Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle in Universal Orlando Resort

Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle debuted in Summer 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood, and, starting on January 31, Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle can be seen on select nights at Universal Orlando Resort.  The short, projection mapping show features John Williams’ music from the Harry Potter films and visual effects upon the castle showcasing all four houses of the school.  Guests attending the Celebration of Harry Potter event January 26-28 will be the first to see Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (tickets are still available).  Continue reading for more details on the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

From Universal Orlando Resort’s Press Release

Calling all Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs and Slytherins…

For the first time ever at Universal Orlando Resort, guests will be able to celebrate their Hogwarts house pride during an all-new, breathtaking experience – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle – debuting on Wednesday, Jan. 31 and running select nights throughout 2018.

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.

This will be the second projection mapping experience Universal Orlando has featured in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. Over the holiday season, Universal debuted The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, which brought incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life. Both experiences were also featured at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will make its official debut at Universal Orlando Resort on Wednesday, January 31 and run select nights throughout the year – but park guests can preview the new experience on January 27 and 28 during A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018. The experience will run continuously each evening starting at dusk.

And guests who’ve purchased A Celebration of Harry Potter vacation package can be among the first to see this experience at Universal Orlando during an exclusive preview event on Friday, January 26. Event packages can be purchased here.

2017 Celebration of Harry Potter

2017 Celebration of Harry Potter, photo courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” is scheduled to run Jan. 31 – Feb. 5, and Feb. 7 – Feb. 12. Additional dates will be announced at a later time.

VIDEO of The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Hollywood was captured by Sarah Woloski, and you can listen to an interview with Stephen Siercks, Senior Director of Entertainment Production and one of the creators of the show, on Episode 173 of the Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.