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Stranger Things: The Drive Into Experience

By Cassandra Yany

Stranger Things: The Drive Into Experience recently opened in downtown Los Angeles, giving fans the opportunity to enter the world of the hit Netflix series from the safety of their cars. Hidden on Alameda Street, the socially distant event transports you back to 1985 to attend the Hawkins High School Reunion. 

The socially-distant experience begins as you pull into the illuminated parking lot of the Starcourt Mall and tune into the FM radio station where you can hear all of the audio for the event. The pre-show is hosted by Hawkins Middle School science teacher turned emcee, Mr. Clark. The event is immersive right from the start, with Mr. Clark engaging drivers and passengers in different activities such as trivia, a lip sync challenge and a best-dressed contest.

Eighties music blasts through car speakers as vehicles are directed by parking lot attendants disguised as Lynx employees from season three of the series. After guests have their tickets scanned, they are given a menu to order food and beverages directly to their car. Drivers and passengers can place their order online and will be helped by a server dressed as a Scoops Ahoy employee. 

Every aspect of the event is themed, even with face masks being attributed to a “chemical leak” that had occurred in Hawkins. While you are waiting to get into the experience, you can watch Mr. Clark host the event from the stage, and you may even see Eleven or Max amongst the crowd. Mike, Lucas and Will weave through the cars on their bicycles and you might even get the chance to interact with them. 

When it is your turn to enter the experience, you drive past the Starcourt Mall, and into a parking garage where the remainder of the event takes place. As you are entering, Chief Hopper and Murray can be heard over the radio discussing how they have to save Dustin who is stuck under the mall. 

As you enter the experience, you are first greeted by Steve and Robin as Dustin tries to save them from the Russian soldiers who have infiltrated Hawkins and are stationed underneath Starcourt. In the process of doing this, Dustin accidentally released the demogorgon, who is chased through the cars until Steve is successfully able to trap it back into the Upside Down. The trio then enlists drivers and passengers to go and find the mindflayer. 

The next scene brings guests into what looks like the Upside Down where cars are surrounded by eerie red lights and other-worldly sets. Screens depict the mindflayer leaving Will’s body at the end of season two and entering Billy’s during season 3. Soldiers then come around, searching throughout the cars and shining their flashlights into windows. 

The third and final scene leads guests to the roof of the parking garage where the set is made up of a large stage and multiple screens. Billy emerges as the mindflayer from under the stage, and is joined by the other Hawkins residents who have also been “flayed.” Eleven then enters the scene and tries to fight the monster, as the audience is given a look at her past throughout the series. 

After an intense battle where Eleven flies above the crowd, she is victorious in defeating the mindflayer and is embraced on stage by her friends, and greeted by her past self. As the characters exit the stage, the sound of a news station talking about the mysterious events at the mall plays through car speakers. 

Just as you think the experience is over, Dustin and his long-distance girlfriend from science camp, Suzie recreate what is arguably one of the most iconic scenes from the series. From opposite ends of the stage, the couple sing the theme song from the 1894 film The NeverEnding Story, just as they do in the last episode of season 3, creating the perfect, feel-good ending to this one-of-a-kind experience. 

As you exit the experience, guests are given the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise. 

This event truly makes guests feel as if they have been placed in an episode of Stranger Things, caught up in the action of Hawkins and the Upside Down. It is the perfect way for super fans to come together safely as a community and feel that they are part of the beloved show. 

The drive into experience is presented by Netflix and Fever with Secret Cinema. Prices for the event vary depending on which day and time customers are purchasing tickets for. Standard Access includes admission and access to the Hawkins Online Portal prior to the event where you can create your student profile. In addition to this, VIP Access includes a special welcome to the event, faster entry and a mystery box containing merchandise, snacks and beverages. 

Guests remain in their car throughout the experience and masks are worn by employees at all times and by drivers and passengers when speaking to the staff. The event is currently scheduled to take place through Sunday, March 7. 

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Hotel

Say I Do × The Summit Hotel

The Summit Hotel in Madisonville is a featured location for Say I Do, a new series premiering on Netflix on July 1. From the creators of Queer Eye, Say I Do follows couples as they overcome obstacles to plan their surprise dream wedding in less than a week.

Say I Do stars interior designer Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer Thai Nguyen, stylist Johnny Wright, and chef Gabriele Bertaccini as experts and planners of each perfect celebration, including the one filmed at The Summit. The deserving couples on the show have always wanted to get married, but life challenges kept them from realizing their dream. Laughter, tears and love are hallmarks of the program.

