Go in search of the big green ogre in a fast-paced, immersive adventure on the South Bank
The Shrek’s Adventure! London experience starts the moment you’re greeted by hosts and hostesses in 1950s-style uniforms at the entrance. Your ‘Dreamworks Tour’ group is briskly ushered up into the main departure lounge and from here, your chosen trip, ‘the Shrek Adventure’, is due to set off in a red double-decker bus. Only thing is, something seems to have gone wrong with the technical details…
Your hostess, Princess Fiona (played with pacey, panto-style humour by one of a cast of actors), hastily encourages you to take plan B: don some 3D glasses and board a different bus. This turns out to be the breathtaking 4D opening scene of your adventure.
Flying through the air (the virtual reality effects cost millions, apparently), you leave the South Bank and are soon hurtling through the sky to Far, Far Away. But uh-oh, Rumpelstiltskin’s witches have decided to invade your airspace, and when your magic bus (driven by Donkey, by the way) accidentally knocks Rumpelstiltskin’s girlfriend off her broomstick, you have to make a crash landing and the tour becomes a thrilling chase.
Getting off the bus, the icky smells and the squidgy ground beneath your feet tell you that you’ve ended up in Shrek’s swamp. But where is the ogre himself? Knowing that Rumpelstiltskin and his witches are on your trail, you must take your orders from a down-on-her-luck Cinderella. But can she help you find Shrek and make your way home again?
Shrek’s Adventure London has been devised by the team behind other attractions like the London Dungeon and it works in a similar way – you are ushered around a series of scenes and find yourself part of a new story, having to solve clues, join in the occasional impromptu song, and generally do silly things in order to reach the end of the tour and, hopefully, a happy ending. With excellent set design and something unexpected around every corner, it’s an engaging and amusing trip into a wonky fairytale world, where you meet a few Shrek characters along the way – Doris the barmaid, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and the Gingerbread Man. The Adventure has been created in collaboration with Dreamworks, with brand new animations part of the experience.
There isn’t an age limit, but it has its scary moments, so it’s best for ages six to 12, and for grown-ups who are willing to throw themselves into the panto spirit on a 75-minute romp.At the end of the tour, if you find your way out and escape the clutches of the evil Rumpelstiltskin, you’ll be rewarded with a Dreamworks finale: walk-through scenes from ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Kung-Fu Panda’, plus a chance to come face to face with Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.
|Venue name:||Shrek's Adventure! London||Contact:|
Westminster Bridge Road
|Opening hours:||Open Mon–Wed, Fri, Sun 10am–5pm, Thu 11am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Westminster or Waterloo|
|Price:||£27 (£18.90 online), £21.85 under-16s (£15.30 online).|
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