Remember when Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” took over our FYPs, and when big baddie Vecna had a chokehold on our collective consciousness? It’s time to relive those wet squelching moments with this upcoming event.
Stranger Things – The Encounter: Singapore is set to bring the deep, dark, and dangerous Upside Down to sunny Singapore this June, and we highly recommend you to run, not walk, to the thrilling experience.
Brought to us by The Mighty Jaxx Group and Netflix, the immersive retail experience will be held at Bugis+ from 30 June to 1 October 2023, where fans of the popular Netflix franchise will get to walk in the shoes of our favourite protagonists — Eleven, Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin — in a world dripping with 80s nostalgia, and well, other less savoury monsters and their squelchy parts.
This event also follows the success of other similar experiences, namely Netflix’s Stranger Things: The Official Store, an experience that popped up in major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Paris and Milan last year.
With that said, here’s what you can expect for Singapore’s outpost. There will be two levels at Bugis+ dedicated to the experience — a complimentary Stranger Things Visitor Center on Level 2, and The Encounter on Level 7, which spans about 45 minutes and with entry tickets starting at $39 per person on weekdays.
If you’re a huge fan of Stranger Things, it’s obvious that Level 7 is where it’s at. The Encounter takes us back into the glorious 80s as we join Hawkin High’s Hellfire Club for Game Night, as well as a trip to iconic locations such as Joyce’s House, The Lab, The Upside Down, and even the creepy Creel House, flickering lights and all, before “things turn uʍop ǝpısdn”. While we’re not exactly sure what that entails, there are some hints that we can expect an encounter or two from Vecna and the Demogorgons.
Once you’ve managed to make it out alive with your souls and limbs very much intact, you’ll be in for several treats at both Scoops Ahoy and Surfer Boy Pizza, where, hate it or not, you’ve got to go for pineapple on pizza. Try before you deny!
A less scary but impressively immersive Starcourt Mall Area completes the 80s throwback, accessible with an alternative $15 Starcourt pass, where fans get to find a wide variety of exclusive Stranger Things merchandise.
Back at Level 2, this area is open to all mall guests, and features a Palace Arcade-themed area that allows for plenty of photo opportunities, a Demopets statue, and a retail zone for select Stranger Things merchandise.
Early bird ticket sales start from 16 May to 31 May, where fans can purchase discounted tickets, while regular ticket pricing applies from 1 June 2023.
‘Stranger Things – The Encounter: Singapore
- Date: 30 June to 1 October 2023
- Opening times: Mon to Thu, 2pm – 10pm ; Fri, Sat & Sun, 10am – 10pm. Time slots available every half hour.
- Location: Bugis+, 201 Victoria St, Singapore 188067, Level 2 Stranger Things Encounter – Visitor Center and Level 7 Stranger Things Encounter – Event Hall
- Tickets start at $15 for access into the Starcourt area, $39 for a full Encounter, while a Mega Merchandise Bundle Pack and Priority Pass is available for $109. A free opportunity is available for photo moments on Level 2.
More information and booking of tickets at strangerthingsencounter.com.