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I won't be mixing with the stars again!
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Advantages: Great wax figures, Some very life-like and real.
Disadvantages: Expensive, Some of the wax models don't look like the person.
I'm pretty sure most people will have heard of Madame Tussads which is based in London, how-ever they also have other exhibitions across Europe and in other countries as well. They have a range of various wax models based on famour stars such as David Beckham, Royalty, Film character, Singers such as Lady Gaga and Britney Spears and more. These model's are created to look exactly like the stars they are based on and a lot of time and effort goes into the making of these wax models. If you go to their website you can find lots of information about how Madame Tussauds first started and how they made the Wax models and put every single, little details into them to make they very life-like. Their website is www.madametussauds.com
We purchased a combination ticket for £60.24, this was for an adult ticket and included entry and queue jump to Madame Tussauds, The London Eye and the Sea Life London Aquarium. As this was done online we saved about £7.00. You can purchase single tickets just for Madame Tussauds which is £20.16 online for an adult. For a child it cost's £17.22. If you book tickets online in advance you do save yourself 30%, so it's well worth doing this. After choosing your tickets online, you need to select a time slot in which you go and collect your tickets from Madame Tussauds. You have to go there to collect your tickets and this has to be the first attraction you visit, if you have a combination ticket. You will get send some information by e-mail which you need to print off and take with you when collecting your tickets. The person who paid for the tickets also need's to take a form of ID with them, when exchanging the paper-work for the actual tickets.
***HOW TO GET THERE***
Madame Tussauds is best reached using public transport. We simply got a train to London Waterloo and then got onto the tube on the Bakerloo Line, this takes you to Baker Street. As you come out of the station and turn left Madame Tussauds is less then a 5 minute walk from here. To find other options of getting to Madame Tusaauds by Bus, Car or Coach you can visit their website.
***ARRIVING AT MADAME TUSSAUDS***
On the tickets it will state a gate number, we were gate number 5 (There are only 5 gates). Although we had queue jump a lot of people also had the same idea as us which was to print buy and print the tickets online so you save money. Because the majority of people visiting did this, there was quite a long queue to wait to get inside. The queue did move quite quickly, which was good, and some of it is also under-cover so we wouldn't get wet if it rained. Just before you enter the doors to collect your ticket, all bags are checked by a memeber of the security team. Once at the main desk (there were a few desks, to cut down queuing times), they simply checked the paper-work and handed us our tickets. From here you go upstriars and into a lift which holds about 6-8 people. There is more than one lift so you don't really have to wait long for a lift. Once you come out of the lift, the wall in front of you is made to look like papparazzi and lots of flashes of lights go off so it looks as though your picture is being taken. You then follow the red carpet to the right which is where you enter the first room of wax models.
The first room you enter is really big and you can walk either down the ramp to the right or to the left hand side. As we walked down the ramp, they had Harry Potter characters to the right hand side along with a member from Girls Aloud. In a room just off of this they had a wax model of Robert Pattinson (Twighlight), which people were queuing for so they could have their picture taken with him. They had David Beckham, Victoria, Sean Connery and other people such as Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman and Cheryl Cole in this room as well. It was very hard to get to the area where David and Victoria were, as this seemed to be quite busy. My boyfriend did how-ever manage to have his photo taken with Cheryl Cole, as there were meany people here. As you walk out of this room into the next you are taken through a small sports walk-through room which has a tv and a cricket player in this room. As soon as you walk into the next room you will notice Johnny Depp from Pirates Of The Carribean, on a wooden scene which looks like the deck of a boat. I queued for about 15mins to have my picture taken with him. They take a proffessonal picture, how-ever my boyfriend took a picture on my camera so I didn't see the point in buying one. Also in this room was Bollywood Theme and there was a huge model of Shrek which all the kids were crowding round. In the next section there was a lot of the Royal Family from oast and present, there was also Muhammad Ali and member's or parliament and Barack Obama and Hitler. There was also a big stage which had Micheal jackson, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis and Jimmy Hendrix on. This area was also quite busy as well, so I couldn't really get close enough to have my picture taken with any of these.
After this section you go on a little car ride, these are made to look like Black London Cab's, and they fit 2 people in at a time. This takes you round for about 5 minutes, going up and down little hills whilst listening to details about london and watching figures and scenery from the earlier years, up until now. The ride does not go fast, and actually goes quite slow. This was quite fun and also very interesting. When you get off the ride, you walk through another section which sounds as though it may be scary. You walk through room which shows some wax model's who were tortured, and then you get the choice to walk through another room which has real life actors, or you can skip this bit. Me and my boyfriend choose to go through this as it sounded quite fun, how-ever it was a waste of time really. You walk through various dark rooms whilst actors jump out and scream as you walk past to try and scare you. The rooms are quite dark so at some points it's quite unexpected and it makes you jump, how-ever you can see the actors moving around in the dark so I knew when someone was going to try and make me jump. This walk lasted for a short while and personally I thought it was rubbish! After the horror/scream section, you can get the chance to watch a 4D marvel movie, we skipped this as we thought you had to pay extra for this, how-ever this is incldued within the price of your ticket. At the end of the exhibition was a very young Elvis model, which did not look like him at all. In fact me and my boyfriend was very shocked at how unlike Elvis it actually was. You leave Madam Tussauds by walking through the shop which sell's a huge range of things from pens, to buses and bags, badges and other things. I didn't buy anything in the shop as nothing really interested me.
I'm glad that I purchased the tickets online as I don't think it's worth paying over £20.00 to visit Madam Tussauds. Some of the wax models are brilliant and it's great that you can have your photo taken right next to them. Some of the wax models such as Elvis and Kylie I was ver dissapointed by as I didn't think they look like them at all. Of course it's best to go here when it's not school holiday's otherwise it can get very busy. You will find a lot of foreign people here as well, and unfortunately when I was here, they have a tendancy to push and shove you out the way, I experienced this more than just a few times. You do have to be patient if you want a photo of a specific wax model, as so many other people are also trying to take photo's as well. I was expecting to see more wax models of more people, how-ever I understand that they do change the wax models around occasionally. I was very dissapointed with the horror section they had, the scream experience as they called it was really dissapointing, and I thought walking through rooms whilst people jumped out at you was pretty pathetic, espicially when they didn't seem to scare or make me scream. There are a few vending machines around Madame Tussauds which has crisps, chocolate and drinks in, if you are thirsty or hungry. It took approximately 1hr to walk around and see all the figures, this includes the little taxi ride as well. I have to give it at least 3 stars, as some of the wax models were really good and I got to have my picture taken with Johnny Depp, I won't give it anymore than 3 stars as I think it's a bit pricey for what it is, and the horror section was just rubbish. I may go back here in about 5-6 years time when they have changed the wax models, but until then I won't be going here again.
(review will also appear on ciao)
Summary: Wax models of famous people!