With the Stranger Things Experience landing in Seattle, it’s about time we get you up to date. You’re probably wondering what you can expect from the experience, how to get dressed, whether it’s actually family-friendly and so on and so forth. We’ll try to answer some of your most pressing questions right here, so keep reading for a full rundown of what you should look forward to at this thrilling adventure into the Upside Down.
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1. You’ll be transported back to the ’80s
The experience is especially immersive through its ‘80s-inspired decor. From the moment you’ll step through the doors of 1750 Occidental Ave, prepare to feel sucked into the bodacious decade. The neon lights, costumes from the actors and ‘80s references transport you back in time. If you were a kid in the ‘80s, the experience will surely be nostalgic. Otherwise, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience it for the first time! All attendees are open to dress up in their best ‘80s attire, whether that’s a simple baseball cap or a rad legwarmers-and-bomber-jacket combo. Ultimately, there is no dress code and you can come as you are!
2. It’s a completely new Stranger Things storyline
While Stranger Things: The Experience takes inspiration from the actual show, it’s a completely new experience into your favorite series. You’re called to participate in an eerie sleep study conducted by the Hawkins Lab — only it turns out to be more than that. You’ll also get to interact with actual characters, truly transporting you in the riveting sci-fi show. Bottom line: get ready for unexpected twists that have never been seen in the Netflix series.
3. The acting is absolutely jaw-dropping
The actors at the Stranger Things Experience completely transported us into the show. It felt really cool to meet new characters that weren’t in the series, as it added another layer to the beloved sci-fi show. There were so many moments where we had to pinch ourselves to figure out what was real and what wasn’t, so keep an eye out when it’s your turn to uncover the enigmas at the Hawkins Lab!
4. Your favorite sets from the show are recreated in all their glory
At Stranger Things: The Experience, you’ll get to see your favorite places from the show IRL! Crash on the Byers’ living room and recreate Joyce’s iconic Christmas lights scene, where she attempts to decipher a message from the Upside Down in order to save our beloved Will. Starcourt Mall will also come to life, with all of its rad fashion looks, sucking you into the hit show once more. And of course, one mustn’t forget Scoops Ahoy and Surfer Boy Pizza — the food spots that have impacted the gang’s adventure in more ways than one.
5. Expect family-friendly thrills, but beware of the demogorgons
Regardless of your age, your pulse will definitely be racing throughout the experience. At every corner, there are surprises, and families who have attended the experience in other cities spent an amazing trip into the Upside Down. But while the adventure is exciting, it can also be a bit overwhelming for kids below the age of 12. We definitely recommend bringing your kiddos, so long as they can handle a few splashes of demo grime!
6. There are awe-inspiring special effects
Honestly, this is the most interactive part of the adventure. Not only will you get to solve an interactive storyline that is completely different from season 1 through 4 of Stranger Things, you also got to live through it with the help of thrilling special effects! We definitely won’t spoil the experience for you, but just know goosebumps are guaranteed.
7. Photo stations are hassle-free
To keep the mystery alive, you won’t be able to snap photos of the first half of the experience. However, once you get to Mix-Tape, the medley of locations after the sleep study, you can be sure to snap away.
You’ll be assisted by kind staff members at every station, from snapping pictures at the Byers living room to immortalizing the moment at the photobooth of the experience. It comes in super handy for larger groups if you’re thinking about bringing all your loved ones with you!
8. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious food and drinks
If you’re a foodie, like us, and your appetite is always open, you’ll be glad to hear Stranger Things: The Experience has food and drinks galore. Plus, you can find them at actual places in the show! Grab a delicious pie at Surfer Boy Pizza and indulge in the decadent sundaes of Scoops Ahoy before taste-testing the offerings at The Upside bar. All of the cocktails at the bar are totally on theme with Stranger Things, with quirky names like “The Demogorgon” and “Friends Don’t Lie.” Plus, if you’re a VIP ticket holder, you get one of these themed cocktails as a complimentary gift!
9. The merch you’ll find at the experience is one-of-its-kind
What makes Stranger Things: The Experience truly unique is also its merch offerings. At Mix-Tape, you’ll find sections like the Hellfire Club or Starcourt Mall, where you can purchase exclusive merch that can’t be found anywhere else! If you’re looking to score a souvenir for that Stranger Things superfan in your life — or treat yourself to a nice gift — the experience is the place to be! What’s more, merch with the logo of your sleep study team will be available for purchase, so you can rep your set out in these Seattle streets!
10. The popular experience has charmed fans in previous cities
While this will be Stranger Things: The Experience’s first time in Seattle, it isn’t the adventure’s first rodeo! Before landing in Seattle, the experience has been to places like NYC, L.A. and San Francisco where it has constantly received rave reviews. Some have called it “the most intense and magical experience ever” that was “worth getting the VIP tickets.” Take it from them and save your spot for this thrilling journey into 1986 Hawkins!