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  1. Thanks for that link! I had not seen a raw track like that before. I very well might be able to piece this together
  2. Ah, I didn't realize he pieced the whole thing together. Was hoping he was sampling from some already available techno version... Unfortunately there is not enough in the show for me to pull 2 minutes of content. I have decided to piece together one of these two for my show. If I manage to get a decent light show sequence, I'll post it. Takes many days to do even 30 seconds of sequencing... Thank you for the link, though! I remember listening to that, but forgot how he made it.
  3. Went with my daughter last night - some REALLY GOOD stuff! SUMMARY: If you love Stranger Things, you are going to LOVE this. If you have little to no experience with ST, you will still really enjoy the first half, but the last half will be very confusing. I have to give huge props to the development team for the handling of this event. What could have been a logistical nightmare turned out to be an extremely well organized, well paced event. The background theme of the event is that you are invited to a class reunion of Hawkins High alumni, taking place at the Starcourt Mall. Leading up to the event, you will receive emails asking for you to enter your school profile, and urging you to dress in your 80's best for the occasion. The reason behind this will add to your experience while you wait for your timeslot (and may even win you prizes!). When they scan your entrance ticket, they might use your profile information to call out PA announcements to you personally. Very cool idea! Time slots - this was really weird. We had a timeslot for 8:45pm. We arrived at 7:15, and had no problem. We were wondering how cars that were too early or too late would be turned around. Didn't happen. So timeslots seem to be unenforced. And when they finally scan your ticket, there is really no opportunity to turn someone away anyhow. The arrival is smooth as silk - you are funneled into two one of two lanes, and directed to VIP or regular entrance. Phone is scanned. And then you queue up. Queue - This is also interesting, as once you are in the queue, timeslots mean NOTHING. They don't direct you to a holding area based on timeslot. Once your ticket is scanned, it's a waiting game with equality to all. So there is a very short single file queue and then they direct you to one of about 10 single file final queues (maybe a dozen cars per final queue). Here, you wait outside the Starcourt Mall, with the class reunion festivities hosted by science teacher Mr. Clark. This, in my opinion was the best part of the whole experience. That's not to put down the rest of the show. Think of it as how we all thought of Marathon of Mayhem as being among the best of 2019 HHN. The time flies by here, with Mr. Clark presenting some really fun in-car games, while small parts of the experience are revealed. They stuck to the 80's theme tightly. When they saw people taking pictures on their phones, actors referred to them as "Polaroids". I'd say about 30% of the customers tried to dress for the occasion. Some of the more fun games you will play are: Glove Box Bingo Twister Best Dressed What freaking good ideas for a safe yet socially distanced experience! You will also see most of the cast roaming about and interacting with cars. You can order food while in the queue as well. You order online (super smooth) and can pay using the CC you used to pay for your ticket. The food is delivered with a couple of minutes. I had the soft pretzels and they were excellent. The hot food was properly hot and the cold food was properly cold. The food is EXPENSIVE, but I didn't mind supporting this event as so many are hurting during this time. I should note that all of the sound is broadcast to your car over unused FM stations, this is both in the queue as well as in the experience. Wait time - We waited about 25 minutes in the queue. none of the activities repeated in that time. It seems as if there are 30 minutes of planned activities, and the queue holds 30 minutes of capacity. Again - this was so well executed. So we got into the experience at about 1 hour ahead of our timeslot. Experience - Once inside, the experience does last about one full hour. It is divided into three acts. Acts 1 and 2 are inside the parking structure, while Act 3 is on the roof. Act 1 is FANTASTIC! The cast is great, the acting is great, the interaction with every single car is great. The car arrangement is GREAT. Everyone has a great view. Because the "stage area" is so large with card surrounding it, there are multiple casts acting out the exact same dialog in synchronization. This is really weird, yet compelling. Act 2 takes place in the Upside Down. Entering the portal and finding yourself in the Upside Down is a "Whoa!" moment. And then all the action comes to a complete stop. It is nothing more than parking and watching scenes from the show on screens. No surprises. No advancing the story. Just watching 15 minutes of "best of" clips of all 3 seasons.... It is a massive winding single-file conga line of cars, with projection screens at intervals on one side. It takes forever to squish cars into the area, then all lights need to be turned off, which also takes forever. Then if you are lucky, you might be able to actually see a screen (we were