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Shrek's Adventure! London

Attractions, Theme parks South Bank
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4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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Go in search of the big green ogre in a fast-paced, immersive adventure on the South Bank

Usher in uniforms circa 1950 will greet you as you enter this enchanting experience. As part of a ‘Dreamworks Tour’ group, you’ll be ferried around on a classic London Routemaster that’s all set to take you on the ‘Shrek Adventure’. Only, something seems to have gone awry… Cue a spirited, panto-style Princess Fiona, who hands out the 3D glasses and leads you on to an alternative mode of transport – which turns out to be the breathtaking 4D opening scene of your adventure.

You’ll soar skyward from the South Bank (with the help of a VR technology that cost millions, apparently) to Far, Far Away – if Rumpelstiltskin and his coterie of witches don’t throw a spanner in the works. After a humungous crash, you’ll next find yourself on a breakneck chase through a pongy, squidgy place that could only be Shrek’s swap. But with no sign of the big green guy, you’ll have to heed the wise words of Cinderella.

Shrek’s Adventure London comes from the same attractions stable as the London Dungeon and it follows the same tried-and-tested format: you’re led from one vignette to the next, and find yourself part of a new story in which you’ll have to solve clues, join in the odd musical number, get up to generally daft stuff in order to reach the end of the tour – and, fingers crossed, a happy ending.
The set design is faultless, and there’s something unexpected waiting around every corner. This is a charmingly fun trip into Shrek’s wry, wonky fairytale world, and you’ll encounter lots of familiar faces: Donkey, Doris the barmaid, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and the Gingerbread Man. Dreamworks’s involvement shows itself in the magnificent animations that appear throughout the experience.

There’s no official minimum age limit, but this isn’t without its scary moments – it’s best for ages six to 12, and for adults who are up for a bit of panto-esque japes throughout the 75-minute duration. At the tour’s end – assuming you escape the dastardly clutches of ol’ Rump – you’ll be treated to a Dreamworks finale: walk-through scenes from ‘Mafagascar’ and ‘Kung-Fu Panda’, and a chance to meet Toothless form ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

By: Laura Lee Davies

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Address: Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Rd
London
SE1 7PB
Transport: Tube: Westminster/Waterloo
Price: £27 (£18.90 online), £21.85 under-16s (£15.30 online).
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Opening hours: Open Mon–Wed, Fri, Sun 10am–5pm, Thu 11am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm.
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