Special – “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Report

This past weekend Universal Resort Orlando held their annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Matt and Shelby attended the event – first together as a team, then separately with two very different approaches.

This special episode is their full report on the weekend events starting with the opening ceremonies and a special presentation of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and then follows up with the two learning about each other’s weekend and experiences with “A Celebration of Harry Potter”.

We hope you enjoy this special report for Universal Orlando Resort, check back from more Universal coverage as we ramp up for short run special covering the 2018 Mardi Gras event at Universal Studios starting February 3rd.

Gear up for Mardi Gras with event themed shirts designed by Shelby at: http://shelbydenhamart.storenvy.com/collections/1634484-apparel

For more from “A Celebration of Harry Potter”, visit the Universal Orlando Resort blog here, and see the highlights video Universal at the bottom of this page.

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Star Wars In Character – Porg

In this very special episode of Star Wars In Character, we discuss the most request character in our entire run of the series. And we share news regarding the future of the show that some of you won’t want to miss.

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A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle!

The 2018 edition of Universal Orlando Resort’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” started this weekend and an opening night of special announcements, live orchestra performances, and celebrity appearances was capped off with a special showing of the newest addition of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle”.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” is latest Harry Potter theme 3D Projection Mapped experience added the Universal Orlando Harry Potter experience. And Friday night we took part in an early presentation of the show.

The show features the houses of Hogwarts opening with a narration by the Hogwarts Sorting Hat.

The lights go dim briefly as you conceptually try on The Sorting Hat and houses are presented in projections on the Hogwarts Castle.

First house featured is Ravenclaw (and Matt’s house apparently, as he learned this weekend. More on that later). Blue and bronze lights surround Hogwarts accompanied of course by imagery of the Eagle.

Next, Hufflepuff. Yellow, black and silver cover the castle leading up to the reveal of the Badger.

Our viewing crowd favorite, Slytherin, is next with eerie green lights and sliver highlights with plenty of Serpents.

The final house, and home to the saga title character, Gyffindor with scarlet and gold lights and the Lion wrapping then entire structure.

Hogwarts and the four houses close out the show in a grand finally complete with pyrotechnics.

It’s hard not to compare “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” with 2017’s holiday show “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”, the holiday show set a very high bar for nighttime entertainment at Hogsmeade. As a comparison to the Christmas show, “Nighttime Lights” falls just a touch short. However, that is when comparing the two.

Looking at “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” alone, it’s a fun, colorful, entertaining show and a must see for Harry Potter fans. It’s a great edition to not only the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but the to the ever increasing night time entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. I enjoyed from both a technical and new, and slowly learning Harry Potter fan perspective as well.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” is scheduled run through February 2018 at Universal Resort Orlando with more dates expected to be added in the future. For more details, see our article covering the original announcement of the edition to Hogsmeade here.

Our report on “A Celebration of Harry Potter” 2018 continues with a special podcast episode wrap up by Matt and Shelby as they discuss the event from two very different perspectives. Look for that episode soon right here on NEOZAZ.com!

Voodoo Doughnut Coming to Universal Orlando Resort!

As someone that’s taken a ridiculous amount of time searching out doughnuts in nearly every town I’ve visited, I’m beyond excited to read the news that the legendary “Voodoo Doughnut” is coming to Universal City Walk at Universal Orlando Resort this spring!

“Since their Portland, Oregon origins, Shannon and Pogson have continued to spread their unique flavors with several new locations including a few more in Oregon and shops in Denver, Colorado; Austin, Texas and CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood. The new location at Universal Orlando will be the first location east of the Mississippi. The shop will feature the same eclectic pink theming and irreverent names that can be found in current Voodoo Doughnut locations. It will be located next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew, just steps away from the iconic Universal Globe and Universal Studios Florida entrance.”

Visit NEOZAZ for more details as they come and a very likely probable for-sure first hand report (followed by a second, and a third, and a…)

The GR80s – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

In this episode, Khrysti, Dave and Jack revisit 1985’s “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”!

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Matt’s Crummy Comics Collection – Archie vs Predator #1

In this debut episode Matt pulls a comic from his stack of unusually comics collection and recaps “Archie vs Predator #1” published by Dark Horse Comics and Archie comics in 2015.

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New Night Show Coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Today Universal Orlando Resort announced a new exciting addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” projection mapping experience!

For the first time ever at Islands of Adventures’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, guests will be able to experience an all-new show at Hogwarts Castle.

“As night falls in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, state-of-the-art projection mapping, coupled with special effects and lighting, will wrap Hogwarts castle in a dazzling display celebrating the four houses of Hogwarts – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. Guests will watch in awe as the spirit and iconic elements of each house are brought to life on the majestic castle – all set to incredible music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films. “

Starting January 31st “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will run select nights throughout the year.

