Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove recently brought a totally new, unique and immersive live theatrical fantasy experience to Utah County that has been years in the making.
The concept is novel, intriguing and almost too tantalizing to resist checking out for oneself. But if you’re anything like me, knowing exactly what to do when you get there might not be all that intuitive.
Here are a few tips for anyone planning or considering a trip to Evermore Park, based on my experience visiting on grand opening night.
— Sarah Harris, Daily Herald
Keep your mind open
The Evermore experience is a little hard to put into words, but I think the best way I could describe it is it feels like being inside a video game. The idea is once you’ve entered the park, you’ve actually stepped through a portal to another world, Evermore. You might initially feel a little silly embracing that idea, but it makes all the difference.
Talk to the characters
You’ll come across many actors wearing medallions as you journey through the park who have taken on the roles of Evermore characters including hunters, ghosts, elves, witches, goblins and nymphs, to name a few. The Evermore experience gets exponentially better once you start engaging with and learning about these characters, which then also helps you to accept their world. You must be proactive and ask questions if you want to understand the story of Evermore. The actors are friendly and open to talk, so don’t be shy.
There are quests
It took me a couple of hours in the Magical World of LORE to figure out there are several quests or missions visitors can embark on to learn more about the story of Evermore, help characters and solve mysteries. Part of this had to do with the fact I only had a map and didn’t get an Evermore passport when I entered the park, which I later found out contained several small papers with clues about different available quests and where to start. Exploring the park on your own is still fun, but the quests will send you from one place to the next on an exhilarating adventure.
Be prepared to wait in line
If you do embark on a quest, realize there are likely others on that same quest who need to talk to the same character as you do, so you’ll need to wait your turn. Be aware that others in line might also be at a different stage of the quest and go in separately as needed, so as not to ruin the experience for yourself or anyone else. My advice is to make the best of the time you spend waiting and get to know the people around you in line.
Wear good walking shoes
Though only a portion of the park is currently open, you’re bound to get plenty of walking in between the quests and plethora of things to see and do.
Notice the details
Take time to pay attention to and appreciate the intricate detail that went into creating the sights, smells and sounds of Evermore. From the unique architecture and imported items to the various special effects, it’s hard to believe you haven’t actually stepped through a portal to another world.