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The interactive Shrek’s Adventure is based inside London’s County Hall, right next door to The London Dungeon. Shrek is one of the most popular films in our house and we couldn’t wait to see what treats were in store for us!
We arrived early for our slot and were greeted by an absolutely massive Princess Fiona. We joined the queue and waited as we were led through photographers and a queuing area. The experience is advertised as being suitable for children aged 6-12 and I have to admit that 3 year old Hux got a bit angsty at how long we waited – it was about an hour until we reached the first interactive experience. But it was a very warm day so he was a bit hot and bothered and when we go again (at half term!) I’d definitely visit in the morning when he’s generally a bit more amenable ;)
As soon as we reached the first main attraction all was forgotten – and I was asked to put my phone away so no more behind-the-scenes snaps.
We boarded a bus driven by donkey then ‘flew’ out of London to a holiday in Far Far Away. The bus was actually a moving 4d simulator and wrap-around cinema, the likes of which I’ve never seen before in the UK. It was brilliant for us because as Hux is quite small I often find he doesn’t meet the height requirements of a lot of attractions we visit – he just reached the 0.9m for this ride and was visibly delighted to be with the big kids.
The bus was a really impressive ride that even cynical old me loved to bits. This was the children’s first ever 4d cinema/simulator experience – Elfie was especially amazed by the water splashing at us as we dove through the river Thames – and it really did feel like we swooped up in the air out of England before crash landing through the woods in Far Far Away.
We were then taken through a variety of rooms and experiences as we met various characters and were chased by witches – we cast spells, sang songs and danced through 10 interactive shows. It was a totally immersive experience that we genuinely all loved.
By the end of the experience we felt like we’d been on a really exciting adventure and there were smiles all round. Elfie’s still talking about it, asking questions about the story and wanting to watch the movies again.
You’re given the option at the end to buy a personalised book of your experience for £25; I usually poo-poo these extras as a way for the vendor to make an extra bit of cash but I’m glad I splashed out this time. Not only do the books contain photos of the day (which are always pretty awkward and hilarious, let’s be honest) but there’s a lovely story running through it. The photos of the children woven into the story of the book has made it a pleasure to read twice a day, which is about how often Elfie and Hux ask to read it.
Shrek’s Adventure have kindly provided a family ticket to give away to a reader of More Than Toast. All you have to do is comment with the name of your favourite Shrek character. Good luck!
Terms and Conditions: Competition closes at 12.00am (midnight) GMT on Tuesday 1st September 2015. Entries received after this time and date will not count. UK residents only. Entrants must be 18 +. Winner will be selected at random after the closing date and will be notified within 3 days of competition end. Only entrants received via the Rafflecopter widget will be considered valid. Exposure are responsible for provision of the prize, which is a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to Shrek’s Adventure, London. Travel and accommodation not included.
Huge thanks to Shrek’s Adventure for inviting us to spend time with our favourite DreamWorks characters!