“ Address: 7-14 Coventry Street / Piccadilly Circus / London / W1D 7DH „
We were recently in london following the tourist trsil and found ourselves in Trocadero. it seems to always have a strange allure whether for tacky gifts or the amusement area downstairs but whatever we decided to give the 5d ride a go.
It is situated son the lower level of Trocadero in Picadilly Circus, unmissable because of the noise from the arcade games. I thought it would be big but it was tucked in a corner of the lower area. It is however noticeable since there is a large sign telling visitors what the attraction is and outside the 5 d room there is a large screen where we could see live what was happening in the room. Some of the people experiencing the 5 d show were very funny depending on what show they were experiencing
WHAT IS IT?
The attraction is advertised as "the Attraction of a new generation which lets visitors get real emotions and take a dive into the midst of bright and virtual world."
We spoke to someone at the small desk who showed us the list of shows and allowed us to select one. There are lots of scenes to choose from including: western Coaster, Portal, Taxi and Octopus. The different simulations seem to include most themes and encompass fast cars, roller coasters, horror, underwater as well as more cartoony themes. When looking through the list there is nothing to tell us what the storyline is so we just go on our general idea of what it's probably like.
We chose the roller coaster for starters because it was in the realms of the 3 d rides we had already experienced.
We were taken into a smallish room with three rows of large blue chairs with the inevitable handles so we could hold on. Having been on these types of rides before I was surprised to find that there was no safety bar which came down over us, and the only reason I can think for doing this is that the venue isn't very big so if you fall out there's not far to fall! Or, failing that, they don't expect anyone to fall out.
Once the movie starts it is exactly as I would expect one of these rides. The stereo image of 3d makes you feel as though you are taking part in the show, and with only the three d I can stop myself reaching out and trying to grab the objects lying towards me. The seats turn quickly left and right, and whilst some rides are quite gentle turns, these really do turn to the side quite sharply, and then certainly on the roller coaster ride we were dropped quickly and what felt almost vertically down. It's all done very quickly and exactly follows the roller coaster ride, really making you feel as though you're dropping quite spectacular heights.
I was interested to find out what an altogether different ride would feel like because I had seen some visitors on the screen literally throw their legs in the air as though they had felt something, whereas on the roller coaster we really got mainly the feeling of speed and dropping. So, with this in mind, we chose one of the haunted ones ( can't remember which one). This followed the usual spooky journey with the light effects and music making it really creepy. The horror movie feeling continued when we quite literally felt mice running across our feet and hands or branches touching us depending on the part of the journey. Vey cleverly done!
Throughout all of this, the seats are not uncomfortable although for reasons of the inclusion of water, they are plastic and do look hard. It's also easy to stay put on the chair but at times I did feel as though I needed to hang onto the handles tightly and Little Miss got a tad shrieky when the mice arrived!
Mon - Thurs: 11:00 - 23:00
Fri: 11:00 - 00:00
Sat: 11:00 - 00:00
Sun: 11:00 - 23:00
Tel: +44 (0) 207 287 0806
E mail: email@example.com
A relatively interesting experience but in my opinion, pricey at £10 a shot for rides which last around five minutes. The experience is however sometimes on offer on the discount sites at half this price which makes it a bit more reasonable but still expensive.
It was quite enjoyable but for me the whole place is a bit tired looking and this attraction just looks as though it has been pushed in the corner as an after thought. The whole place is very noisy and not the cleanest but I suppose that's not the fault of this attraction, its just quite off putting.
Ok as a one off but I think we will just stick to our 4 d experiences nearer to home if we want this kind of attraction.
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