I have been to Madame Tussauds a few times in my life and each time I remember having to queue. I don’t think I have ever driven past when there wasn’t a long queue to get in and Wednesday was no exception.
I met a couple of friends who had never been to Madame Tussauds before. They asked if we should stay in the queue and we agreed we would ask at the door how much longer the wait would be before deciding to stick with it or try Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
We laughed at the people who had come ready prepared with pack lunches and at the signs declaring a 3 hour wait from this point, happy in the knowledge the sign had been turned round and was really advertising a special entrance discount for other attractions.
After queuing for hours before getting within sight of the ticket desk only to see 5 tills and only 1 open the laughter wore off. During the school holidays you would expect increased traffic through the doors; there were signs to say that the tills were periodically shut to minimise congestion but having 1 till open was ridiculous with the volume of people waiting.
We probably spent an hour maximum walking round the wax works. Some of which I remember seeing on past visits. We were unimpressed with a number of the likenesses and some we just couldn’t see at all.
Inside the wax works were surrounded by people waiting to have their photographs taken with each and every model, which often made it hard to see.
I didn’t bother to take many photo’s myself but I had to make a special effort to take a photo of the Happy One, although I’m not entirely convinced on the likeness.
For the One Direction fans their wax works are arranged on benches in a garden area and you have to queue again to get access to the area to have a professional photo taken with the models.
There were a couple of new features since the last time I went. They have introduced a new ride; Scream and there was a 4D Marvel super hero movie but we didn’t sample these.
We enjoyed the Spirit of London Taxi Ride as it was the first opportunity we had to sit down for hours by this point.
A lot of people seemed to enjoy their day but after all the queuing I felt it didn’t live up to its promise. The entrance fee is quite expensive at £30 for an adult but it seemed most people were using vouchers to get reduced entrance fees.
I would say if you are thinking of going pre-book your tickets, the queue was still quite long but I think you would go straight to the attractions rather than have further queuing inside to get to the till area.