Cute mushroom characters have been around for decades. Take a look at our top pop culture ‘shrooms.
Alice in Wonderland
From the original novel to two blockbuster movies, mushrooms feature heavily in Alice in Wonderland.
In both of the movies, mushrooms decorate the beautiful forest floor. They become props for main characters and change their appearance. Starting with strange encounters with a talking caterpillar to being watched by the Cheshire Cat.
In the novel, Alice eats one side of the Mushroom and begins to grow at an alarming rate.
She then grabs at the other side of the mushroom and gobbles this up, causing her to shrink! The mushrooms affect her scale and size and in turn, her place in Wonderland.
There’s no denying that the colour and ambience of the mushroom forest in Alice in Wonderland is a visual treat. Bring the story to life with your kids, experience Mushroomed and re-enact your favourite Alice in Wonderland scenes at Cockle Bay Wharf.
Mario Kart is one of the most loved video games in the world. Not surprising considering it’s heaps of fun to play. The Mushroom characters in the Mario universe are firm fan favourites and we’ve all fought to be Toad before.
Toad is the cute sidekick of Princess Peach and leader of the Mushroom Kingdom. Did you know he appears in 139 Mario games?!
Alongside Toad are the lesser-known Toadette and Toadsworth. Toadette is Toad’s female counterpart. Toadette first appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as a secret character along with Toad. She’s been known to be great pals with Peach, Toadsworth and Mario.
Toadsworth is often seen accompanying Princess Peach. An old Toad who has been Princess Peach's steward for a long time, he’s been known to time travel and has been Peach’s long-time caregiver.
Dress up as your favourite mushroom characters and explore our mushroom kingdom!
Legend of Zelda
Originally made for Nintendo and released in 1986, The Legend of Zelda is a pop culture icon. Released only three years after the original Nintendo, it’s stood the test of time.
Mushrooms regularly pop-up throughout Legend of Zelda to aid your journey. Their special powers are usually restorative, having a positive effect on your character’s health. There’s a plethora of them across the game-scape: Sunshroom, Big Hearty Truffle, Silent Shroom and Rushroom. They can even create magic powder for powerful enchantments.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Back to the world of movies. They’ve got the Golden Ticket and they’re inside Willy Wonka’s marvellous chocolate factory. When the children and their guardians’ step into the Chocolate Room, they’re greeted by the chocolate river and enormous candy coloured mushrooms. As Augustus Gloop falls foul of the chocolate river and the children leave, the Oompa Loompas harvest the mushrooms for chocolate fillings.
Feed your sweet tooth and your imagination at our mushroom wonderland. Find it at Cockle Bay Wharf until Saturday 15 June.