at an extreme angle so only saw blurs). Act 2 SUCKS, and detracted from the show. It would be a better experience without this at all. Act 3 is a combination of live actors and screens. You are surrounded on 3 sides by screens. The stage is HUGE and once again there are multiple sets of actors on all 3 sides, sometimes doing the same scene in sync. Other times one giant performance. There are stunts. If you know the show, you will love it. If you don't you will be very confused, yet impressed. Characters also roam around the cars. The downside to Act 3 is that you are essentially in a parking lot on a roof. Although the action is well above your head, an SUV or truck directly in front of you will obstruct your view. This happened to us. There are no spoilers for Season 4 given in the event. Exit - On the way out, everyone is diverted to a parking space and asked if they want to buy merch. Really expensive merch (like $30 for a hat). If you don't want to buy, you can leave. There is also a "photo op" which seems to be just a big Stranger Things logo that you can use as a backdrop for a selfie (not allowed to leave your car). Grades: Pre-show (queue): A+ Act 1: A Act 2: D Act 3: B What about VIP? VIP is a massive upcharge per person. We did not do the VIP, but from what I understand it includes snacks and drinks, I think a T-shirt, priority entrance, and a "car wash" experience that is really a photo op. If the VIP people had less of a wait I think they missed out, because the queue was so much fun. Were there scares? None whatsoever. This was not intended to be a Halloween event, and it will continue well into 2021 unless California institutes Lockdown 9.0... Is it suited for kids? There are a lot of S-bombs dropped, and in the queue some women in practically painted-on jazzercise outfits. Otherwise, it's great for kids. How well did they nail the cast? PERFECTLY! The facemasks helped greatly, though. It was cool that the facemasks were made the same material as the costumes, so they blended in well. How was social distancing? Worked very well. If your window is rolled down, you MUST be wearing your mask. Actors wore masks unless they were on stage. It felt very safe. How was the voice acting? The pre show was pretty much live. There were some Mike/Elle parts that were lip synced. Acts 1 & 3 were entirely lip synced, as there were multiple sets of casts. Act 2 had no voice actors. Most of the character voices were spot on. But whoever voiced Dustin was really mis-cast; didn't sound anything like him and no lisp. Was anyone missing from the experience? Of note, Nancy, Joyce and Bob were completely missing. That's strange, as characters as obscure as Eleven's mom were present. Hopper was only briefly present in Act 3. Were there Demigorgons? Yup Any other monsters? Nope How big was the cast? I estimate: Pre-show/Queue: 12+ Act 1: 24+ Act 2: 3 Act 3: 24+ And who knows if there was an A/B cast. Also, for all I know there may have been duplicate stages that I did not see. Recommended? Definitely! Tickets are available for March 2021 timeframe. I remember turning to my daughter as were leaving Act I that if the experience ended right then, I would think it was worth the money. Act 2 threatened to reverse that thought, but Act 3 made up for it. Just keep in mind that if you never watched ST, anything after the pre-show will be utterly confusing. Don't even try to make sense of it.
  4. Unless there is a contractual stipulation for any of the IP, I have no doubt these will be back next year. No way will Universal blow money on a teardown and rebuild just to keep things fresh, nor would I want them to. At this point I don't care if they present these same houses for 2021 and 2022 if it would help them recover from the shutdowns. I wonder more than a little bit if there was a contractual obligation that required them to present Beetlejuice in some way at the event, and the one day house was a way to fulfill it. But the better part of me believes they did it out of appreciation for the fans.
  5. I'm thinking we have 100% certainty in 4 of the houses. Unless they switch them out at the last second for Scream and The Conjuring.
  6. I'd MUCH rather be walking through the Beetlejuice house right now, but since I'm stuck in California, the Roblox version of The Shining is better than nothing. BTW, we had NO trick or treaters at all yesterday. A lot of nearby houses were decked out. No trick or treaters. What a miserable Halloween. Still debating whether to do my home light show this year...
  7. I don't see why they couldn't. But I could see why they wouldn't: She is only known by the most diehard fans. We haven't really seen her image pre-Bloody Mary. We heard her voice on the website. As far as the GP knows, she would just be a psychiatrist character who had "unconventional" therapy techniques - not that this wouldn't be a great standalone icon it itself. To me, Dr. Agana is akin to Dr. Rich Oddfellow - a part of the backstory of Jack but not a person we necessarily need to see at HHN. It would only invite Bobbie Weiner to chase a new settlement, baseless as it would be. The Icon house that year was a bomb - completely forgettable. However should Legendary Truth one day become a major part of a future HHN, I could see the good Dr. being mentioned without bringing up Bloody Mary in name. I doubt we would get anything more than that.
