A Live Rat Savors a Cup of Joe at The San Francisco Dungeon
(Photo Courtesy of The San Francisco Dungeon)


The Immersive Time-Traveling Attraction Now Hosting Rat Pop-Up Café Through
End of June

Rat-uccino, anyone? For the adventurous at heart, The San Francisco Dungeon will be launching The Rat Café, an immersive pop-up experience available for a limited time this summer, starting in June.

Be forewarned: the fare at this pop-up experience is neither locally grown nor sustainably sourced. Guests can sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham tablecloths… all while being surrounded by live rats. The special price starts at $29.99 per person and includes all-you-can-drink coffee and 15 minutes of interacting with the furry residents, as well as admission to The San Francisco Dungeon.

Guests who book this rodent encounter will arrive at The San Francisco Dungeon where they will be seated and served their coffee in the lobby reminiscent of the Barbary Coast. Once guests finish their cup of Joe and bid farewell to the rats, they will begin The San Francisco Dungeon experience, the first-of-its-kind attraction for North America, providing a 60-minute, live-action journey through 200 years’ worth of the Bay Area’s most riveting—and sinister—history. Located in Fisherman’s Wharf, the experience begins with a suspense-filled descent in a rickety mine-shaft elevator to a realm where theatrical actors, captivating storytelling, special effects and spectacular stages offer up a dark, atmospheric—and often hilarious—interpretation of the city’s deepest, darkest historical moments. From the Gold Rush to the Chinatown Plague (where more rats await!) to Alcatraz, interact with 10 distinct shows inspired by actual events from the city’s history. As visitors pass from one show to the next, professional actors transform into various shady characters such as Sam Roberts, the leader of the Gangs of San Francisco, or infamous bar owner and crimper, Miss Piggott and her partner-in-crime, Shanghai Kelly.

“We want to offer a frighteningly funny encounter with creepy-crawly critters you could only find at The San Francisco Dungeon,” says Matthew Clarkson, regional head of marketing for West Coast Midway Attractions, North America, Merlin Entertainments Group (parent company of The San Francisco Dungeon). “Drinking coffee while a rat is running around your feet? That’s not for the faint of heart.”

Guests can register here to be the first to be alerted when tickets officially go on sale.

The San Francisco Dungeon is the first attraction of its kind in North America, bringing to life the stories of the old Bay Area with a full theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets, an underground boat ride and the brand new drop ride, Escape Alcatraz. The San Francisco Dungeon is the ultimate live action journey through the Bay Area’s murky past where the audience is part of the show. Owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, the attraction opens daily at 10 a.m., 365 days a year. The San Francisco Dungeon is fully-ADA accessible is and located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf at 145 Jefferson Street next to Madame Tussauds San Francisco. For more information, click here.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s No. 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/four holiday villages in 23 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 26,000 employees (peak season).

Merlin has 25 attractions and two hotels in North America – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City, Missouri; Atlanta; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, North Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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Pet A Rat, Sip A Cappuccino This Summer at The San Francisco Dungeon
Rat-uccino, anyone? For the adventurous at heart, The San Francisco Dungeon will be launching The Rat Café, an immersive pop-up experience available for a limited time this summer, starting in June.