Park guests can preview the new experience on January 27 and 28 during “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018”

“The Nighttime Lights At Hogwarts Castle” is scheduled to run Jan 31 – Feb 5 and Feb 7 – Feb 12. It will run continuously each evening starting at dusk.

With the recent success of the Christmas editions to Hogsmeade including a holiday themed 3D projection show on Hogwarts, it’s not surprised to learn of this new edition to Universal’s Nighttime entertainment lineup but an exciting addition nonetheless.

For more on the “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 Event”, please visit the Celebration of Harry Potter area of Universal Resort Orlando’s website here.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2018 Line Up Announced!

Florida’s biggest party is about to get underway at Universal Orlando Resort’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration Event!

Today Universal Orlando Resort released details on this year’s Mardi Gras, including most of their concert line up for the event.

Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore, international recording artist Sean Paul, and multiplatinum chart-toppers Fifth Harmony highlight the huge line up of music acts at this year’s celebration.

Along with the concert series, a nightly parade of 12 hand-crafted floats highlights the event – with 6 new celestial themed floats debuting this year.

Along with the music and parade the French Quarter Courtyard offers food and drinks only available during this event celebration.

Stay tuned with NEOZAZ for more coverage of this annual event included a firsthand report during the celebration.

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios begins February 3rd and runs nightly to April 7th 2018. All Mardi Gras events are included with daily admission, no separate ticket is required to attend Mardi Gras.

From more information on Universal Orlando Resorts Mardi Gras Celebration, visit: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events/mardi-gras/index.html

2018 Mardi Gras Headliners:

Feb 3. – Sean Paul
Feb 10. – The Beach Boys
Feb. 17 – Kelsea Ballerini
Feb. 18 – Andy Grammer
Feb. 24 – Macklemore
Mar. 3 – 311
Mar. 4 – Phillip Phillips
Mar. 10 – TBA
Mar. 11 – Fitz and the Tantrums
Mar. 17 – Foreigner
Mar. 18 – Fifth Harmony
Mar. 24 – TBA
Mar. 25 – BUSH

Killing My Kindle – Episode 1-01: Odd, Brilliant, Old Man Balls

We’re excited to introduced this new series by Brian Prisco, “Killing My Kindle”.

“Killing My Kindle” is an irreverent and rambly podcast by a former bookslinger and current scribbler devoted to book reviews for the Cannonball Read, a book reading contest that helps to fight cancer.

Episode 1-01: Odd, Brilliant, Old Man Balls

Wherein I review:
Unbound (Stone Barrington #44) by Stuart Woods
Brilliance (Brilliance Saga #1) by Marcus Sakey
Odd Hours (Odd Thomas #4) by Dean Koontz

Is It Beer Yet – Drink Local – Double Flights – Florida Beer Company & Two Rivers Brewing

In this edition of “Drink Local – Double Flights” Matt pays a visit to Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral, FL, makers of “Duff” and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Beers for Universal Orlando Resort. And in the northeast, Dave ventures out to Easton, PA to report of Two Rivers Brewing.

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Learn more about Two Rivers Brewing from their website at: http://www.tworiversbrewing.com/

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Seinfeld in Character – Brody

In this episode Jack and Dave discuss the character “Brody”!

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Matt’s Crummy Comics Collection – Christmas Special – Ghostbusters Past, Present and Future

It’s the Christmas Special of a series that never happened. This past year Matt planned on starting a short series called “Matt’s Crummy Comic Collection” but never got it started.

With Christmas just days away, this “Christmas Special”/“Pilot Episode” is brought to test out the show idea.

In this episode Matt recaps and reviews the 2009 IDW Comic special one-shot “Ghostbuster: Past, Present, and Future”.

We’re Board – Festivus

It’s Festivus, and Khrysti and Matt have A LOT of problems with each other – and you’re gonna hear them right now!

A short B-story in a memorable episode of “Seinfeld” has spawned this entire game. Aluminum poles, airing of grievances, and of course feats of strength are all featured in this holiday theme episode of “We’re Board”!

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Effectively Speaking – The Roger Christian Interview

In this special milestone episode Eric welcomes Roger Christian to the show to discuss his work as Set Dresser in the original “Star Wars” and Art Director for “Alien”.

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The GR80s – Christmas Vacation

It’s a holiday special from the GR80s as Khrysti, Dave and John discuss 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

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Star Wars In Character – The Force Awakens Commentary

On the heels of the release of “Star Wars The Last Jedi”, Tim and Chris welcome friend of the show Kevin Liell to record their commentary track for “Star Wars The Force Awakens”.

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