Madame Tussauds Sydney opened its doors on the 18th of April 2012. It is a great experience for a nice day out. Me and my friend were lucky enough to get invited to the Madame Tussauds grand opening.
So we thought we would go along and see what it’s all about. So we were waiting in front of Madame Tussauds and we got a great welcome from the nice and delicious Leonardo Dicaprio! Well that’s a good start to the evening
Once inside, they took a picture of us on a surfboard with the famous female surfer Layne Beachley, after that we went to the 9 different zones like History, World Leaders, Sports, Music, Authentic History, Culture, TV studio, Film and the A-list. We took so many photos of all the celebrities. Once we were at the World Leaders we had a chat with Barack Obama and talked politics with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
When we were at the music zone we played some country music, had some ”Grease” memories with Olivia Newton John, felt like a star with Rihanna and we did some dance moves with Michael Jackson!
We walked through the Authentic History room and saw the lovely Oprah Winfrey and we shared some champagne with her. The history room was amazing, they made it such a nice room, it feels like if you were in their time at that moment… Really cool!!!
We also saw the BEAUTIFUL Marilyn Monroe and took so many pictures with her, You just gotta love her!!
After we saw all the great zones we went to the party zones, where there were celebrities, like Brangelina, Lady Gaga, Leonardo Dicaprio and many more, including the gorgeous Johnny Depp.
It takes about 3 months to make the wax figures and 6 weeks to insert a full head of hair. Each figure costs $220,000 and there are over 20 artists who are involved in making each wax figure. It takes like 800 hours of moulding, painting and sculpting.
When they start making the wax figures they invite the person in for a sitting and they take detailed measurements and take many photo’s. They need more than 250 measurements and photos of one subject before they can make the figure. The sculptors use the measurements and photo’s to make a clay model of the head. Next they make a skeleton of the body so they can create the right shape.
All figures are made 2% larger than they actually are because the wax will shrink. Once the wax is ready it will be time for the hair and makeup. And when that is done they are finally ready to show their figures in Madame Tussauds. In the Sydney Madame Tussauds you will find that of the 70 wax figures 60% are Australian celebrities.
Also good to know is that you can make a wax figure of your own hand! For one hand you will pay $25, for two hands $35, and 4 hands are $80.