Menonton Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald di Bioskop 4Dx3D

Sebagai penggemar berat Harry Potter, tentunya film terbaru produksi J.K. Rowling ini sudah saya tunggu-tunggu sejak tanggal penayangan perdananya diumumkan. Sekitar seminggu sebelum tanggal yang diumumkan tersebut (16 November 2018), saya mendapat info dari suami bahwa pada tanggal 14 November, bioskop-bioskop di kota tempat kami tinggal sudah akan menayangkannya untuk pertama kalinya. Saya juga sebenarnya agak bingung kenapa bisa ditayangkan dua hari lebih awal dari tanggal resmi yang tertera di sosial media Fantastic Beasts (FB), tapi kami akhirnya memutuskan menonton pada tanggal 14 November tersebut. Alhamdulillah ada yang bisa menjaga anak di rumah selama kami pergi šŸ™‚

Kebetulan suami punya satu tiket gratis menonton di bioskop CGV. Kami pun berencana menonton di sana. Namun sayangnya di CGV sini belum ada bioskop 3d maupun 4Dx3D. Maka kami hanya menonton di bioskop 2D.

Singkat cerita, tiga hari setelahnya saya ada keperluan ke Jogja bersama anak. Suami tidak ikut. Di Jogja saya menginap di rumah orang tua saya. Nah, di Jogja ada bioskop 4Dx3D, dan saya pun tergugah untuk menonton kembali. Kebetulan saya belum pernah menonton di bioskop 4Dx3D, dan setelah saya pikir-pikir, tidak ada film lain yang ingin saya tonton dengan efek 4Dx3D ini selain film FB. Akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk nonton sekali lagi, dan kali ini di bioskop 4Dx3D.

Saya memesan tiket menggunakan aplikasi. Karena menonton sendirian dan memesan tiket cukup awal, saya bisa mendapat tiket yang cukup di atas dan tengah. Setelah memesan tiket menggunakan aplikasi, kita tinggal datang ke bioskop lalu mencetak sendiri tiket kita di mesinĀ self-ticketing. Oh ya, tiket bioskop 4Dx3D ini di Jogja dibanderol dengan harga Rp 80.000,00 untuk hari Senin, dan Rp 90.000,00 untuk hari lainnya.

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Setelah pintu teater dibuka, kami dipersilakan mengambil kacamata, dan seperti ini tata tempat duduk di dalam teater 4Dx3D-nya.

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Kursi saya di G8 (kursi A di yang paling dekat dengan layar), ketinggian pas serta posisi tengah. Di layar sedang ditayangkan trailer film yang akan datang.

Teater saat itu lumayan penuh karena saya menonton di hari Senin (yang harga tiketnya lebih murah) dan besoknya, hari Selasa, merupakan tanggal merah. Saya perhatikan banyak penonton yang sepertinya baru pulang kerja atau pun mahasiswa-mahasiswa yang baru pulang kuliah langsung ke bioskop.

Saya pun iseng-iseng mengobrol dengan penonton di sebelah saya. Saya bertanya apakah mereka pernah menonton di 4Dx3D juga sebelumnya, karena saya ingin tahu seberapa parah efek guncangan yang disajikan. Ternyata mereka pun baru pertama akan menonton di teater 4Dx3D sama seperti saya.

Tidak lama kemudian, lampu di dalam teater dipadamkan dan di layar diputar beberapaĀ trailerĀ film yang akan tayang di bioskop. Setelah beberapaĀ trailer selesai ditayangkan, ditampilkan peraturan-peraturan menonton di bioskop seperti biasa, lalu setelah itu ada yang istimewa.

Apakah dia…

Ternyata penonton diberikan simulasi 4Dx3D dulu sebelum film benar-benar ditayangkan. Di simulasi singkat ini, kami jadi bisa tahu separah apa guncangan yang mungkin terjadi, serta efek-efek lain yang ditawarkan. Saya pun merasa lega karena saya jadi bisa siap-siap atau berekspektasi terhadap efek dari film sebenarnya.

Dan film pun dimulai. Selain merasa seperti benar-benar berada di lokasi film layaknya menonton di teater 3D, di teater 4D ini kami juga serasa ikut bergerak dengan tokoh-tokoh di filmnya. Sebagai contoh, saat kamera menyorot pemandangan dari atas, lalu bergerak dari atas ke bawah, kursi juga bergerak memberikan efek serupa sehingga penonton juga merasa seakan-akan terbang. Selain itu, saat kamera bergerak miring atau sang aktor terjatuh dari ketinggian, maka penonton pun merasakan yang sama. Bahkan botol minum yang saya taruh di tempat minuman di lengan kursi sampai hampir jatuh karena guncangannya.

