Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Rating: ★★★★
Venue: ExCel Centre, London
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Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before at Jurassic World: The Exhibition! The Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes. 

Board the ferry to Isla Nublar and walk across the massive Jurassic World gates. Walk under a majestic Brachiosaurus, come face-to-face with ferocious raptors, and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

If you have a young person in your life who's fan of the Jurassic World franchise, this exhibition would be absolutely perfect. I'll start by saying that the only reason this experience didn't receive five stars from me, is because the experience is very much tailored for children, with little for adults to enjoy. However, watching my eight year old nephew's eyes light up as he walked through the gates to Jurassic World was a memory I'll treasure forever.

Before you enter Jurassic World, you first need to board the ferry to Isla Nublar. Personally, I felt the ferry part of the trip could have been made to feel more realistic, but I did enjoy the introduction to the island; and the video effects of the sea were very good.

Nothing quite prepares you for entering the gates to Jurassic World. It's like stepping foot into the movies, as you're instantly face-to-face with a life-size brachiosaurus. The best part is that it's animatronic, making it even more realistic. Don't worry, there's plenty of time for photo opportunities, and the park wardens dotted around the exhibition are more than happy to take photos and answer any questions you may have.

You're loosely guided around the experience, and are given gentle pushes to the next room, but it doesn't feel rushed and there's plenty of time to get everything done. Expect to interact with several baby dinosaurs dotted throughout the exhibition - and you can even get selfies with them! Also expect some fantastic photo opportunities, such as the gate to the park itself, in a gyrosphere and even a green screen photo with a dinosaur of your choosing!

From more light-hearted activities like digging for dinosaur fossils, finding out interactive information about different dinosaur eggs and touching dino poop (with gloves, of course!), to slightly scarier activities such as watching a demonstration with Blue and being chased by a life-size t-rex; there is something for everyone.

Prices for adults start at £26 per person, and child prices start at £18.50 per person. They also have the option for add-on gift bundles. I purchased a Carnivore Bundle, which came with a tote bag, a t-rex plush, a souvenir brochure, a gorgeous art print, a Jurassic World lanyard and a Stigymoloch dog tag. This particular bundle was £40. For £25, they also offer a Herbivore Bundle which includes a souvenir brochure, the art print, a notebook and the tote bag. Both of which I thought were great value for money.

There were a few criticisms I had about the event. One of them being the lack of toilet facilities once you've entered the experience. While they do pre-warn you before you enter the experience, for an exhibition aimed at children, I think it's quite disappointing. And having to wait in the rain before the experience officially started also put a slight dampener on things! 

It's also worth mentioning that the experience is relatively short. We spent just over an hour in there - and that was including time spent in the gift shop. For the price of the ticket, it is quite expensive for how long you get inside. However, one thing that did surprise me was how reasonably priced the gift shop was. From £5 for a souvenir brochure, to £30 for exclusive Funko pops of Blue and T-Rex, to £20 for t-shirts; there was plenty to choose from in terms of merchandise. 

If you have a Jurassic World fanatic in your life, they will absolutely love this immersive and interactive experience. Just be prepared that it won't keep them occupied for very long! We all thoroughly enjoyed it; but as an adult, the pure joy came from seeing my nephew's delight. 

You can buy tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition here.

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