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‘Stranger Things’ experiences turn New York “Upside Down.”

by Susan and Simon Veness

“Stranger Things,” the popular sci-fi series now in its fourth season, has partnered with New York’s Empire State Building for a light show and photo opportunity, and with Netflix and Fever in a fully-immersive, interactive trip into the “Upside Down.”

stranger things cast at empire state building
Stanger Things cast members at Empire State Building
Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust

The southern façade of New York City’s iconic Empire State Building opened up a portal to the strange through a dynamic light show, “ESB in the Upside Down,” running now through July, 2022.

For its initial showing on May 26, 2022, “Stranger Things” cast members Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), and Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair) were on hand, and took part in debuting a Demogorgon photo opportunity at the Observatory Experience.

Fans can head up to the building’s open air 86th Floor Observatory, too, for a photo op with the life-sized Demogorgon, who looks out over New York City.   

“We are happy to unite New Yorkers and our visitors with once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the ‘World’s Most Famous Building,’” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory. “Now, our guests can come face-to-face with one of television’s most iconic monsters on our 86th Floor Observatory.”

To purchase tickets, visit esbnyc.com.

Stranger Things: The Experience

Looking for an even deeper dive into the “Stranger Things” other-world? Netflix Stranger Things: The Experience in Brooklyn invites “volunteers” to enter Hawkins Lab to participate as test subjects in a new study, and as their powers are unlocked all manner of strange things happen.

stranger things: the experience
Photo courtesy of Stranger Things: The Experience

The one-hour experience immerses participants in the world of “Stranger Things” through interactions with characters from the show, special effects, supernatural mysteries, photo ops, and 1980s nostalgia in a storyline that includes fan-favorite locations and moments.

Soft drinks, snacks, and alcoholic beverages are available, and guests may remain in the Mix-Tape phot op area for as long as they like.

Netflix Stranger Things: The Experience is recommended for ages 13 and up, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Ages four and under will not be admitted.

Standard admission starts at $44 per person ($30 ages five-17) and VIP Admission (which adds a drink, “Stranger Things” gift, and front-of-the-line access) is $72 per adult, $50 ages five-17. Pricing varies by day of the week.

For more information visit StrangerThings-Experience.com.

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