Selain itu tentu saja ada efek lain, seperti cahaya, angin, dan… ah lebih baik ditonton sendiri saja supaya ada sensasi kagetnya. Kalau saya beri tahu semua sekarang, nanti tidak seru lagi šŸ™‚

Nah, mengingat durasi film yang kebanyakan di antara satu setengah hingga dua jam, maka jika kalian memutuskan menonton film di teater 4Dx3D, pastikan kalian tidak punyaĀ motion sickness yang parah ya, karena menurut saya efeknya lumayan terasa walaupun tidak separah wahana-wahana ekstrim di taman bermain. Untuk ibu hamil, hmm sebetulnya tidak ada peringatan tertulis bahwa ibu hamil dilarang menonton di teater 4Dx3D (mohon dibetulkan jika saya salah), tapi kalau saya pribadi sepertinya lebih tidak dulu, karena seringan-ringannya, ibu-ibu bisa saja muntah atau pusing. Bersabar saja dulu ya, ibu-ibu šŸ™‚

Apakah teater 4Dx3D ini worth the splurge? Menurut saya menonton di 4Dx3D ini lebih berfungsi sebagaiĀ refreshing daripada menikmati cerita dari filmnya sendiri. Jika saya menonton film FB ini untuk pertama kalinya di 4Dx3D, bisa jadi ada detail cerita atau film yang terlewat oleh saya. Karena kebetulan ini adalah kedua kalinya saya menonton film yang sama, maka kali ini saya lebih fokus di menikmati efeknya daripada di cerita filmnya sendiri. Lalu, untuk film lain yang tidak terlalu saya gemari seperti layaknya film FB ini, sepertinya 3D atau bahkan 2D saja sudah cukup bagi saya. Dan, kalau pun di lain waktu saya menonton di 4Dx3D untuk film lain lagi, saya rasa saya sudah dapat menduga efek apa yang akan terjadi untuk adegan-adegan yang ditampilkan, maka efek kagetnya sudah berbeda dengan saat menonton di 4Dx3D untuk pertama kalinya.

Nah, apakah teman-teman tertarik menonton film di 4Dx3D? Kalau iya, film apa yang menjadiĀ wish listĀ teman-teman untuk bisa ditonton dengan efek 4Dx3D? Lalu, apakah teman-teman penggemar berat Harry Potter seperti saya? Kalau iya, bagaimana tanggapan teman-teman untuk cerita FB di film keduanya ini? Coba ceritakan di kolom komentar di bawah ya! Eh tapi kalau teman-teman ada yang takut baca spoiler, lebih baik jangan baca komentar dulu sebelum menonton filmnya.

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Day 5: Five Places I Want to Visit

Hello, everyone!

It seems like I’m still on my track on doing this challenge. Yay!Ā šŸ™‚ So here we go the day 5: five places I want to visit.

UK, or to be more specific, all Harry Potter filming locations in UK. You might have bored listening to me talking about how I like all about HP world, so sorry, I have to mention thisĀ again šŸ˜¦ UKĀ is definitely on the top of my travel bucket list. I already have the list of places I want to go to if I had a chance to go UK. I don’t know when this dream will come true, since it’s quite far from Indonesia, my husband now is working in a company, and my son is still too small. But, who knows? Luckily, my husband’s travel bucket list is also UK, since he loves football (not American football, but soccer) and Sherlock Holmes. So UKĀ is on the very top of our dream destinations šŸ™‚

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Alnwick Castle, where Harry learnt to fly for the first time

NORWAY. In term of natural phenomenon, I really want to see aurora or northern lights in Norway. For me, aurora is very special since it can’t be seen everywhere. For example you can see snow in most of sub-tropical countries, you can see sea in any coastal areas, but auroraĀ can be seen only in northern countries. That’s why Norway is also on my bucket list.

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Aurora spotted in Norway

SANTORINI, Greece. Because the place is so pretty and has that romantic vibe. Enough said.

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NETHERLANDS (or Holland? I don’t know šŸ˜¦ ) Ever since I was a kid, my mom always read bedtime stories for me. I have a whole rack of children’s books with stories from around the world. You know, books with stories on the left side, and illustrations on the right side. I think that’s when my love for books grew. I always love reading books and going to the library near my house. And I think that’s also when my dream to travel the world arose. On one (or some) of those bedtime stories, I saw a very pretty illustration of windmill with tulip field and dutch house. And also pretty dutch ladies with dress and klompen (dutch shoes, also called clogs). Since then, I’ve always wanted to see them with my own eyes.

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Windmill with tulip field and dutch houses

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Cute klompen

MAKKAH and MADINAH to do pilgrimage. I’ve been there before but only to do umrah. Insha Allah I will go there again to do pilgrimage or hajj. Amen.

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Masjidil Haram in Makkah, a city that never sleep

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Actually, as someone who loves to travel, there are many more places I want to visit. I even haven’t mentioned some in Indonesia, my own country. But I think, currently these five are on the very top of my bucket list.

