My youngest had seen this attraction advertised on the Internet and thought it looked beautiful so we were very keen for our review visit to arrive. With the illuminations only happening from the 4th of September to the 8th of November you are restricted when you can see Blackpool lit up, but that’s not such an issue anymore Illuminasia is open all year round (7 days a week during high season) and you no longer feel like you have missed out!
We were spellbound from start to finish, admittedly the attraction is quite short but what they do have there still justifies the entrance fee in my opinion because how often can you walk around such an attractive setting. Adults and children alike can also do The Discovery Trail answering a series of questions as they work there way around Illuminasia; this proves quite educational and also prolongs the time spent there. At the end the boys were happy to be presented with a certificate for their efforts, so that’s a nice addition to the visit.
Considerable work and effort has been put into creating a magnificent indoor illuminations display, 56 Chinese artisans took three months to construct it using 20,000 square metres of fabric, 27 tons of steel and 35,000 lamps. It was a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of town, a visually stunning experience that captured the attention of everyone in the family. The accompanying music left me feeling calm and tranquil which is quite an achievement after the loud busy streets of Blackpool.
There are plenty of opportunities to take spectacular pictures if you have a good camera and a little skill, even an amateur with a smart phone such as myself can have a lot of fun as the place is full of mesmerising exhibits. The 3D viewing section is excellent; the dragons especially seem to come really close I actually jumped! You have to pay an extra £1 each for the use of the 3D glasses but that is a refunded on their safe return.
At the end of the attraction you can watch a laser show which the boys seemed to enjoy and take advantage of the reasonable priced café. I think it’s probably worth buying tickets when you arrive to Blackpool, as they seem more expensive through ticketmaster but we are very glad we had an opportunity to visit and would definitely recommend it to anyone.