“One of the highest honors we have in the hotel business is to help a couple celebrate their love with an extraordinary wedding,” said Martin Pittman, AT Hospitality Vice President of Operations. “The inspiring spaces, thoughtful details and sumptuous food at our Four Diamond hotel make every wedding special. But this one, with a couple who have loved each other through difficult times and the groom surprising his bride with the wedding in less than a week, was really something special.”

Viewers are treated to a front-row seat as they get to know the couple and their love story, and are there every step of the way, from the groom surprising the bride to the menu planning and more. It all culminates in seeing the bride glowing in her Thai Nguyen gown against the lushly decorated Rooftop Terrace at The Summit.

Say I Do is garnering national attention in the ramp-up to the premiere, with media coverage including People and FilmDaily. The official trailer can be viewed here.

The Summit is Cincinnati’s premier, luxury independent boutique hotel, with more than 32,000 square feet of space for weddings and events, including the Rooftop Terrace, Art Gallery, and Library. The Summit was recently named a AAA Four Diamond property, awarded the Inspector’s AAA Best of Housekeeping designation — significantly surpassing cleanliness expectations based on their comprehensive on-site inspection— and nominated for a Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Award.

Members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ complimentary iPrefer program enjoy exclusive perks including complimentary room upgrades, free wi-fi, early check-in/late check-out, members-only rates and more.

The Summit opened in the historic and vibrant Madisonville neighborhood in 2018. Originally a doorbell factory, then a rainbow-hued parking garage, the property emerged as a contemporary art-filled hotel featuring a nine-story atrium, relaxing library, expansive rooftop terrace, art gallery and 239 guest suites that spark inspiration and curiosity. It is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s leading independent hotel group.

Designed by hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), The Summit is an artful experience with a strong emphasis on group conferences and collaborative spaces. Guests enjoy sophisticated amenities including a Rooftop Terrace, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, Art Gallery, soaring nine-story Atrium, an ultramodern social library, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. A variety of locally sourced dining, featuring house-made cocktails and extensive beer and wine lists, is available at the hotel’s Overlook Kitchen + Bar, Brew & Barrel and The Market.

Made for Meetings & Events The Summit offers 32,600 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space,including the modern Madisonville Ballroom and 17 meeting rooms with high-tech amenities and natural light. Meeting attendees at The Summit can find non-traditional offerings for snacks and breaks at the hotel’s signature Nourishment Centres.

The Summit is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection and is designated a AAA Four Diamond hotel and an Inspector’s Award for Best Housekeeping winner. All guests of The Summit are eligible to enroll in the I Prefer hotel rewards program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide. The Summit is managed by AT Hospitality Group.

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NY Comic Con 2018

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION TELEVISION ANNOUNCES 2018 NEW YORK COMIC CON LINE UP.

Highly-anticipated DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power to lead with panel and Q&A on Thursday, Oct 4, at 3pm.

Fan favorite DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender to return to NYCC with panel on Friday, Oct 5, at 10:30am.

Glendale, CA — DreamWorks Animation Television is set to present several jam-packed panels at New York Comic Con 2018, with executive producers and voice talent on hand from its upcoming Netflix original series DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, as well as the fan favorite Voltron Legendary Defender. Each series will offer sneak peaks, panel discussions and fan Q&A’s.

In addition to the panels, DreamWorks will also offer an immersive fan experience inspired by the imaginative world of the highly-anticipated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power at Booth #502. The activation will include a larger-than-life She-Ra statue, as well as interactive photo opportunities that will transport guests straight to Etheria, the Whispering Woods and Hordak’s lair. Reservations are required to attend the fan experience. Please loot out for more information on New York Comic Con’s social channels.

Voltron Legendary Defender fans can pick up a New York Comic Con exclusive vinyl, co-produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and MONDO, which will include music from the entire series, and original cover artwork by the show’s creative team. Stay tuned for further details on availability at New York Comic Con.

Lion Forge Comics is releasing a special comic book variant for Voltron Legendary Defender at Booth #1936. Co-writer Mitch Iverson will be participating in multiple signings at the Lion Forge booth on Friday, October 5 from 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm and Saturday, October 6 from 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm.

Additional details DreamWorks’ panels can be found below (talent appearances subject to change):

Thursday, October 4

DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

She-Ra is back! Inspired by the popular ’80s series, DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tells the epic story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Join executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes), Aimee Carrero (voice of Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (voice of Glimmer) and more as they offer first look at the highly-anticipated series.

Friday, October 5

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

Join executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montegomery, story editor Josh Hamilton and voice actors Bex Taylor-Klaus, Josh Keaton, Jeremy Shada, Kimberly Brooks and more as they look back on seven seasons of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender and after a sneak peak at the final chapter arriving on Netflix later this year.