Universal Studios Japan

See how the waits are the same? No, single rider was actually closer to 30-40mins tops. I don’t know if they inflate the predicted SRL wait times in order to sell more quick passes, or if they’re just covering their butts in case the wait happens to run long (or maybe a mix of both…?).

Nightfall + long exposure + flat surface + Osaka = Magic.

We’ve gathered back at the front of the park for one of their newest and most popular attractions: The Universal Spectacle Night Parade!

Well, actually we’re a little early…and frankly, too antsy to stand still!

There’s that iconic Universal globe!

We rode Spiderman again real quick because it was a walk-on. I love how dated some of the scenery in the queue is now.

Ok! Parade time!

The Universal Spectacle Night Parade is actually more like 4 smaller parades all strung together. The first is Harry Potter!

The parade commences with Hogwarts students taking the Hogwarts Express!

During the train ride, dementors threaten to do that thing they do.

In fact, the dementors are keen on ruining everyone’s time on all 3 Harry Potter floats! Luckily the students are able to fend them off!

HP Float #2 is an in-progress match of quidditch!

House crests usher in the 3rd Potter float – a mini Hogwarts on wheels!

Students are busy studying when the dementors attack! (not the clearest shot, but we get some better ones later).

Harry Potter is, we think, the best part of the parade. The rest is very good too, however.

Despite not having a Transformers ride, the franchise makes up the 2nd quarter of the Universal Spectacle Night Parade.

The parade weaves all around the park, but the best places to watch are within the entrance area; the projections on the buildings really amplify the experience!

Jurassic Park makes up the 3rd parade segment.

The best part is when the velociraptor escapes and the animal trainers have to chase him back to his float. 

Also there’s people in those orb thingies from Jurassic World (that’s a pretty sweet gig as a performer; all you have to do is sit in the orb and panic).

THE VELOCIRAPTOR HAS ESCAPED.

EXCUSE ME! I HAVE CONCERNS.

BACK IN THE CAGE YOU GO!

Oh, and there’s a t-rex, of course.

The grand finale of the parade is Minions. Eyeroll.

Super Silly Funland float.

I must say I do appreciate the float of Gru riding a roller coaster themed to a large rat (?). Like, is Super Silly Funland located in Brooklyn, or…?

The last float is this minion luau.

Ok, now everyone RUN TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STUDIO LOT TO WATCH HARRY POTTER AGAIN!

Honestly the whole parade should go in reverse. Save your best sequence for last!

I mean this Hogwarts float is just breathtaking.

Look at the way it transforms as the students perform the patronus spell to defeat the dementors. #chills

Alright, time to call it a night. We’ve been here for 14 hours!

Between the park’s dedicated metro station and the main entrance is their very colorful City Walk (probably the best of the 3). 


And that’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who read all of our Japan trip updates (especially this one – we know it was a doozie). Join us for Sean and I’s visit to Universal Orlando! Excited to make some comparisons with USJ still fresh in our minds!

 

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