  8. I guess they have a bonus house every week. It was Halloween 2 last week and will be The Shining for the final weekend. Gotta say again how much fun it has been. Would much rather be in Orlando, but at least I got to (kind of) experience HHN and air conditioning at the same time. By the way, this weekend you can get into the "event" for FREE. That's right, you can save a whole $1.10!
  9. It will be interesting to see how they handle the numbering. My guess is they will start referring to the event by the calendar year for the foreseeable future. I'm sure they will still have the anniversary house that has already been built, but will probably call it a "best of" or tribute house. And that's OK with me. This year has been a gut punch to the industry, and they can do what they need to. Gonna play Debbie Downer again, but I'd say there's a 30% chance this time next year looks like it does now - with mass gatherings still verboten. The world seems to be entering a second wave, and the US has lagged the world by a month or two. We might not have a real HHN again until 2022.
  10. Anyone know if the Swan Lake track from the show is available in its pure form (no sound form the audience or water elements)? Preferably no IP themes mixed in. I'd love to use it in my Christmas Light Show this year.
  11. Do they have a standby line or is it reservation only?
  12. As much as I have admired Orlando for having all new content every year, I am firmly in the YES column - and not because I am one of those who cannot go this year. They have taken such a financial hit, and there is no telling how many years it will take for them to bounce back. Honestly, I am still doubtful HHN 2021 will be any different than this year. The US may be rid of it by then, but will the rest of the globe? Who knows... Anyhow, Universal needs to stay alive. I'd much rather see them be able to hire back some employees than spend the dollars on two new houses. Hell, I wouldn't mind if they have a FEW years with some repeats until things come back.
  13. The following is my review of HHN 2020......Roblox edition. Before I begin, I need to state that I have zero idea about the technology behind this, so I'm sure I'll be making tons of mistakes. Bear with my noobidity. I really had never heard of this until the virtual meetup in September. I kept seeing something like this in my Twitter timeline: What the hell is this? Turns out it's an online version of HHN. You can walk through a damn close representation of Universal, see HHN shows, go on Universal rides(!), and go through HHN houses. Roblox is a very low resolution real time environment (think Minecraft, but I think it's quite a bit better). People have created thousands of Roblox lands. But from what I understand, Universal actually owns the content for Roblox HHN (someone clarify if I'm wrong). Here's what you can experience at this event: Houses Stranger Things Ghostbusters Killer Klowns Slaughter Sinema Graveyard Madness (yes, it's Graveyard Games) Giggles & Gore Sometimes a bonus house - last weekend they had a supposedly one-weekend-only Jack Presents: Monsters & Mayhem Scarezones Anarch-Cade Rob Zombie Cyberscream Foresaken Bayou Vamp 85: New Years Eve Shows Jack's Nightmare in the Sky (think Marathon of Mayhem) Ball Drop 1985 Junkyard Rave Potion Sacrifice Rides Rip Ride Rockit Hulk Dr Doom Fearfall Mummy Fast & Furious The Walking Dead attraction There may be others; I forget What the experience is like: The park is kinda laid out like Orlando and a bit like Hollywood, too. After all, they have The Walking Dead Attraction. The entrance really looks more like Hollywood. There are things that don't exist in either park as we know them - like "Cyberland" that I guess is supposed to be like SuperHero Island without the IP. Or the Hill Valley courthouse in the middle of the park. But none of that really matters for HHN. There is not a IOA and USO; it's just one big park. There are definitely pieces missing; it is not meant to be a carbon copy of the park. Keep in mind you can visit the park outside of HHN and it will be daytime and minus the Halloween decor. Visiting the park outside HHN is FREE. But there are lines for the rides (more on that later). You do see other people walking around the park. These are customers just like you. They go through the houses and ride the rides just like you. They can block your view but you can pass through them like a ghost. The place can be packed or it can be a ghost town. Roblox HHN is only open on the dates and times that HHN 2020 would have been open. It's not a 24/7 thing. You need to buy a ticket to get in and there are lines. The lines serve to slow you down. Even if there is no one in line, you need to navigate the loooong queue. But of course you can buy an Express pass... There is a separate entrance for EP and it walks you through the short queue; no need to navigate. The cost is not bad at all, especially for what you get: 1 night Ticket = 10 Robux 1 night Ticket+Express Pass = 100 Robux Season pass+Express = 400 Robux 400 Robux is $4.99 So for just $5 you can attend every night and not experience have any lines. C'mon, Man! You can't