STRANGER Issues: The Expertise has simply landed within the UK – and we have been one of many first to go to.
Primarily based on the hit Netflix sequence, it lets followers stay out their fantasies within the fictional city of Hawkins, all expertise from London Brent Cross.
Stranger Issues: The Expertise has simply landed within the UK, at London’s Brent CrossCredit score: Sophie Swietochowski
The bar serves Hoppe, Demogorgan and Upside Down cocktailsCredit score: Stranger Issues
There is a mega present store and meals corridor, impressed by the presentCredit score: Stranger Issues
Followers can take their photograph in a precise reproduction of the Byers’ iconic loungeCredit score: Sophie Swietochowski
This is what awaits guests on the new immersive expertise…
An eerily cheery woman in a lab coat, ushers us in the direction of a vibrant room as she scribbles notes onto a clipboard.
“We have been anticipating you,” she grins.
The posters pinned to the wall reveal that we’re volunteers in a sleep examine and it is not lengthy earlier than I am being bombarded with intrusive questions on my desires and – extra particularly – my nightmares.
That is the start of my very personal episode of Stranger Issues and I am nervous to uncover what lies past the massive metallic door in entrance of me.
First we’re tasked with fixing puzzles within the notorious Rainbow Room, the place we study that we, too, have supernatural powers, identical to the present’s heroine Eleven.
And it is not simply this creepy room that followers will acknowledge both.
Through the hour-long immersive expertise, we discover ourselves escaping Hawkins laboratory, gobbling up ice-cream from Scoops Ahoy and even venturing into the terrifying parallel-universe, The Upside Down.
Fortunately we’re not alone in our journey – as quickly as issues appear to take a flip for the more serious, we’re greeted on safety digicam screens by favourite characters, together with Mike, Dustin and Max, who information us by means of our mission.
The one give away that I am not in the true Upside Down is the beefy safety guard behind me who’s carrying a t-shirt emblazoned with the Stranger Issues emblem.
Though I do begin to doubt myself once I really feel the breath of a Demogorgon as he lunges in the direction of me and roars into my face.
This 4D component will not really feel novel to anybody that is been on a multi-sensory experience at a Disney theme park, however you may nonetheless wrestle to not flinch if you’re staring straight into the demonic creature’s fleshy mouth.
Followers within the UK have needed to wait longer than these within the US, with the NYC expertise launching in Might and the San Francisco one in June, however they do get one reward for his or her persistence – Vecna.
The fourth sequence’ villain is new for the UK and you will get the possibility to battle it out in opposition to him and pose for photographs alongside him on the finish of the expertise.
And after saving the Stranger Issues gang (and your complete city of Hawkins) you’ll rejoice by splurging on memorabilia at what is actually a mega present store and meals corridor mixed – all impressed by the present too, after all.
There’s the Surfer Boy pizza van, featured in sequence 4, promoting pepperoni slices and vegan paninis.
Or there’s the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlour, featured in sequence three, that not solely serves up gigantic banana break up sundaes topped with whipped cream and cherries, but in addition fried hen and waffles.
Plus there is a bar promoting Demogorgon and Hopper cocktails, an old-school video retailer and infinite photograph alternatives from the 80s-themed photograph sales space to a precise reproduction of the Byers’ iconic lounge coated in Christmas lights.
For mega followers like myself, it is nice – that is when you’re prepared to shell out an eye-watering minimal £41 per grownup for the hour-long expertise.
However you’d must have watched the present to actually get caught into the storyline with the role-play actors – except you have come solely for the 80s-themed grub.
I am unsure I will be Operating Up That Hill anytime quickly after my ice cream sundae.
GO: Stranger Issues: The Expertise
Purchase ice cream sundaes from Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor, featured in sequence threeCredit score: Sophie Swietochowski
Guests are greeted by actors in lab coatsCredit score: Sophie Swietochowski
You may really feel the breath of a demogorgon as he lunges in the direction of youCredit score: Stranger Issues
Pose for photographs alongside VecnaCredit score: Sophie Swietochowski