Merlin Entertainments is the largest European entertainments company operating in Europe. Merlin now operates 105 attractions, 11 hotels and three holiday villages in 23 countries and across four continents, and 2015 is no exception to the growth of Merlin Entertainments!
In London we have a new feature adding to the experience at Madame Tussauds London. Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures will appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects will add to the immersion, as you step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history. The new feature opens on 16th May 2015.
2015 also sees the Coca-Cola London Eye celebrating its 15th anniversary. To mark the occasion London-born illustrator Jamie Cullen created pieces of bespoke artwork for the anniversary with some designs used for the big day itself when a capsule was decorated to stunning effect.
Alongside the Coca-Cola London Eye, The London Dungeon and SEA LIFE London Aquarium a brand new attraction will also be opening in County Hall this Summer (from July 2015) on the Southbank; Shrek’s Adventure! London. Step into and star in your very own hilarious, mad-cap adventure to the kingdom of Far Far Away surrounded by Shrek and his much loved Dreamworks friends. The world’s funniest tour begins when you board a magical ‘Dreamworks Tours’ red London bus driven by the mischievous Donkey, where chaos, calamity and endless fun are the name of the game. Explore the fantasy worlds of Far Far Away and meet everyone from Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, ‘Gingy’ the Gingerbread man to Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs. But beware! Rumpelstiltskin, wearing his ‘angry wig’, will do all he can to disrupt your tour and stop your return to London. Will you collect all the special ingredients needed for the magic spell to transport you safely home?
New for 2015, SEA LIFE London Aquarium invites guests to explore an enchanting new themed zone, Sea Dragon Kingdom, to see the amazing new collection of mystical sea creatures hidden within. Visitors can see fascinating Weedy sea dragons, the curious Alligator pipefish and colourful Yellow seahorses. Mini explorers can venture into the lost temple to watch the magical inhabitants within. In between spotting the mesmerising Sea Dragons and their leaf-like camouflage, guests can learn interesting facts about these mystical creatures.
The world’s most notorious serial killer – Jack the Ripper – is one of the London Dungeon’s most famous residents and this summer a new pop up show will give guests some spine-tingling new insights into his murderous story as the attraction presents Where’s Jack? The Ripper Myths from 1st July – 31st August. Visitors will get the latest from an East-End Newspaper Boy, whilst a determined Detective tries to solve one of the ghastliest murder sprees of all time. Deeper in the depths of the Dungeon lies a chilling recreation of the Whitechapel streets stalked by Jack where guests will meet ‘working girl’ Mary Jane Kelly in Mitre Square. With the Ripper fast on their heels they must then navigate the Whitechapel Labyrinth, a confusing mirror maze of narrow streets to escape his clutches. At the end of the labyrinth lies shelter from a gathering storm in Whitechapel’s famous Ten Bells Pub. But don’t relax too soon, landlady Peggy Waldron will tell the ultimate horror story guaranteed to make guests jump out of their skins.
The fun also extends outside of London for our attractions in 2015, with Warwick Castle having opened their brand new feature in March 2015. Time Tower is an immersive audio visual multimedia experience capturing the essence of Warwick Castle’s rich and vibrant history! Join characters from the Castle’s past as they travel through time on an adventure quest through Warwick Castle’s dark history of bloodshed, death, treachery and destruction and discover for yourselves the true story of 1,100 years of Warwick Castle through the ages.