Our family was invited to the media premiere of the much anticipated Enchant Christmas Light Maze in Vancouver, BC last night. For the first time, I am at a loss of what to write about this night and tossed and turned for a few hours last night on it all. Our expectations were very sadly crushed from start to finish. Seeing how there were lots of promises to those attending the media night and many did not see those promises I am going to rather talk about the pros and cons if you were to go on a regular night.
Let’s start with the pro’s.
1.) Your kids will love the maze. It takes very little to please little ones and by adding in a little hide and seek with the Reindeer our children were thrilled to go around and find them all. Each child or big kid even can receive a card with snowflakes and the names of the Reindeer on it. They then have to go around the maze looking for each and getting a stamp for completion. They may even run into Santa Clause on their hunt!
2.) Lots of beautiful picture opportunities within the maze. The lights are beautiful and I may have appreciated them more if we weren’t being poured rain on. I loved the tunnel and the hanging lights.
3.) The market. They have a fairly large market set up and the best part, it is covered. The market is also a place to purchase some popcorn, mulled wine, and hot drinks.
4.) Cheap parking. Apparently, there are a few spots for free parking on site but we were told on our way there that friends tried to park there and were turned down saying it was for staff only so we did not even try. They told us of an underground parking lot that was very close by, on Wylie between 1st and 2nd ave. It was only $4 for the night and about a 5 minute walk to the event.
5.) The food trucks. If you are a foodie and it is in your budget to purchase food you will enjoy the options. Gourmet hot dogs, classic mini donuts and more.
Now for the Con’s
1.) The maze is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. We are lucky to have a stroller that does very well on rough terrain. I would suggest bringing a carrier if you have a little one that gets tired quickly or try and have them just walk. Also, be prepared with the proper footwear as it is starting to become a mud pit in there.
2.) Not a lot of covered seating area. There is only one area for this and with the media night having “only” 1000 people in attendance there was nowhere dry to sit down and eat or get warm for a little bit. The rest of the nights they are expecting around 10,000 people so I see this being an even bigger issue if the rain continues.
3.) The ticket prices. In our families opinion, the ticket prices were not worth it for us. It would have been great if there were an extra covered area for children to either color, do a craft or even have a story time with the book that they are selling and promoting. This may change our opinion on the ticket pricing.
Adult tickets 16+ $19.95
Child 6-15 years $14.95
Family Pass $59.95 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
4.) There were some exposed wires that we noticed while walking through the maze. Along with other things just stuffed in corners. Hopefully, things will be cleaned up a bit more for the remainder of the nights.
5.) The rain. This is of course out of their control but with the lack of covered seating and the fact that most things are out in the open it would definitely be best to try and pick a day where the rain is not a factor. Which may be difficult as days are selling out and you might not have a chance to pick the day you would like.
6.) I’m adding in a 6th as I read the reviews coming in each day. I am seeing that the lines are extremely long for both food, drink and to get into the maze.
We MAY try and go another night when the rain stays away. I asked all the kids this morning what their thoughts were on the night and they all agreed that they liked the maze but it would have been nice if it wasn’t raining. I agree with them.