Crystal Maze


Crystal Maze

The 90s are back and back with a bang. I’ve got my bomber jacket on and I’m sitting here reliving the fact that I’ve just ticked one of my lifelong goals off my list.  How life loving is that?

Ever since I was a child, I’ve watched the Crystal Maze and longed for the opportunity to run though the four zones that make up the hit TV show and to finally end up in the Crystal Dome, catching gold tickets. If you’ve never seen it, I demand you turn on your TV, switch it to challenge and watch an episode. Not in the UK? No worries, just Google it. You’ll soon be hooked and yelling at the TV, as we did back in the 1990s.

That dream has now been realised. Last June I saw that there was a crowd-funding campaign to get the maze built, so I immediately marked it in my diary to make sure I was one of the first to get tickets. When the day rolled around, I popped some tickets in my basket, paid for them and the long wait commenced.

Almost a year later, I can proudly say that I have been and conquered (well maybe not conquered, we sadly didn’t get enough gold tokens to win us a 90s range rover driving experience) but we’ve been, seen and admirably competed.

Our team was made up of me, three friends and four lovely, friendly and super-smart randoms. I offered to be vice-team captain, proffering to step up in the serious situation that our captain was detained.

Crystal Maze

We flew around the four zones, stopping in each zone for a few games. They kept to the original version of the show (the Richard O’Brien era) with the Industrial, Medieval, Futuristic and Aztec zones. We started in the Aztec and secured 5 out of 5 crystals in this zone. On to Industrial, where we didn’t fare as well. Medieval and Futuristic proved better for us. I secured a crystal with a medieval stone puzzle completed in lightening quick time (our Maze Master said it was the quickest time she’d seen yet) but didn’t fare so well in an Industrial mystery. Overall our team, aptly named Team Tango after our orange bomber jackets, secured 12 crystals. That gave us one short minute in the dome.

I won’t go into any more details as I don’t want to ruin the surprise and delights for anyone who is planning to visit, but I will say that is was AWESOME! The maze was well put together, the little quirks that we all love from the original show were present.

Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze is located in a secret venue close to Kings Cross train station in London. Tickets to the Crystal Maze cost £50 or £60 per visit, depending on when you visit. I bought mine at the crowd-funding stage for just £30, but even if I didn’t, I would have happily shelled out the full price to fulfil one of my life long dreams. It was the best day out! I’d love to know if you are planning to go, or perhaps you’ve visited? What did you think?

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22 thoughts on “Crystal Maze

  1. I loved the Crystal Maze when I was little, this experience sounds absolutely fantastic! I’m glad you enjoyed it, it’s totally made me nostalgic for this show!
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  2. I heard about this! Sounds like a fun experience. I also loved the Crystal Maze when I was a kid – it was one of my favourite things. I was a bit confused the first time I saw the Rocky Horror Show (‘Wait – what is the Crystal Maze guy doing?? What do you mean he wrote it??’) #anythinggoes

    • Sally Sally says:

      I know exactly what you mean – it really confused me too. He’s obviously got a lot of talents.

  3. Avatar Fran Back With A Bump says:

    I read about this recently. How bloody amazing. I LOVED the crystal maze when I was a kid!! Bet you have done a fab time #bloggerclubuk

  4. Avatar Monica Gilbert says:

    My husband and I got tickets on the crowdfunding. We’ve got a few months until our date, and I’m looking forward to it. I first heard of the show after moving here 5 years ago and watched it on Challenge. I can see why you’ve dreamed of giving it a try.

    • Sally Sally says:

      I’m sure you’ll love it Monica. It’ll be well worth the wait. Pop back after you’ve been into the maze. I’d love to know what you thought.

  5. OMG amazing!! When I was in year 7 at school I was meant to go on a school trip to the Crystal Maze but it got cancelled. Much disappointment.

    This is immense though, I think I’m gonna have to look into getting tickets!

    • Sally Sally says:

      I can feel you disappointment from here, I would have been just the same. What a cool school trip if it had have happened. Yes you absolutely should, you’d love it.

  6. I have never heard of the Crystal Maze either, but since we were just there not too long ago I wish I’d known about it then and could’ve tried it out! Sounds like so much fun!

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was amazing (no pun intended!) it’s lovely when you can revisit life goals that you though were long gone.

  7. I live in Australia and I’ve never heard of the Crystal Maze – it shows how many things we have no idea about that are so interesting. Now I want to pop over and try it out 🙂

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