I have never heard of The Vaults until that one night where it just magically appeared on my Facebook home page and voila! (Those ads actually work.)
The Vaults is located under the Waterloo train station and they do different exhibits every few months.
When I saw that they were doing Fantasia, I knew I just had to go!
The tickets go from £30 for adults. If you go on weekends, it costs more. We went on a Friday and it cost us £38.
You walk in and already you feel that the night will be different.
You start off handing your tickets in and in return they give you headphones and a lanyard with an iPod hanging off it.
And then the “immersive music concert experience” begins..
The headphones starts whispering to you and you get in the first room where you lie down on circular couches.
The ceiling starts projecting visual art that moves along with the music that starts playing. It is so trippy.
I tried to take a picture but it didn’t really do it justice. (Mostly because it wouldn’t stop moving and I just ended up getting blurry shots.)
This goes on for about ten minutes. (Although I can’t be sure because you lose track of time.)
The song stops playing and then your headphones starts whispering to you again. They usher you out of the room and let you start queuing for the next room.
The one thing I noticed about all the rooms is that they are all so so damp. So best to leave coats in the cloakroom or not bring one at all.
The next room is the cauldron room. There are four actors doing their version of Fantasia. It was a bit nostalgic seeing the story being played by actors. They do the bit of the iconic water bucket and “Mickey Mouse”.
After this room, your headphones start telling you that you are free to pick which door to choose.
I found it really cool how sensitive the iPods were and how it changed music for every room.
We chose to enter the volcano room. I loved how we were trying to walk through the tunnels and trying to balance ourselves on some of the floors.
We then moved on to the flower room.
The Nutcracker Suite is up next. An ostrich, a hippo, an elephant and a crocodile starts dancing for the crowd.
The hippo was my fave!
If you go up the steps in front of the stage, you go up a mini exhibit for kids where they can design their own costume. You also get to control the clouds for the mini ballet show.
There is a nice bar where you can chill and grab a few drinks before you enter the last door. Make sure you have seen all that you want to see before you enter this part of the experience because you won’t be able to go back to the other rooms.
The last room is filled with benches for people to sit in front of the projector where they show a short film. (Another weird and quirky one.)
And then they open the cloth revealing a mystical forest where you can walk through before you make an exit.
The exit was an entrance to their bar / lounge area which was surprisingly quiet. The place was quite hip with old lecture chairs, projectors and cool art displays on the wall.
The night was fun and different–quirky.
London always has something new popping up and we never run out of things to see.
This exciting underground world is up until the end of September and you can book your tickets here.
Thanks for always being a trooper,