A new projection mapping experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. This new Universal Orlando show, known as Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, will take place after dark on select nights throughout 2018.
What Is Projection Mapping?
Projection mapping is a type of technology that uses video projectors to display images on 3D objects (rather than flat surfaces). For the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show, the projectors will display images right on Hogwarts Castle.
Show Theme and Length
The four houses of Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff) are the main focus of the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show. The colors and symbols of each house will be displayed in turn and accompanied by special effects as well as music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films. The show is about five minutes long.
Here are the showtimes for January and February:
- Feb 1-5: Ongoing from 7:15 pm to Park Close
- Feb 7-12: Ongoing from 7:15 pm to Park Close
- Feb 15-21: Ongoing from 7:15 pm to Park Close
- Feb 24-26: Ongoing from 7:15 pm to Park Close
Where to Watch the Show
The best place to watch the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show is in Hogsmeade in a spot where you can face the castle straight on. The area in front of the Hogsmeade stage where the Frog Choir and Triwizard Spirit Rally shows take place is a good bet.
Depending on the crowds, you may also be able to view certain parts of the show from the bridge leading into Hogsmeade from Jurassic Park or from the back deck of Three Broomsticks, but your view will be obstructed and you won't be able to see everything, so we do not recommend these areas.
Other Projection Mapping Experiences
Universal Orlando used Hogwarts for a projection mapping experience for the first time during their holiday celebration. That experience was known as The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. It incorporated scenes and music inspired by moments in the Harry Potter films.
We were able to see the Christmas version of the show in December, and we highly recommend it if you are visiting during the holidays. Based on our experience with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, we can't wait to see the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show.