The last time I visited Madame Tussauds I was a little kid and my dad took me as we had family from abroad visiting.
Now all grown up I’m a bit of a Star Wars geek and I’ve been patiently waiting since February when Madame Tussauds announced their new multi-million pound Star Wars experience in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm.
How often do you get to sit in a cantina in Mos Eisley with Hans Solo? Or co-pilot with Chewie? Or be tempted to join forces with the Lord Vader, Darth to his friends, to turn to the Dark side? (If you answered ‘at least once’ to the last question, don’t worry we’ve all been there!)
Madame Tussauds opened their doors on Baker Street 131 years ago and it is still drawing crowds and deservedly so.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have the opportunity to have your photo taken with a member of the actual Royal Family or James Bond, a selfie to share on social media is still pretty cool and you can have your celeb selfie featured if you tag them #summerofselfies on Instagram. Madame Tussauds has managed to evolve with popular culture catering for all ages, embracing social media and celebrity culture and encouraging visitors to participate
Pop royalty from the 80’s to current day celebrities, Bollywood legends, sporting greats, and global leaders were all on show.
Ever the tourist, I enjoyed our black taxi ride through 400 years of British history and the adrenaline junkie part of me was truly frightened going through the Chamber of Horrors! I laughed about it afterwards, but it’s not for the faint hearted!
The Marvel 4D experience was fun for adults and kids. The only draw back was being penned in with the crowd waiting for the count down on the wall to reach zero to get access to the auditorium, however I did use this time to get a photo with Iron Man.
During the 4D presentation the audience squealed with delight at Spider-Man, Captain America & Wolverine amongst others saving London.
When the 4D experience was over The Star Wars music started followed by a short greeting by none other than Darth Vader. Then all those with special Star Wars wrist bands were led by a Jedi knight complete with light saber to a galaxy far far away….followed by American style whoops and yelps of delight and that was just me!
Advertised as an immersive experience – it’s difficult not to be blown away by the recreation of the sets. You can have your photo taken with Yoda in the swamps of Dagobah or get some perspective of the 35 stone of wax that went into recreating Jabba the Hutt and of course Princess Leia in that gold bikini.
Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Anakin, Luke Skywalker as well as Darth Vader, Darth Maul a few Storm Troopers, C3-PO and R2D2 are all there. It’s a feast of excitement for fans of all ages and is the perfect preparation for my Secret Cinema experience in the next few weeks.
Madame Tussauds was fun and I won’t leave it so long before I visit again, but if you’re a Star Wars fan – you just need to go. For Instagram images check out #StarWarsaMT and May the Force be with you.
Thanks to Madame Tussauds and for further photos check them out on Instagram @MadameTussaudsLondon, @TruffleShuffle and my galactic travel companion & photographer @T3j1
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