Since its opening in Toronto in March, Stranger Things: The Experience has been the go-to spot for fans of the show and curious attendees alike. Inspired by the iconic sci-fi show and developed in collaboration with the show creators, this rad journey through 1986 Hawkins calls you to save the ominous town, wander through Stranger Things set recreations and indulge in tempting food and drinks.
From the Byers’ living room to Scoops Ahoy, beloved places from the show come to life, transporting us into our favorite Netflix original.
The adventure is leaving on August 20, here’s why you should check out the epic adventure while it’s still in Toronto:
1. It sucks you right into your favorite show
If, like us, you’ve devoured Stranger Things from season 1 – 4, this experience at Cinespace Marine Terminal Studio is made for you. The nostalgic vibes of the show are emulated to perfection at Stranger Things: The Experience. We’re talking neon lights, retro photo-booths, references from the show, and even character appearances! The storyline has been carefully crafted by the creators of the series, so it’s a completely new experience through Hawkins and its mirror world. We can’t say too much, but we definitely were on the edge of our seats!
Plus, the ‘80s-inspired decor and activities makes Stranger Things: The Experience a cool place to be for adults and kids alike. Whether you’ve lived through it or not, the experience will have you feeling nostalgic for the bodacious decade!
2. The 3D portion will raise your adrenaline level
The 3D journey through the Upside Down had us gasping in surprise! We won’t spoil, since this is part of the immersive segment of the experience and we weren’t allowed to take photos, but every twist and turn felt so captivating and there’s so much we weren’t expecting to see. Armed with 3D glasses, we entered through a slimy portal with the mission to defeat Vecna’s and his infamous companions — demogorgons and demobats.
Our heart rates definitely spiked, so you’ll absolutely love this segment if you’re a fan of spooks and thrills. We’re not biased when we say this is the best part of the adventure!
3. There’s a delicious reward for your bravery at Mix-Tape
What’s a dangerous escape from the grips of the Upside Down without a reward? You’ll get to unwind after all your efforts at Mix-Tape, the retro area of the experience. There, absolutely no one will judge you for indulging in delicious pizzas from Surfer Boy’s, devouring one (or two) scoops of ice cream at Scoops Ahoy, and downing themed cocktails at The Upside bar. Consider it a safe space for food lovers where you can stay as long as you’d like.
Plus, if you’re looking for a souvenir of your thrilling experience through Hawkins, there’s plenty of exclusive merch sprinkled around Mix-Tape. Our favorite had to be the sleeveless jean jacket from the Hellfire Club section (I mean… it features Eddie Munson at the back) but we were also big fans of the collection at Starcourt Mall.
4. You can snap pics at iconic locations
In addition to merch, photos serve as a great souvenir of your time at Stranger Things: The Experience. Whether you’re a fan of the retro photobooth or more of a staged photo-op person, you’ll be sure to leave with so many snapshots. We definitely loved the photo opportunity at the Byers’ living room with all the Christmas lights, since the lovely staff assisted us with our shot. Oh and don’t forget to snap a photo with Vecna as you head out!
5. VIP tickets come with fun gifts!
The experience has a 4.48 star rating on Fever, with some attendees describing their sci-fi adventure as “intense” and “magical.” One person even added, “I was absolutely blown away by everything. Such an amazing (and strange) experience.” Stranger Things: The Experience has been touring across Europe in cities like London and Paris, and is now coming to Toronto after an acclaimed run in the US, after charming cities like NYC and L.A.
While you’re thinking about securing your spot to Stranger Things: The Experience, you might want to opt for the VIP option. You get priority access to the experience with a complimentary drink at The Upside and exciting themed gifts to take home with you! If you want to score a general admission ticket, you’ll get to live the experience to the fullest with this option as well. Regardless, we shall find you at Stranger Things: The Experience!