I wasn’t sure what to expect – the kids had seen adverts on TV but what they told me didn’t leave me much the wiser. The website describes Shrek’s Adventure as a ‘walk and ride’ tour, but it is also packed with actors playing characters who guide you through the adventure.
Tickets are for a booked time slot so we walked in, and joined our party of up to 40 parents and kids. It was relatively quiet on the South Bank, most schools had gone back, but there were still plenty of people ready to join us in Shrek’s Adventure. The tour was introduced by a guide, who showed us through to the first character, Princess Fiona. She got everyone to sing I’m a believer before we could generate enough magic to get the tour bus going.
The bus ride was one of the best parts of the trip: we all donned 3-D glasses and it felt like the bus was moving as we whirled through various magical lands, meeting Hiccup and Toothless from How to Train your Dragon, and Po, the Kung Fu Panda. The bus was driven by Donkey, and as we neared the Land of Far, Far Away, we were attacked by Rumpelstiltskin’s witches. A warning – this is a little scary, as are parts of the rest of the adventure. I won’t spoil too many surprises, but even the 10 year old jumped out of his skin at one point, and we were all slightly freaked out by the mirror maze!
After the bus ride, where, oops, we crash landed on Rumpelstiltskin’s favourite witch, we all had to go on a quest to find a portal so we could make it back home. On the way we met Cinderella, who is back to being a cleaner, her ugly sister who is running a bar, Sleeping Beauty who kept dozing off, and the Muffin Man who helped us stir up some magic. Alongside these acted characters were animated characters – Puss in Boots, the Gingerbread man, Rumpelstiltskin and Shrek himself.
The tour took an hour, and we were steered out through a chance to buy a photo book for £25 – it’s a nice product but expensive on top of the cost of tickets – and out through the gift shop.
Overall this is a fab interactive show and well worth doing if you have a wet day and want indoor entertainment, especially with kids who would rather not sit still.
Disclosure: we were given the tickets for Shrek’s Adventure, but covered food and travel ourselves.