Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Madame Tussauds Blackpool


Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

The last time we've been to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum was in Hong Kong, back in University time. We haven't thought of visiting the Blackpool one even though we aren't far away from it, as we normally visit Blackpool's beach. Last week, we were invited to visit the Blackpool branch, and we were glad that we went! It was very entertaining, and we were very impressed with the work. The kids had lots of fun too!


Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

This is Madame Tussaud. She has learned how to create wax models since young and has used her skills during French Revolution, before exhibiting her work in England. The original Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is in London, and has several branches across the World, including the one in Blackpool.

Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

Madame Tussauds Blackpool is bigger than we thought as they cover a few floors worth of wax work. Not only do you get to see their amazing wax figures, you can also learn how they were made, and there is a lot of details involved! Each figure takes 3 to 4 months to make and each strand of hair are individually inserted by hand! I really can't imagine doing that, no wonder they look so realistic!

When we were there I happened to meet a staff fixing the queen's crown. According to him, they check the figures each hour to see what needs fixing. People tend to get excited when taking pictures so accidents happen, but they are there to make sure that the figures are well maintained and look their best for all visitors.


Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out
Fitting right in!
Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out
Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out
Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out
Most realistic out of all my pictures!
Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

Can you tell that we had lots of fun? There are 15 highly interactive zones in the museum, with sensor/ button activated sounds and lights, and props that people can actually use for photos (musical instruments, fashion accessories for example). The kids had lots of fun pretending to be judges, kings and pedestrians, as well as playing golf at the Sports section! When the golf ball fell into the hole, they were rewarded with a crowd cheer!

I really like it that they made the museum fun for children. Apart from all the other interaction zones, there is a brand new Family Favourites section as well where Madame Tussauds Blackpool's tallest figure is being held at - the 7ft tall Shrek, as well as Spiderman, Bob the Builder and Sooty & Sweep!

We were mostly amused by the Coronation Street Inn though, as it's actually a real pub! When you put a wax figure on a stage you can easily tell that it's a wax figure. But when you start getting a group of them mingling with real people, you'll find that they are truly realistic! 

There was a Mirror Hall as well and I was a bit flustered in there as it twisted and turned at places you didn't expect it to! It would have been quite scary if there wasn't a crowd to follow and reflect on the mirrors!

The problem with watching too many horror shows is that your imagination gets wild sometimes. When I tried taking a picture right in front of the dart player (I don't know his name.. it was shown near him of course), I chickened out even though I know he's not real!


Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

However. When we came across this staircase, I told hubby that I'd love to know what's down there (horror imagination going wild again).


Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Wax Museum, Family Day Out

Apart from all the fantastic waxwork and fun interaction area, you can also make your own hand wax figure, in the colour of your choice! There was a queue for it but we gave it a miss. There were also a few areas where your photos will be taken and you can choose to buy it as a souvenir. Our favourite is the Spiderman one. Unless you are really tall, you basically can't get that realistic effect the souvenir photo gives you. We met the Commercial Manager Tony at the gift shop and he has kindly offered us the photos to keep, on top of a goodie bag for each child that the lovely PR has prepared for us, to end our fantastic family day out! Thank you Madame Tussauds!


Blackpool has a lot more to offer than the beach, illumination and Blackpool Tower. Apart from Madame Tussauds, there is also Sea Life which is featuring the Octonauts until September 2014 (we have to go there for Clay! And kids can go for free with the brand new Moshi Monsters series 10 packs) and Illuminata which is a new indoor attraction. Together with Blackpool Tower's Blackpool Eye, Dungeon and Circus, you can really have a great weekend there! Madame Tussauds is currently running a promotion, where you can visit 7 Blackpool attractions including Madame Tussauds for £32.50 per person. You can check out their website for more details and which attractions are included.

Have a fab half term!