This past Wednesday night we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood for the latest addition to Wizarding World Hollywood. The AMAZING "Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle".
While the show doesn't debut until June 23 we hope you'll enjoy this sneak peek which includes video and a LOT of pictures.
Written by Gregg Condon
Before we get started with the update we wanted to give you a heads up that Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook will host a Facebook Live event to stream the all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” experience at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on Friday, June 23 at 8:45pm PST
Welcome to Hogwarts
We'll start off with a few of our favorite shots of the show
It's quite simply the best projection mapping we've ever seen.
Full video of the all new show.
Just a quick note: We attempted something new during the show which was mounting a GoPro on top of the DSLR so we could make sure we got great video and pictures during the event. While we are VERY pleased with how this came out visually, unfortunately the shutter on the DSLR made the audio a bit more muddled than we'd like. We'll be coming up with ways to remedy this in the future. But we hope you enjoy the video nonetheless. =)
Some more of our favorite shots of the show
The show is simply stunning
We took so many pictures we didn't know which ones to include, so we included about 90 of them in the slideshow below. We hope you enjoy!!
This show is truly amazing and unlike some other shows it won't take a lot of time out of your evening at the park, it's only about 5-6 minutes long. Which IMO is long enough for those of us who don't enjoy dedicating hours and standing in one spot for long periods of time to see a nighttime show.
Be sure you check it out soon. The show officially opens on June 23 but you may be able to catch a preview before then.
A few more random pics from our visit.
A new Despicable Me photo spot is up on the upper lot
Looks like they are doing some work near Universal Plaza
The back wall for the new storefront/restaurant is up
Because why not
Shrek 4D soon to be ...
You know =)
Don't look sad ... Banana!!
Even though it's been soft open for a few weeks, last Thursday was the official grand opening of Margaritaville at Universal Studios Hollywood. The awesome event included lots of food and drinks and a performance by none other than Jimmy Buffett himself.
We also headed back to Margaritaville later in the weekend for some more food and fun. They've priced the food and drinks to attract locals to the restaurant and it seems to be paying off. Lots of great fun to be had.
We'll also have a small park update as well at the bottom.
Written by Gregg Condon
Looks like we're in the right place
They streamed the Jimmy Buffett performance out at CityWalk so everybody could see.
We still get kind of shocked to be included in such awesome events. Hope we never lose that. =)
It was almost 5 O'Clock
Lots of food to try
Watermelon Margarita ... soooooo good
Added some Carne Asada
Had to add some Lava Lava shrimp, Cheesburger in Paradise slider and Ahi Kale salad. All were amazing.
Oh, and Jimmy Buffett performing.
Dine on a surfboard
Still need to find this sign
Some of the decor of the restaurant
We decided to head back to Margaritaville a few days later on Sunday. We had a great meal and everything is very reasonably priced. They are pricing the food and drinks to attract locals which is VERY smart.
This was only $10 and fed both of us, and we didn't even finish it.
Some additional event pictures courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood. Thanks again for inviting us out!!
We were going to do a separate update for the park but we have a lot of updates this week, so we figured we'd just include it here.
Some Fate of the Furious vehicles are now on display outside Unviersal Cinema
Wow, a nice looking security area. =)
They've added X-Ray machines to the security checks
The Universal Globe is almost done with it's refurb
On Thursday they were doing some more work around Universal Plaza
By Sunday it was all done
One of the dino's at Jurassic Park: The Ride is ill. =)
Not sure if we ever showed you the new Mummy Treats, but here it is.
Work continues on the 4th Starway
Beetlejuice says thanks for reading!! Have a great week everybody!!
As we ease into the New Year we're starting to get back into our general update pattern and today we've got our first Universal Studios Hollywood Update of the new year.
Even though we know/have heard of a lot of new things coming right now it seems that most everything is kind of small. We don't really like to say definitively what's coming until we know 100% but that doesn't mean it's not fun to speculate. ;)
If you haven't used Metro to the park yet, it's really easy and the new pedestrian bridge makes it super easy to do.
Wizarding World always looks great, but I think we can all admit there's something special about seeing it in the rain. Maybe because this is really the first time we've been able to see it in the rain was just within the last few weeks?
The 5 minute waits for Forbidden Journey don't hurt either.
The employees in this shot almost equal the amount of guests.
Krusty's mouth ... the ride.
A new Starway is being added to bring guests up and down the hill. For future capacity or something or other. ;)
Imagine that, a park taking advanced steps and improving their infrastructure before crowds show up.
Of course, any time you have construction and rain you get mud. Wheeeee!!!
Everything is so green in CA right now, it's so nice for a change.
Down at the bottom you can see all of the work being done to add more Starway capacity.
I mean, it's already raining, might as well. =)
Seriously, even cell phone pics of Wizarding World look amazing in the rain.
The cold and rain make cool effects on the CityWalk fountain
Speaking of CityWalk, these pics are a few days old but we figured we'd include them here.
Work is FINALLY being done on Voodoo Donuts.
Margaritaville is also looking great, they've been hiring so if you're looking for a job at CityWalk be sure to follow @ushjobs on Twitter.
Alrighty, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We should hopefully be back at the park soon for the Lunar New Year which is beginning soon. We'll be sure to get more pics of the park projects when we do.