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We recently stopped into Universal Studios Hollywood to catch the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle projection show. Come take a look, if you dare.
Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle is running on select nights from March to August, from dusk to park close.
You can catch it on the following nights:
March 25 – April 16
May 27 – 29
June 17 – August 13
You can watch the full show above courtesy of our YouTube channel.
Universal describes the nighttime spectacular as, “As darkness falls at Hogwarts castle, Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures cloak the stone walls with sinister images from the darker side of magic. Experience the fire-engulfed army of Inferi, the soul-draining breath of Dementors and the haunting image of Lord Voldemort as you stare in awe at the castle’s takeover. This powerful spectacle is accompanied by an atmospheric musical score created by John Williams.”
As you can see in the photo above, images of Borgin and Burkes. This is a shop in the mysterious Knockturn Alley. It specializes in Dark items and artifacts.
Projections of flames encapsulate the Castle.
Spooky images of Death Eaters are casted upon the Castle as well.
Lord Voldemorts face appears on one of the towering spires on the Castle before vanishing into a cloud of smoke.
Just then, we see an image projected onto the Castle unlike the other evil ones before it. We see Professor Snape’s Patronus — the doe.
An image of the doe Patronus is then protected into the sky using drones for the grand finale. While both Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood both feature Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, only Universal Studios Hollywood has the Patronus drone finale.
An ominous green color lights up the Castle once more.
What do you think of Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle? Let us know in the comments.
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If you’re a Disney+ subscriber that loves Indiana Jones, you’re going to want to keep reading! (Grab some popcorn while you’re at it, though.)
In honor of the first four Indiana Jones movies arriving on Disney+, shopDisney is ready to celebrate by allowing those with active Disney+ accounts to get exclusive Disney merchandise online.
Quite a bit of Indiana Jones merchandise just landed online, and in order to get it, you’ll just have to log in to shopDisney with the same email that is associated with your Disney+ account. There are so many cool pieces of merchandise to choose from, but we’ll show you our favorites. Let’s go!
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Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, our insider tips and tricks will have you exploring the parks like never before. So come along with us, and get planning your most magical vacation ever!
One of the more memorable stories of Splash Mountain’s closure at Walt Disney World earlier this year were the exorbitant prices paid for a small amount of the attraction’s water. With several guests attempting to do the same on its last day at Disneyland yesterday, Cast Members took matters into their own hands.
Splash Mountain Water Collectors Warned
A video shared on Twitter by user @JinxEverywhere shows a guest on their last ride aboard Splash Mountain yesterday. While in the iconic “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” finale scene, a Cast Member comes over the PA system to warn guests “Please do not collect the water. Please dump the water, thank you.”
As of publishing, a search for Splash Mountain water on eBay turns up 44 results including plenty from Walt Disney World. Some guests have bottled them up in anything from regular bottles to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-exclusive Coca-Cola bottles.
Others put them in mason jars or vials with fun themed labels based on art for the attraction. Around six or seven of these have actually sold since the attraction closed yesterday.
What do you think about the Splash Mountain water sellers? Let us know in the comments below!
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
The original Splash Mountain first opened at Disneyland in July 1989. The attraction closed permanently on May 30 to be transformed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is expected to open in 2024.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure takes place after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.” Tiana’s Foods is an employee-owned community food co-op established by Tiana in 1927, following the success of her restaurant, Tiana’s Palace. The co-op is housed inside a salt mine, with growers planting crops along the old Splash Mountain waterway. Guests will ascend through a mill house built into the side of the mountain.
The Splash Mountain landscaping will be updated to make it look more like a Louisiana bayou. The iconic tree that was included in the original concept art will be also removed as it doesn’t fit the new backstory.
This re-envisioned attraction will follow Tiana venturing into the bayou to find animal friends. She’ll be hosting a party for the people of New Orleans, but missing a special ingredient. Some of the original cast will be providing their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), Michael Leon Wooley (Louis), and Jennifer Lewis (Mama Odie).
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Disney’s upcoming “Moana” live-action remake has hired the “Hamilton” Broadway director Thomas Kail to direct the film.
‘Hamilton’ Director Hired for Live-Action ‘Moana’
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s new “Moana” live-action remake will be utilizing Tony-Award winning Broadway director Thomas Kail, known for his work with “Hamilton” for the film’s production.
“Moana” screenplay author Jared Bush wrote the remake, working alongside Dana Ledoux Miller.
Dwayne Johnson will be returning to reprise the role of Maui, the tattooed demigod of the wind and sea. Johnson is also producing the film via his Seven Bucks Productions studio along with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Beau Flynn is also producing via Flynn Picture Co.
Seven Bucks Productions studio expresses their desire for the film to celebrate the islands, communities and traditions of Pacific Islanders.
‘Moana’ Comes to Life
At Disney’s April shareholders meeting, Dwayne Johnson appeared with his two daughters and a massive Maui hook, revealing the new film was in the works with his direct involvement.
The original film grossed almost $683 million worldwide, placing it among the top five financial performances for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film since 1994. A musical with intricate artistry and adventurous spirit, it also prioritized a respectful and culturally immersive celebration of people and environments across the Pacific Ocean’s countless islands. The two leads embodied this: Dwayne Johnson spent much of his life in Hawai’i and has family heritage rooted in Sāmoa, whilst Auli’i Cravalho is both kamaʻāina (someone of the land, referring to those who have called Hawai’i home regardless of ancestry) and kānaka (referring to someone who is of Native Hawaiian ancestry).
The ʻāina (land) is central to Hawaiian culture and life, reflected in the motto of Hawai’i first uttered by King Kamehameha III: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono — the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. It will be interesting to see how a live-action re-telling of this story incorporates the landscape of the islands and the message of ensuring their health and well-being.
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