Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll know that a brand-new interactive attraction has opened on London’s Southbank. SHREK’S ADVENTURE isn’t like anything else you’ve seen before – Merlin Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation have joined formidable forces, combining character acting, lavish sets, and amazing 4-D technology to give visitors a totally unique, immersive experience.
I don’t want to say too much, as half the fun is the not really knowing what to expect, but what I can say that it plucks everyone’s favourite green ogre from Far Far Away, and brings him to life in a way that’s never been seen before. It’s utterly captivating for children, and packed full of fun, clever humour for the grown ups. And the 4-D bus ride? Whoa! I’m grinning just thinking about it.
However, as with many popular attractions, there is a price to pay – and I’m not talking about the actual price you pay. Before the real adventure begins, you’ll need to join the queue, and it can be a looooong queue. I’m not telling you that to put you off, as I truly found Shrek’s Adventure worth the wait, but I think it’s essential for parents with younger children to understand there will be a wait, and to be prepared for it with diversionary snacks, and/or some toys.
I’d definitely suggest making contact with the box office before you book tickets to find out the quieter times to visit, and if I could make a suggestion to Merlin it would be to provide more entertainment for the people in the queue, to make the time pass more quickly. Finally, Mums and Dads be forewarned – you pass loos on the way in, but not on the way out.
Now, back to the good stuff: there are a couple of fun posed photo opportunities, so you can opt to buy a nice family memento from your day. Unfortunately the system had crashed on the day we were there *sad face* but the staff very kindly offered to take us back through so we could take our own pics. They also made sure that the main man – or should that be the main ogre – came over and gave us some good one-one-one camera time.
There are also some fun photo opps on the way out with recognisable scenes from other Dreamworks classics such as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon.
All in all, a Shrektacular family day out!
• we attended as guests of Shrek’s Adventure: www.shreksadventure.com