get a better deal than that. Then again a single night ticket is, what, TEN CENTS?!? The thing is the fewest number of Robux you can buy is 400, so you might as well just buy the Season Pass+Express. For daytime, they have a similar price structure - for Express Pass. Admission is free. Houses You will definitely recognize most of these from your live walkthrus. In many cases they were so accurate that I automatically knew which way I had to turn to continue. Interesting story: I walked through Jack Presents with my daughter. It was a best-of house and a portion was The Exorcist. My daughter had never been in that house but I had a ton of times. Even though it was our first time through virtually, when we got to the first hallway I stopped and told her "In Orlando this entire wall was a huge scrim where the walls disappear and a scene is revealed beyond". I took a few steps and WHAMMO! There was Pazuzu. The scares are primarily drop panels and boo holes. You never know where they will happen but it is the same from run to run. The sound is excellent, and the scares are more fun than scary. There are no attendants to tell you to move along, although other guests may tell you to move it. Again, you're not blocking them, but they see someone just standing there. I think that scares are triggered by someone being in proximity to a sensor. If you just stand there waiting for the same scare to happen, it won't. But the person behind you won't see it because you are just standing there. For this reason, before you enter the house you will see a countdown timer on the wall. The intent is to have people self-pulse, but nothing seems to enforce it. It's an honor system. As in real life, people can be jerks and make the experience worse for others. Also, there is no "run" vs "walk", so unless someone stops in the house you won't catch up with anyone. As for the house themes, they are not intended to be full recreations, although you will recognize many key elements. Parts are quite different than you will remember, and there are some new scenes that did not appear in the real houses. The virtual houses are about 1/2-3/4 the length of the real houses. Oddly, some names are slightly modified from the real house. Take Slaughter Sinema - same house name, but not the same fake movie titles. I'd love to know the reason behind it. And, yes, you can hang around the front of the house and listen to the queue audio, but no video. Scarezones The scareactors roam in their area, but when you get in a certain proximity to a scareactor, they come after you fast. Unlike the houses, if you stand in the middle of the scarezone, monsters will keep coming up to you for the scare. They have some pretty cool scares hidden in the zones. The music changes from zone to zone Shows There are mini shows every few minutes just like HHN. They are only a minute or so long. These are in some scarezones. There are park directories showing wait times and show times. The main show is in the lagoon and lasts about 10 minutes. It's pretty cool, gotta say. It felt a lot like Marathon of Mayhem. Sometimes you will hear an announcement over the loudspeaker saying that a show is about to begin. The Ball drop show happens at the top of every hour, just as it did in Orlando. Now this is a weird one.... for the Lagoon show, they have a normal viewing area and a VIP viewing area (a bit higher, just like at the real lagoon). And the VIP viewing area is a Robux upcharge. I'd normally see this as a total money grab, but in these times, I think anything is on the table if it helps someone behind the scenes. Rides Just like any other virtual ride you've done before. But Hulk is comically fast while Rip Ride Rockit is a faithful recreation. Good news - no metal detector at Hulk! Controls I first tried this on my iPad. The controls absolutely SUCK. There's a virtual joystick for movement, but you need to use two fingers to turn. I couldn't figure it out. So then I loaded it on my PC (got to use same account, so only one purchase across platforms), and the controls were intuitive. Simple arrow keys do the trick. You can use the mouse to adjust camera level and zoom. Food and Drink and costumes Of course there are concession stands where you can buy churros and the like. They even had the Today Cafe. They cost "Unibux", which are cheaper than the Robux. But I have no idea what the purpose is of buying any "food" so I didn't. Tons of people walking around in costumes, but I didn't buy any of that either. Of course, you buy it at the virtual Universal Store in the virtual park. Evidently you can buy "horror-ish" outfits but you cannot pretend to be a Scareactor because you can't "lunge" at people. Good move on their part. Another good move - there is no ability to punch a scareactor or drink too much and vomit. Verdict for 5 freakin' bucks, you get a whole lot of entertainment. Zero reason not to do this. 10 out of 10. Or just spend $1.10 for one night and an Express pass. Nah! Just go for the season pass!
  14. Just got a survey. Survey: Are you a Universal Orlando Passholder? Me: Yes Survey: Who hurt you, Universal?
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