Review: Shrek's Adventure! London

By 7/10/2016 , , ,

I'm 23, I am a mum and on paper I'm definitely supposed to be classed as an adult... and I have to confess- I absolutely love Shrek.


Really really.

With that confession out there- phew, off my chest- I am sure you can understand how excited I was when the lovely people over at Merlin Entertainments offered me, Jack and Isla the chance to head down to London to experience the attraction for ourselves!

Before I get into the tour itself, I have to commend that staff that man the doors and ticket office. Our first train was cancelled. Now thankfully we had planned for this and with another train we still should have arrived with a good 30 minutes to spare for a cheeky sausage and egg muffin.,, But then we found out all the trains on the exact underground line we needed were being cancelled or delayed due to lack of drivers!

Being stuck underground- sweaty, bored, and annoyed, there was of course no phone signal or wifi. We couldn't call to confirm we'd still be able to get in despite missing our booked time slot. We arrived around 20 minutes late and scampered up to the desk sheepishly, praying we'd be allowed in.

The staff were so polite and understanding and reassured us that we'd get to go in- they allow for this. Now as a parent I know- and you may well know if you have children or dogs or husbands who take extra long to do up their shoes (sorry Jack) that booking in a timed slot for something that needs travelling to is risky. Rest assured that with this type of attraction, at worst they said you would have to wait for a different slot and maybe queue if it is busier.

Once inside, you are immersed in the story straight away. Donkey and Fiona have invited you on a bus ride to Far Far Away! After travelling through the departures section, and having a proper pep talk from the hostess you're whisked in to meet Princess Fiona herself who, with a little karaoke help from the group, gets your magical bus ready and then it's all aboard!

Now obviously, this sort of 4D attraction will involve flashing lights, smells, smoke and water effects- we were apprehensive about how Isla would react as at times she can be quite delicate. The recommended audience is between 6-12 year olds.

She loved it.

I managed to get her to wear the glasses for 70% of the ride and with each splash and crash and burst of air she was giggling and bouncing. We were supposed to be frightened when the witches attempted to hijack our bus but she was waving manically at them, cackling along with them and clapping with glee as more water sprayed our faces.

After the bus ride, you are taken on a walk-through live action story where you are considered just as much a character as the actors and actresses. Think London Dungeons style but perfect for families and children!

There are witches, princesses, forests and mazes- and of course one very smelly toilet owned by the protagonist of our story- Shrek!

They did ask that no-one take photos during the story tour itself, so you'll have to believe me when I say how much effort they put into the costumes and sets! It also means no spoilers- if you want to see it you'll have to head down there yourselves!

At the end of your tour, there is a huge section for you to see other featured Dreamworks characters and take your photos with all your favourites.

 Having a go at some Kung-Fu in the Jade Palace!

Isla stealing Po's noodles! (Kung Fu Panda)

Of course, to sum up- the gift shop. I never knew their was so much amazing merchandise! I've got a few photos to wet your appetites if you or your children are as big a fan as me.

I'll say again that I cannot praise all of the staff in this attraction enough. There are so many little touches that make it the perfect family activity for children of all ages (if they're as brave as my little Isla was!). There is a buggy park where they'll happily store your pram for you free of charge, spotless toilets, and chances for each and every person in the group to get involved and interact with the story.

You should definitely try it out. I'm sure you'll have a Shrek-cellent day!

Disclaimer: We received two tickets for the attraction in exchange for this honest review. All of the photos are my own, and all words and opinions are my own.

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