Wizarding World of Harry Potter Nighttime Show

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The west coast version of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has received an upgrade. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s flagship attraction has replaced its 3D projectors with 4K projectors running at 120 frames-per-second. This brings it more in line with the Florida version of the ride, which never utilized 3D in the first place. Speaking of upgrades, Universal Studios Japan will is set to debut a new nighttime show where evil Dementors are projection-mapped into the sky…which just sounds terrifying.

Water parks aren’t known for their spectacular cuisine, but Universal Studios’ Volcano Bay (which opens next month) has been billing itself as a next-generation water park. Does that mean good food? This video is here to convince you.

It has to be a coincidence that the backstory for Universal’s Volcano Bay sounds an awful lot like Moana. Right? Right?!

As Volcano Bay gets ready to open, Universal has revealed what they will do with the space formerly occupied by Wet n’ Wild, the legendary water park they acquired and promptly closed: they’re building a hotel.

Meanwhile, Comcast has just spent $2.3 billion to take full ownership of Universal Studios Japan, which was previously co-owned by a number of different partners.

Twister: Ride it Out may be gone, but the new Race Through New York attraction pays tribute to the late attraction and its late star, Bill Paxton, with a number of amusing Easter eggs. Like many theme park in-jokes, you have to squint to find them, but they’re worth it.

Meanwhile, Race Through New York has entered technical rehearsals and you can watch a video of the lavish queue line in the video above. Inside the Magic also offered their thoughts on the attraction, saying that it’s a good ride, but not one you’re liable to cherish: “The ride also seems to have limited repeatability due to an uninteresting storyline that is rushed and shallow. It’s a quickie that hasn’t worked hard enough to put you in that sweet spot. You never actually connect with it and almost feel a void when exiting. To put it bluntly, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon might be the one-night-stand of attractions. The excitement is so high in the beginning, but after a good romp, the reality is there isn’t much substance. Instead, there is a slight feeling of nausea, and it’s time to move on.”

This video contains a few snippets of POV footage from the ride itself and, in this context, it’s not very impressive. But you know the old saying: never judge the multi-million dollar simulator ride by its promo video.

If you’d like to know more about Race Through New York, you can watch this video interview with Universal Creative’s Jason Surrell.

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