How many people can say that they spent the day with the celebrities? I mean this isn’t someone everyone does. When my children and I went to Myrtle Beach to enjoy the day, we decided to explore the Hollywood Wax museum. Let me tell you the questions that I was getting from the children, mama why do we want to see wax? That sounds really boring.
What do you think a wax museum is? A place to see candles? Wow! There aren’t many things you can say to that, I mean really? A museum about candles?
After explaining to them what a wax museum actually was, they were still hesitant but excited to try and see which celebrities they were going to see. When we arrived at the wax museum the children were instantly excited to see the gigantic gorilla on top of the building. I couldn’t park the car fast enough.
The Hollywood Wax museum, has three sections, the wax museum, the Hannah’s mirror maze and the zombie outbreak. To just do the wax museum the ticket price is $20 for adults or $27 to do all three with the All Access pass. To me that is a no brainer, do all three! Children 4-11 are $17.00 and under 3 is free.
When you enter the building, you are able to have your picture taken in the giant hand of King Kong, the kiddos loved making faces to show that they were scared! I preferred the nice happy picture but it was funny! (You can purchase those pictures for 10.00 at the end of your visit).
The museum is self guided, which I loved with three kiddos all the time you can take or not take is perfect. As you walk through the celebrity figures you follow the red carpet, and all of the celebrities are grouped together in themes. How about having a soda in a vintage soda shop with Elvis Pressley? Or cook in the kitchen with Martha Stewart.
I have to tell you that as much as I loved the wax museum, the statues were so life like, they kind of creeped me out. Hear me out for a second, you are standing next to this well created figure that is truly life like except for the fact that they are not breathing. I mean even their eyes look real, and then as you stand there you feel as if they are looking at you. Finally, imagine that this person is actually deceased. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go, as it is really cool but just let that soak in for a minute. During the walk through tour, there is a section of “monster” figures. They have these ones in a separate section so that children, do not have to see them. Of course my crazy children wanted to go in.
The museum is interactive; there are spots throughout where you can wear props to join in with the figurines. Wear a cape like Dracula or play guitar with Johnny cash. The kids loved every minute of it and I couldn’t help but smile each time when they asked “Mama, take my picture!” You can pose with any celebrity just be careful not to touch them. This was something that was hard for Bean, he kept trying to see if they were real!
When you finish your Hollywood red carpet tour, you head to Hannah’s house of mirrors. If you have ever been to a fun house at a carnival then you will be right at home. Once you scan your ticket then you walk into a little room and watch a video message from the king, explaining how they are trapped inside a mirror. The kiddos loved the tunnel where you walk and the room spins. They wanted to stay in there the entire time; I on the other hand was not enjoying the room spinning! Then all of a sudden you are in a maze of mirrors. It was a blast, there were so many moments of laughter that we actually sat down at one point to keep from walking into the mirrors.
Bean, who is three, struggle in the maze, he wanted so badly to be the one who solved the maze that he kept running into the mirrors. Eventually, he was able to put his hands up and use them to help guide into the open spaces. As you solve the maze, there are other people in the maze walking around and it can be confusing but oh so much fun. Once you make it through the maze of mirrors, there is one more set of rooms to go through and you are finished.
The last section to the all access pass is the Outrbreak, zombie maze! (sorry no pictures as you aren;t allowed to take them) So, let me tell you this proved to be the most difficult portion of the museum for me. I was in a tough situation, I had two children who didn’t want to go and one who did. Peanut wasn’t able to go by himself and I couldn’t leave the younger two alone. Having the all access tickets we had the option to do the zombie outbreak or to do the Hannah’s mirror maze again. That’s the other cool thing about the all access tickets, they can scan certain sections twice, as long as you complete a total of three sections.
Back to the zombie outbreak, Peanut is the oldest and lots of time ends up having to do the younger activities so I decided we would do the zombie outbreak. I picked up Pumpkin and Bean and away we went. Outbreak starts by watching a couple minute movie explaining what happened to create the zombies. It is like a haunted house, and has real life “zombies” that jump out to scare you, they will not touch you which I appreciated.
Outbreak is loud and has a lot of sensory experiences going on, water misted on you, air puffing from all directions, some flashing lights and periods of complete darkness. I highly suggest that you not do this section with little ones. I carried two children through and it gave me a killer arm workout! I am still sore as I am writing this. It took us about 20 minutes to make it through the zombie maze. Peanut liked it and wanted to do it again but there was no way! The little’s had their ears covered and their faces buried in my neck, yup parenting fail.
All and all the Hollywood Wax Museum was a great way to spend the afternoon, the kiddos loved all of the different things they were able to do and I loved there was literally something for everyone to do. Take the afternoon and go spend it with celebrities!