Shrek’s Adventure is located next to the Sea Life aquarium London and just a short walk from the London Eye. In fact all the Merlin Entertainment attractions are located in the same place as you will also find the London Dungeons next door. Shrek’s Adventure is a great family-friendly attraction based on the films, Shrek. We had so much fun when we visited during our bucket list holiday to London, it’s a great immersive experience. You are part of the story!
*Disclaimer. We received complimentary tickets in exchange for a review
If you’ve never seen the films before (why not?) Shrek is a not so scary Ogre who rescues a princess. Princess Fiona has a curse on her and she turns into an Ogre every night. She falls in love with Shrek and he falls in love with her. She then becomes an Ogre forever and they have 3 baby Ogres together.
They live in a fairytale world called Far, far away with characters such as the Gingerbread man, Puss in boots, the big bad wolf and more. Our favourite character is Donkey who lives with Shrek but then falls in love with a dragon!! Far fetched? We love the Shrek films so we were really excited about visiting an attraction based on the films.
Shrek’s Adventure London Review
The first thing to know and to note about Shrek’s Adventure is that you can’t take photos nor can you film any of the shows. When I first heard this I was a bit disappointed as I’m a serial photographer. I have to photograph anything and everything. This made me a little apprehensive but you know what it really didn’t matter. It was fun to just relax and enjoy everything and had phones/cameras been allowed it would have spoilt the immersive experience.
At one point someone on our tour was speaking on their phone. The actor in the show at the time REALLY told them off and I was kind of glad he did because him being on his phone was spoiling it for other people. You can take photos with Shrek at the end of the tour. I say tour for want of a better word.
As we were visiting on a school day it was really quiet and we were allowed to go through straight away. I have heard that it can get really busy at weekends and during school holidays so if you can afford a fast pass ticket then I can highly recommend you do this to skip the queues. You can also make savings if you purchase your tickets online in advance. More about that later.
We waited a few minutes inside by the start of the ‘tour’ for other people to join us. There was only 18 of us going around together which was a perfect number not only for little people to be able to see but so that all the kids had a chance at ‘helping out’.
You start by having a series of photos taken of yourselves which you can purchase as a package at the end. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. You then wait together while a bubbly guide talks you through what’s going to happen, what to expect and gets you doing all sorts of fun and silly things.
You then move into a room where you all have to sing ‘I’m a believer’. If you don’t then the Magic bus driven by donkey won’t work. You are all handed 3D wrap around glasses and you embark on a magical bus ride together. It’s great fun with wind blowing in your faces and an almost roller coaster feel to the ride – but don’t worry it’s just a simulator. You are now on a quest to find Shrek, but whoops the bus lands on one of Rumplestiltskin’s witches.
When you leave the bus the real immersive aspect to the experience begins. You move as a group through different rooms experiencing different scenes of the story as you go. The actors in each of the rooms are excellent. They are engaging and fun and involve the kids and adults as much as possible.
You really do feel like you are part of the story. You meet good guys and bad guys along the way and you even end up in jail at one point and have to break free with Shrek’s help. There are lots of surprises along the way which I won’t spoil. Let’s just say you feel certain things, you meet lots of mirrors and some water may be involved.
You finish the story with a meet and greet with Shrek. Princess Fiona had told the little one what to do to get Shrek to join in with him. Because of this he had a really fun meet and greet with him! You can purchase a professional photo or take one with the main Ogre yourselves.
Afterwards, you move into a series of rooms with different characters and scenes from Madagascar and How to train a dragon which you can pose for photos by. My son loves both of these so he was chuffed to bits and very keen to pose for photos. We also let him buy something from the shop as he fell in love with a Donkey soft toy that was only £12. Overall the experience only lasted just over an hour but we had so much fun and we will be talking about our visit for a long time to come.
If you own a Merlin annual pass then there is no cost to visit Shrek’s Adventure. If you don’t then I highly recommend you purchase your tickets online in advance as it can save you up to 30% per person. Currently, a standard entry ticket bought in advance costs £20.50 for people aged 16 and over. Children age 3-15 are £16.00. Children under 3 are free, but please be aware that even though they are free they will need a ticket.