Guest review: visiting Shrek’s Adventure with the kids

I’ve previously written about our adventure’s visiting Shrek’s Adventure in London with both Emmy and Harry – we have been twice now, and while Emmy absolutely LOVED it both times Harry was terrified. He didn’t like the small rooms and the actors dressed as our favourite Shrek characters really freaked him out.

Recently we were invited back again and I knew he wouldn’t enjoy it still having not long ago visited a similar Pirate experience in Cornwall and me having to walk around the whole thing carrying him and him crying – I just couldn’t bring myself to do it while he is still nervous of this experience.

I did however know of a family who would absolutely LOVE to go in my place – one of my best friends, someone I met just before we started our blogging journeys – Liz who blogs over at The Hart of the Munchkin Patch. Liz only recently got married and instead of having a honeymoon they opted for a ‘Harts Memory Week’ – a week of doing fun things all together as a family.

Liz and her family headed off to Shrek’s Adventure for some family fun so here I will now hand you over to Liz to tell you all about it.

On the final day of our special week, we went on a surprise trip to London. None of the kids knew where we were going, but were crazy excited anyway!

When we arrived in London, it was just a short walk from Waterloo Station. Situated on the Southbank, next to the famous London Eye, is the little treasure that was awaiting our arrival!

The moment you walk through the front door, it is obvious that this is an adventure aimed at the whole family. The experience has a guideline age of 6+ years, but younger visitors are welcome on the understanding that there may be one or two features during the tour that may make them feel uncomfortable. Our three little adventurers are by no means fearless, but they do love their animated movies and are aware that every hero has a villain not too far behind him.

From the point of walking through the door to actually joining the adventure can be quite long, especially if you visit on a busy day. However, there are things to look at and interact with all the way round as well as a lively, film based voiceover that can be heard throughout the wait. You slowly make your way further into the building with a growing sense that, with each step, the adventure is getting closer. Beastie is notoriously impatient, and hates to queue or wait for things to happen, so the possible wait honestly did fill me with dread. However, there was so much to keep her brain busy, she didn’t once show signs of irritation and we were not subjected to moans of “I’m bored” once!

As soon as we reached the front of the queue, we were escorted into a lift which was about to whisk us away to a land of fairy tale mayhem!

The journey begins when you board the DreamWorks Tours magical flying 4D bus to Far Far Away. On this simulator journey, you will experience a captivating visual display with the odd spray of water and air thrown in for effect. Then, as you continue on your journey to locate Shrek, you will have a number of encounters including Cinderella in Shrek’s swamp, you’ll bump into Puss in Boots, you’ll attempt to rescue Pinocchio from the wheel of torture and cook up a magic spell with the Muffin Man. The whole time, you must collect the special ingredients that you will need in order to find Shrek and make it back home safely!

That’s as much as I’m giving away! If you want to find out more about the characters included in the tour and the story that the adventure follows, you will have to visit for yourself! Trust me, it’ll be worth it!

When the adventure comes to an end, visitors find themselves in a decorative corridor fit for a celebration …

… Maybe even fit for an …

Here, all visitors have the opportunity to meet Shrek, so have your cameras ready as this is the point at which you can use them again! You can either take a photo of members of your party yourself, or you can jump in the frame too and there is an assistant there ready to take the photos for you on your chosen device.

Once you’ve had the chance to meet the big man himself, you are then free to explore an area that is full of scenes with much loved characters from your favourite Dreamworks films. And the best thing about it is they are fully immersive! There certainly is a distinct absence of ‘No Touching’ signs in this part of the adventure!

The whole adventure lasts for around 75 minutes, which I think is just right for the amount of fun that is crammed in. Throughout the tour, visitors are moving from room to room, each time entering a completely new scene and coming face to face with a new character. Some characters are good and friendly whilst others have a more menacing side, but all are entertaining and work together brilliantly to create an experience suitable for Dreamworks fans everywhere. 

Plumlet is just 4 years old and was a little wary of the wicked witch, but as we were actually the last of our group to leave her room, she clearly couldn’t resist leaving her role momentarily to show him some friendly attention and a much less wicked side of her character. I like to think that she could see he was a little nervous of her and acted accordingly, but whatever her reason may have been, it worked! Hopefully, this goes a little way to describing the attitudes of the staff throughout the tour. Every character was animated in their portrayal of their role, and all other duties, including escorting visitors from place to place, manning the ticket desks, working in the Gift Shop and general floating around to ensure all adventurers are happy, comfortable and safe at all times, were carried out by enthusiastic, friendly, polite individuals. We were never without a member of staff nearby, which meant that whilst The Man and I stayed near Plumlet, we were able to allow the girls to wander ahead freely, safely confident that they would be completely fine. There are not many busy tourist attractions in London that made me feel like this!

We would highly recommend Dreamworks Shrek’s Adventure to any family looking for something fun to do in London. As I mentioned, Plumlet is 4, Beastie 5 and Munch is 8 years old, and all 3 of them have been asking to go back already. They thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of being thrown into the middle of a fairytale and loved everything about their journey through the make believe worlds full of fun and crazy characters!

Thank you, you loveable Ogre, for being a big part of our Family Memory Week! We’ll be back, for sure. To check ticket availability and to book your own adventure, take a look at the official website.

 

 

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