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Christmas Magic to Enchant the Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood

"Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" - Universal Studios Hollywood
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” – Universal Studios Hollywood

It may be difficult to think of Christmas during this summer heat, but Universal Studios Hollywood has more magic in store at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Just two weeks after their announcement of the new “Nighttime Lights” projection show spectacular this summer (evoking memories of the grand opening of the Wizarding World just one year ago), Universal Studios Hollywood tops that with a Christmas show bound to delight.

The holidays at Hogwarts were pure magic in the original novels by J.K. Rowling.  The massive tree, the decorations in the Great Hall, the delectable treats, the Yule Ball.  How I wished I could have stepped into that world.

Now, Universal Studios Hollywood offers the next best thing.  Here’s a preview of “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Continue reading Christmas Magic to Enchant the Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood

Spectacular Harry Potter “Nighttime Lights” this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" - Universal Studios Hollywood -- Hufflepuff house featured
“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” – Universal Studios Hollywood — Hufflepuff house featured.  Photo: Mike Danenberg/Universal Studios Hollywood
Attention Harry Potter fans! Universal Studios Hollywood will enchant guests this summer with a brand-new experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”
 
Do you remember the grand opening of the Wizarding World at Universal Hollywood a year ago? John Williams mesmerized guests, conducting a full orchestra playing his themes from the Harry Potter films.  

I get goosebumps every time I hear John Williams’ score and see Hogwarts.

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Runway Success at Her Universe Fashion Show, Comic-Con

The world of Geek Fashion has blossomed, thanks in big part to Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe.  This was my article published July 29, 2016 on LaughingPlace.com reporting from San Diego Comic-Con’s Her Universe Fashion Show!

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The third annual Her Universe Fashion Show was an absolute runway success at Comic-Con 2016. Growing each year, the Her Universe Fashion Show returned with 27 Finalists premiering their Geek Couture gowns to a packed ballroom at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on July 21, 2016.

For the first time, the entire audition-to-runway process was recorded as a docu-series on Comic-Con HQ, a novel video-on-demand channel.  Also new this year was also an open call audition at Hollywood & Highland a few months before Comic-Con.  Contestants had an opportunity to present their designs, explaining their ideas in front of the panel of judges.

This year’s Fashion Show was a joint effort between Her Universe, Hot Topic, Blondie Girl Productions, Espionage Cosmetics, and Comic-Con HQ.

“27 contestants. 4 weeks. 1 dream.”

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Winners of the Fashion Show receive an opportunity to develop their own fangirl clothing line in collaboration with Her Universe, to be sold exclusively at Hot Topic stores nationwide.

In previous years, there were two winners of each fashion show: one Judges’ Choice, and one Audience Choice.  This year, a third winner was announced on July 28, 2016, based on voting online with Comic-Con HQ.

Meet Ashley Eckstein, Founder of Her Universe.

Ashley Eckstein has been a popular on-screen and voice actor, with screen credits including Muffy from That’s So Raven, and Ahsoka from Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  During recording for Clone Wars, Ashley noticed that there really wasn’t anything for her to wear except for boys’ T-shirts when she wanted to show her fandom.

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Ashley set out to create a Star Wars clothing line for women, and pitched this idea to Lucasfilm, who turned her down. She did not have enough experience creating a clothing line.

This did not discourage our favorite Fangirl.  Ashley did her research, partnered with The Araca Group (a merchandising and production firm), and pitched her idea again.  In 2010, Lucasfilm granted Her Universe a license.

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Why Every Harry Potter Fan Will Love Exploring the Wizarding Magic at Universal Studios Hollywood

Alohamora! The long-anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter made its debut at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016 to the delight of sold-out crowds.

Hogwarts in Hollywood is now a reality as the entertainment capital of Los Angeles shares in the Harry Potter magic.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood - Hogwarts Castle concept rendering
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood – Hogwarts Castle concept rendering, Courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16) ©2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

A labor of love more than five years in the making, I was privileged to speak with Alan Gilmore last year at the “Celebration of Harry Potter” event in Orlando.

From author J.K. Rowling’s pen to the silver screen, Alan Gilmore created the film sets for the world of Harry Potter as Art Director of the motion pictures.

He continues to wield his magic as Art Director of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

It is one thing to build a movie facade that lasts a month for filming.  It was quite a different challenge to construct true-to-film sets as structurally sound buildings that withstand the rigors of daily theme park use.

Structures that lean at impossible angles. Chimneys that curve as they reach skyward.  Storefront windows that awaken magically with guests casting enchantment spells.  The Hogwarts Express train. Gilmore’s team has learned from each new addition.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood - Hogsmeade Village concept rendering
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood – Hogsmeade Village concept rendering. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood.

Film sets are built only for what is needed ‘on camera’.   Movie magic fills in the rest.  Recreating an entrancing Wizarding World true to J.K. Rowling’s vision in fully three dimensions — this has impressed even the film talent.

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Welcome to the Chrysalis Travel Blog

 

Have you ever wished you had a friend that traveled the world, and shared their best travel tips and photos with you?  Have you lived vicariously through a friend’s Facebook feed as they post about their travels, wishing that you could do the same?  Do you think you would like to travel “someday,” but think it is impossible with your time and budget?

Over the years, we have heard this so many times from our friends and family as we have shared our world travels with them.  More and more of them suggested that we should start a travel blog sharing our experiences.  That is how our Chrysalis Travel blog came to be.

My husband and I have a passion for travel, and love nature and wildlife photography. Continue reading Welcome to the Chrysalis Travel Blog