I’m scripting this on the heels of a whirlwind three-night go to to Disney World (be looking out for a lot of, many tales about that journey quickly) and days away from repacking my suitcase for a return journey to Orlando for Common’s Halloween Horror Nights.

I clearly spend an excessive amount of time in Florida, however you do not have to go to the Sunshine State to get your fill of themed experiences.

This month, I am sharing a pair of wildly completely different — however equally immersive — experiences themed to fashionable leisure franchises. I will additionally present particulars on how one can comply with together with an upcoming occasion the place Disney releases all the most important information on what’s coming subsequent for its theme parks, cruise ships and extra.

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Magical ‘Harry Potter’ walkthrough expertise involves Chicago


“Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone” — the primary in a collection of seven books and eight films that sparked a cultural phenomenon — has maintained a stronghold on aspiring wizards and witches of all ages for greater than 25 years.

Starting this fall, followers of the collection can step into Harry’s magical world on the interactive Harry Potter: Magic at Play expertise.

The occasion launches on Nov. 11, 2022, at Water Tower Place in Chicago and runs by Could 14, 2023. The remodeled house will lead company on a journey by acquainted settings from the books and movies. Highlights embody Harry’s house at 4 Privet Drive, Hogwarts College of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Forbidden Forest and extra.

Visitors can have the chance to observe their spellcasting, hone their Quidditch abilities and sip Butterbeer.

Tickets can be found now and pricing begins at $37.50 for adults and $29.50 for kids age 9 and beneath.

Go to Hawkins and the ‘Upside Down’ in San Francisco and London


If Demogorgons and Dungeons and Dragons are extra your velocity, be part of Eleven, Mike, Will and the gang on their mission to save lots of Hawkins, Indiana, — and the world — from no matter weirdness is occurring over in Hawkins Nationwide Laboratory.

Stranger Issues: The Expertise is greater than a walkthrough, it is an immersive theatrical efficiency the place you simply occur to be one of many stars of the present.

Fairly than following the storyline of the present, the creators of Stranger Issues: The Expertise developed an authentic storyline the place you’re a research participant at Hawkins Nationwide Laboratory, very similar to Eleven was within the first season of the present (although you are there as a volunteer check topic).

After all, should you’ve seen the present, you already know the experiments within the lab aren’t as harmless as they appear and you will quickly be pressured to check your powers within the Upside Down as you face the otherworldly creatures from the hit Netflix present.

It’s also possible to take part in additional low-stakes actions like visiting an 80s-style arcade, consuming ice cream at Scoops Ahoy and snapping footage in a wide range of themed picture ops.

Tickets for Stranger Issues: The Expertise are presently on sale for each San Francisco and London venues. Further cities can be introduced sooner or later. Commonplace admission begins at $58 for adults and $44 for youths ages 5 to 17, although it is just advisable for ages 13 and up and children beneath 5 is not going to be admitted.

The right way to tune in to main upcoming Disney parks information


As I write this month’s roundup, we’re simply over two weeks away from the last word Disney fan occasion.

The D23 Expo takes place each two years in Anaheim, California. The occasion offers Disney nerds a sneak peek at new Disney movies and exhibits, and the prospect to see uncommon footage from basic Disney films, hear from legendary Disney animators and Imagineers, store for unique merchandise and a lot extra. This 12 months’s occasion takes place from Sept. Sep 11, 2022.

Most significantly for somebody like me who so usually writes about Disney’s theme parks, that is the occasion the place Disney all the time drops the most important bulletins for its parks and cruise ships.

Throughout this occasion in 2017, Disney introduced they might construct a “Guardians of the Galaxy” coaster and an immersive “Star Wars” lodge at Disney World and a Marvel tremendous hero themed land at Disney California Journey.

In 2019, we realized extra about Epcot’s monumental transformation, the brand new Disney Genie trip-planning service and particulars of Disney Cruise Line’s first new ship in a decade, the Disney Want.

That is the primary 12 months I will cowl the occasion in particular person so I can deliver you Disney’s latest desires ASAP. I can not wait to search out out what this 12 months’s expo will deliver. I definitely hope you will stick round for my protection, however if you’re as deep into the Disney fandom as I’m, you possibly can comply with together with the D23 Expo from house.

Most of the panels all through the weekend can be stay streamed, together with the Disney Parks, Experiences and Panels panel the place all the massive information will get dropped. You’ll be able to see the total streaming schedule and viewing directions on the D23 Expo web site.

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