away but witches are a central part of it!
I think older children would love it and certainly looking around our group, all of the adults we were with did. Just not our young ones. In fact Daisy went on to have a nightmare that night, she’s never done that before!
It wasn’t all ogres and witches though, there were also a few Disney Princesses along the way. Although the smells you encounter are not very princess like, much more essence of swamp and ogres!
As with all of these attractions you are not allowed to take photos in the main area but official ones are taken for you. At the end you are presented with a lovely looking book filled with photos and key rings for £20.
I do think unless you have a Merlin Pass, on top of the price to get in, it makes it a very expensive 45 minutes. We didn’t buy ours but accepted one free photo graciously:
Shrek’s Adventure will open to the public from 1 July 2015, and Premium Merlin Annual Pass Premium holders will get the chance to win tickets through an email access code (more info on this coming soon). Standard Merlin Annual Pass members will then be able to visit the attraction for free from September 2015.
If you can’t wait that long though, I have been given tickets for one very lucky family of four to give away. To enter simply follow the simple Rafflecopter instructions below:
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The competition will end on Wednesday 8th July.