Universal Studios Japan’s Amazing Projections Put You in the “Harry Potter” World During Spectacle Parade

Universal Studios Japan will be holding the grand opening of its Universal Spectacle Night Parade – Best of Hollywood on Thursday, May 17. The parade will feature four franchises: Harry Potter, Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, Jurassic World, and making its Park debut in the parade, Transformers.

The parade will feature amazing technology that “recreates the worlds of each of the franchise[s] amidst a continually changing environment where guests are completely immersed in a spectacular 360[-]degree view of the worlds of their favorite films.” Approximately 600 meters of projection mapping will surround the guests during the parade. This is the same technology used at the Hogwarts Castles in Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

In the press release, Universal Studios Japan explained what guests can expect from the Harry Potter feature in the parade.

​The magic and wonder of Harry Potter comes to life in this spectacular, highly-themed [sic] experience. The show begins as the Hogwarts Express pulls into sight. Watch as an intense Quidditch match unfolds and join Hogwarts students as they practice spells. The journey continues when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by a dark sky filled with Dementors! Enjoy the magic and excitement of the Wizarding World with one amazing experience after another.

The Harry Potter float will be first in the parade, followed by those of Transformers, Jurassic World, and Minions. The entire parade will run about 55 minutes, involve 15 total floats, and include approximately 100 entertainers. Starting April 12, you can purchase a Check-in Pass, which will guarantee you access to the parade’s viewing area.

This sounds like an amazing experience. Will you be going to Universal Studios Japan to check out this incredible technology?

Press Release
Universal Studios Japan proudly announces that it will hold its GRAND OPENING of the “UNIVERSAL SPECTACLE NIGHT PARADE ~BEST OF HOLLYWOOD~” on Thursday, May 17th. The “Universal Spectacle Night Parade – Best of Hollywood” will celebrate 4 of Hollywood’s fan-favorite Franchise, including “Harry Potter,” Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions,” “Jurassic World,” and making their Park debut in the parade, “Transformers.” The iconic entertainment brand was launched in 1984 by Hasbro and Japanese company Takara and has since grown from popular toys to include games, animation and feature films.

The parade faithfully recreates the worlds of each of the franchise[s] amidst a continually changing environment where guests are completely immersed in a spectacular 360[-]degree view of the worlds of their favorite films. Approximately 600m of projection mapping will be featured along the route of this “parade” which will revolutionize traditional perceptions, and floats reaching 8m high will awe guests with new experiences beyond their imagination. Details of the “UNIVERSAL SPECTACLE NIGHT PARADE” are revealed in this press release.

Parade Overview
■Float Concepts

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
Magical moments from Harry Potter
The magic and wonder of Harry Potter comes to life in this spectacular, highly-themed experience. The show begins as the Hogwarts Express pulls into sight. Watch as an intense Quidditch match unfolds and join Hogwarts students as they practice spells. The journey continues when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by a dark sky filled with Dementors! Enjoy the magic and excitement of the Wizarding World with one amazing experience after another.

TRANSFORMERS
A TRANSFORMERS electrifying battle scene.
Watch as the park morphs into a cityscape skyline and be transported to the globally popular world of the Transformers. Be awed as skyscrapers are demolished and Bumblebee and Megatron fight in a battle before your eyes! And see the mind-blowing conversion of the leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime from truck to robot! Experience the excitement of an epic battle taking place on a mega scale of more than 8 meters high!

JURASSIC WORLD
Experience the intense awe of an encounter with dinosaurs. Find yourself transported to an island jungle among
JURASSIC WORLD dinosaurs. Alarms blare, lights flash, and the tension mounts… Watch out for the escaped Raptors! From behind, brace yourself for the thunderous roar of the giant carnivorous T. Rex, with teeth bared! You’ll be caught in a terrifying situation with nowhere to run!

MINIONS
The Ultimate Minions Party
Last but not least, are the popular characters, beloved the world over and a fan favorite of the park: The Minions and their spectacularly fun party! Get ready to journey through the history of the Minions and enjoy the fantastic world of Margo, Edith and Agnes’ favorite amusement park, Super Silly Fun Land. Laugh and dance as the Minions ignite the party and fill your night with brilliant colors and music!

■DATA
・Float Order: Harry Potter→Transformers→Jurassic World→Minions
・Full Length: 520m
・Running
Time: Approx.: 55 minutes
・Projection Mapping Projection Area: Maximum 600m of wall face
・Maximum Float Weight: Approx.: 25t
・Tallest Float: 8m high
・Total Number of Floats: 15
・Number of Entertainers: Approx.: 100
・Countries Involved in Parade Production: Japan / U.S. / Canada / U.K. / Poland / France / Spain / Austria
・Number of People Involved in Parade Production: Over 1,000

UNIVERSAL SPECTACLE NIGHT PARADE: Special Viewing Area Entrance Check-In Pass Sales of the Check -In [sic] Pass which guarantees guests will enjoy the parade within the amazing environment of this entertainment spectacle will begin on Thursday, April 12th, 2018. See official website for more details. i

* Based on in-house research of world’s top 70 theme/amusement parks with most attendance with parades utilizing projection mapping visible to all guests along [the] entire parade route (587m in total) and projection mapping also used on parade float itself.
* Based on in-house research of world’s top 70 theme / amusement parks with most attendance utilizing wireless technologies to time location of parade floats and elements within the parade in real time which synchronize visual and audio elements throughout the entire parade route.
* Based on in-house research of world’s top 70 theme/amusement parks with most attendance with permanent (over 1 year) installation of elements incorporating “converting robots”. Universal Studios Japan has recently accelerated its growth with the launch of world-class entertainment experiences with large[-]scale projects such as Minion Park in 2017 and “Universal Spectacle Night Parade” in 2018. “Universal Studios Japan brings you the Universal Spectacle Night Parade, ”Best of Hollywood” featuring Harry Potter, And with the generous support of The Art Corporation, we are proud to present Transformers, Jurassic World, and the Minions from Despicable Me.

Gretchen Roesch

Gretchen once knew every word to the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" movie. Now she uses that Ravenclaw brain power to manage the MuggleNet News Team, write articles, and podcast about "Harry Potter". Outside of the site, she is a long-distance runner, social worker, and baker. Gretchen hopes to one day pay off her student loans.