Can you believe Micky Mouse is 90 years old this year and to celebrate this magical event, SoundsandSorcery have produced an immersive sound and visual journey within the deep underground London’s The Vault venue.
The journey takes each visitor through the music of Disney Fantasia while offering them a chance to explore and enjoy both live theatrical performances and light and computer generated displays.
The producers of this event is looking to entice both the visual and musical senses, as each visitor upon entering will be given their own headset which they can control their own Fantasia journey.
I have always enjoyed the immersive experience previously put on by The Vaults and I was very much looking forward to the evening ahead of me.
I must say that upon entrance, there was a little confusion with regards to where you register and where you went to pick up your headset, however, headset ready, the anticipation of what was behind those big white doors definitely builds the excitements.
The venue itself is free roaming so each visitor can spend as little or as long as they wanted in each of the three rooms (which I later discover!) after which you should enter the theatre where live actors dance and parade on stage using visual lighting to change moods and the music on the headphones to communicate with us.
The first room which we entered was like a magical forest, with hills of mushrooms and flowers that glow in the dark guide us deeper into the forest, the floors were filled with bark, which gave off the smell of the forest.
Next we moved to the what looked like the live stage, we was told that the live performance was available every 15 minutes, so we thought we would grab a drink and wait for it. After 20 minutes, we asked someone when the show would start, unfortunately, they couldn’t tell us, so we waited.. To be honest after what felt like an eternity, the lights changed and the actors arrived, by this time, we all felt a little underwhelmed and honestly I was not wowed by the show. I think it didn’t help that we had waited that long..
To make matters worse, when the show finished, we tried to go to the other two rooms, only to be told that the Sorcery room had now closed? I guess one of the downfalls of a free roaming is that you don’t know where you should be going and what order you should plan your visit.
We had raised this to one of the assistances with the white bow tie, but unfortunately as there were live actors involved, they couldn’t let us in. I must say, that did dampen our experience as well as waiting a very long time.
Not to let it get to us, we went to what was the volcanic room, the room was designed as if you was walking along erupted volcanoes, and by using clever lighting, it really looked liked it was erupting!
After this we moved along to what was the final room, the first part of a video display of a man on fire? I felt it was a tad graphic and to be honest a little odd, not something I would say I enjoyed, I did look around a little and I can see a few people also looking around not sure of what they are seeing in front of them. Once this concluded, the screen lifted to lead us into a tree filled woodland. I truly can’t say I understood the last room and left a little confused.
I guess, as each person is provided with their own headphones, and was free to wander as they wish, everyone experience would be different, as when I spoke to some of my friends who had also visited, and their experienced was totally different from mine, so I guess, you have to go and visit to see what experiences you come out with.
One recommendations I would suggest would be to make it clearer to people that they should visit the three rooms first before they move on to the live show, as I found out that the live show is timed with the end show, which would make sense. Also a time guide of when the live show starts to avoid unnecessary waiting time.
I was invited to attend this event by Love Pop Up London however all the reviews are my own.