For a while now Olivia has had a slight obsession with a certain YouTube Star. I’m not sure when she stumbled across Zoella on YouTube but I do know it’s pretty much all she watches and she gets so excited when a new video comes out. I didn’t realise the extent until she asked to see Zoella at Madame Tussauds London.
She absolutely adores her. She may have watched pretty much all of the videos now and I think her favourite ones are the Sims videos. So when she asked if we would be able to pay a visit to see the Zoe and Alfie waxworks in Madame Tussauds in London, her dad just couldn’t say no.
We love Madame Tussauds in Blackpool. It seems we visit at least twice a year now and love it every time we go. But Olivia wanted to experience a different place and of course, meet her new idols. Who wouldn’t right? If a Michael Bublé one was to appear wild horses wouldn’t drag me away! I know, I’m showing my age now but I can still fangirl with the best of them!
But this isn’t about me and my obsession this is about Olivia’s obsession. So we sneakily booked some train tickets and I arranged for us to visit Madame Tussauds whilst we were there. As we decided against doing her a birthday party this would be the perfect surprise in lieu of a big birthday bash!
Madame Tussauds: The London Experience.
Not the entrance but still, I loved this wall.
I loved that you go up in an escalator, it totally built up the excitement a little bit more for us. Who would be at the top? What would we see first? Well, of course after a grand entrance you want to be walking the red carpet don’t you and what better way to do this than to mingle with some stars! Time to strike a pose baby!
I think this was more my area. I was loving it. Cosying up to Brad Pitt, Posing with Britney Spears (Who is this mum? It’s Britney I told her. Oh, she’s like for old people isn’t she like Justin Timberlake is the old people’s, Justin!! ) Hmmmm…. She then made a beeline for people she did know and got herself papped with the likes of Kim K, Adele and Rihanna.
I must admit to getting a little turned around on myself. With so many people we kept going against the crowds and wandering around like lost souls. At times we had to double back to make sure we didn’t miss anyone. Olivia was constantly scanning the crowds for you know who.
As well signposted as it was I found we ended up just following people, go with the flow I decided. This did mean a lot of patience when waiting to take a picture with someone though as there were many more people who of course wanted to do the exact same thing. Top Tip: Don’t hang around, you see an opening be ready. Have your camera/phone ready to just go and snap. Because if you don’t someone else will!
Finally Meeting Zoella at Madame Tussauds London.
It’s safe to say until we reached this section Olivia may have been a little distracted. (I won’t forget the Britney comment!) But her face when she saw them was priceless. It was worth the trip. And as luck would have it we were the only ones there! So we snapped this opportunity to get a few poses in before the crowds caught up with us. Just look at that smile though, totally worth waiting for!
The Best of the Rest……
I thought maybe her interest would wane slightly now that the much-anticipated duo had been captured on camera for a future telling of the trip. Would seeing Zoella at Madame Tussauds be it now for her? Actually no, there were plenty of other stars and attractions to keep her occupied. There is definitely something, and someone, for everyone here.
We skipped the Kong experience as Olivia wasn’t fussed. The same with the 4D too. She really isn’t a fan and I couldn’t persuade her despite really wanting to go in myself. This somehow also led to us missing the Star Wars exhibition which Olivia was really gutted about. I’m honestly not too sure how we did but we came out and realised shortly afterwards. Maybe it’s because we skipped some parts I don’t know.
Being a big fan of pop culture Olivia had a blast sitting in The Voice chairs. Getting to press the buzzer and turn around was a bit hit with her as was meeting our very favourite fairy, Tinkerbell. We do believe in fairies!
So much to see and do. From walking on your very own catwalk to sitting in The Voice chair or getting your hand immortalised in wax, there are plenty of interactive activities to help you get the most out of you experience. Compared to Blackpool, which we still love, there are so many more waxworks on display and there literally is something for everyone. Even if you aren’t a fan of pop culture, you can ‘meet’ the royal family, tell Donald Trump exactly what you think of him or learn some history with figures of historical icons and the history of waxworks.
Despite being set over different levels, there are lifts available for those who struggle with stairs and it is all well signposted throughout. You can also find toilets along the way too, not just at the end if you get caught short or are with children too.
There are also plenty of staff around to help should you need it. I noted quite a few at various places not including where they were positioned to take pictures with certain waxworks.
Not So Good Points.
I’m going, to be honest. As much as I loved it, for me, it was too busy. We went on a Saturday afternoon, peak time. It wasn’t ideal for an out of towner who isn’t used to a lot of people in a closed environment. I also think it scared Olivia a little bit at first especially after an altercation when she was physically pushed away from the Cheryl waxwork by another visitor. This can’t be helped nor is it down to any faults or the attraction or staff. But it did impact on our trip a little.
- Travel light if you can. We had bags on us and found it quite awkward to juggle things when wanting to take pictures.
- Plan ahead. Visit at off-peak or quieter times if you want to gain more from your experience. Booking online gives you an idea of when it is quieter.
- Take your time. Don’t rush or you will likely miss something like we did.
- Practise the pout! Strike a pose.
- Have fun, this is the next best thing to meeting your idol. Plus, they can’t move or speak so there is no chance of them ruining that perfect image you have of them in your head. Isn’t that right Wolverine!
Have you visited before or do you have someone who wants to see Zoella at Madame Tussauds London too? Check out some more of our pictures from the day in the slideshow below and let me know who you would like to meet in real life or their waxwork!