The man, the boys and little old me have all been huge Shrek fans for many years, all giggling at the crazy antics of Donkey to all trying to perfect the Puss look when trying to get our own way so when we heard there was a place we could experience a Shrek story for ourselves at Shrek’s Adventure we’ve added it to our must do list.
Sat facing the London Eye and sandwiched between the London Dungeons and Sea Life London Aquarium it’s in prime position for a trip to the capital. So as a birthday treat for the tween, we set off from sleepy Devon at 7.30am and by 10.30am we were embracing the London crowds at Waterloo station trying to get our adjust to the unfamiliar sights and sounds. It’s been quite a few years since I visited the big smoke and despite meticulously planning our walking route and travel plans to make the most of our day, finding our way, on foot to the South Bank was ridiculously easy.
Checking In To Our Shrek’s Adventure
There’s no mistaking the attraction and after an obligatory pose in front of the Donkey statue, we headed in to get our tickets. The staff were super chirpie and helpful and we whizzed through the line and security checks and there began the first part of the tour.
Each party is allocated 1 wrist band and you begin by going through a series of photo opportunities where you’re encouraged to pose against a green screen so the photo is edited into comical scenes. It really gets you into the fun of it all straight away and while Daz & I are up for joining in with these things, getting two image conscious teens to do the same was never going to happen. My guys don’t even take selfies and unless it’s a cool, model like pose, pretending to be a character in Shrek was quite a sight to see!
The next round of interactive fun was an unusual lift ride then onto a 4D adventure ride via a Dreamworks bus which was the high light of my adventure. With your 3d glasses you take a journey through clouds and roller coast style twists and turns while feeling wind and rain. I was a little concerned that our toddler would find it a little too frightening but my over zealous ‘wows’ and ‘yays’ seemed to reassure him!
The actors which guided your through the rooms were fantastic, instead of meandering through at your own pace you become part of the story and I really couldn’t fault a thing. From the set, the props to even the unusual smells when you’re in Shrek’s swamp, when you emerge out the other side you really do feel like you’ve been on an adventure. * Warning there is some audience participation but it’s all good fun and your divided in small groups of around 10-15.*
Theres no filming allowed once you embark on the bus but once you reach your destination (I won’t give the plot away) you are given the chance to purchase a journal with the photos which were taken at the start. Theres no hard sell though which was a great relief as ours were terribly awkward looking! After this its through to an area where you can take your own photos.
Apologies for the quality of my shots, this was one of those experiences where I got to live it rather than dawdle behind taking photos which for me, was a refreshing change. So the best I could get was some token iPhone ones to give you an idea.
So to wrap it up, Shrek’s Adventure was an exhilarating and fun hour. I’d recommend it for families with children age 4 through to 12, maybe older if they’re real Shrek fans.
courtesy of shrek’s adventure.com
We were given complimentary tickets for Shrek’s Adventure for the purpose of this review. All words and photos unless otherwise stated, are my own.