See you on the next day! šŸ™‚

PS: picture credit goes to Google

Day 3: My Top Three Pet Peeves

Yay! Ever since I read the list of 30 day writing challenge titles, I knew what I want to write for this one right away. It is as easy as abc!

Oh and FYI, according toĀ https://www.merriam-webster.com, pet peeve is something that annoys or bothers a person very much.

Ok, so here they are..

SPOILERS. Ugh I hate spoilers to the bottom of my heart. And it happened just last night! As a witch trapped in a Muggle bodyĀ Harry Potter geek, I read not only the book but also Pottermore, Harry Potter wikia, and sometimes I watch YouTube videos about HP facts. Last night, when I was watching a video about Fantastic Beasts, without warning, the people on the videoĀ spilled an important plot of The Cursed Child! I haven’t evenĀ finished reading the book yet šŸ˜¦ Before this, when I was reading a fact about The Malfoys, I also accidentally bumped into an important fact that will be revealed on The Cursed Child book. Whoever reading this, please don’t spoil anymore thing from The Cursed Child… ><

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Thanks to my best friend, Wia, who gave this as a birthday present for me straight from the UK šŸ™‚

TARDINESS without effort to be punctual. I accept tardiness with a credibleĀ reason, but some people just don’t value punctuality that much. Even when I was studying in Japan (a country famous for its punctuality), one of my lab mates was always late to our lab meeting. He is a kind person, but he’s just always late. And the other lab members sometimes talk aboutĀ his habitĀ behind him. You do know some of your friends who are always late, don’t you?

PeopleĀ DISCUSSING ABOUT MOVIEĀ they are watching inside the theater. Hello, there are other people who are also watching the same movie around you. Can’t you just talk inside your head? -_- And sometimes they also spill some of their knowledge about the movie! Ugh šŸ˜¦

What are your pet peeves? Do you have the same ones as me?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Review and Tips

Unlike my other posts in this blog, I’m using English for this post especially for all Harry Potter fans out there who want to really enjoy their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I know that some of you might want to read a review or tips before your visit, because I would do the same if I were you. The Wizarding World of Harry PotterĀ that I will do a review on this post is the oneĀ in Universal Studio Osaka, Japan.

This autumn I finally went all the way to Osaka from Tsukuba (the place where I live now) just to reminisce my childhood memories, the story that never really leave us *I know you all feel the same way :”), the place where theĀ magic happened, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Just after I got off at the nearest station from the Universal Studio, Universal City Station, I was welcomed by Harry Potter posters every where. It is understandable since this Harry Potter theme is rather new (it was opened for public on July 15th, 2014). And just after we entered the main road towards the main gate of Universal Studio, Harry Potter soundtrack can be heard.Ā At that time I thought I could cry of happiness and excitement T_T

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Main entrance of USJ

Well, I don’t want to spoil too many things,Ā because I’m sure it would feel different when you enjoy it the first time without knowing anything about it šŸ˜€

So what are my review and tips for a day out at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

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Main entrance of WWHP

1. Come as early as possible

As we know in any theme park in the world, there are some regions related to a certain theme that we can enjoy in one theme park. In case of Universal Studio Japan (USJ), they have Hollywood, New York, Jurassic Park, Amity Village, Waterworld, Wonderland, and also our main highlight, The Wizarding Word of Harry Potter (WWHP). The system to enter WWHPĀ is a bit different. Unlike other regions, you can’t just enter WWHPĀ after you get your ticket from the main entrance. First, you have to take an entrance ticket to WWHP which you can get freely from a machine located exactly at the center of USJ (you can see the location from the map the staff will give you at the main entrance).

Why do you have to come earlier, because the line to take this entrance ticket is just like crazy. The machine will distribute a ticketĀ with the time you can enter WWHP written on it. In my case, I came to the ticket machine at 9.15, and I got entrance time 11.20-12.20, which means I can enter WWHP during that time. But after we enter WWHP, actually we can enjoy it as long as we want.Ā So the earlier you takeĀ the entrance ticket, the earlier you can enter WWHP, the more time you can enjoy it.

Note that they also have visitors limitation everyday. If the number of visitors reach that limit, the machine won’t distribute the ticket anymore. You don’t want to go home empty handed, right?

Actually you can also guarantee your entry to WWHP by buying special ticket at the main entrance. That ticket costs around 2000 yen. So if you want to buy it, you have to pay the ticket to enter USJ itself (6980 yen) plus special entry ticket (2000 something yen). If you have this ticket, you don’t have to line up for the ticket machine, and you can go in and out WWHP as you wish. You can find detail information about it from this website:Ā http://www.usj.co.jp/e/attraction/att_detail/the-wizarding-world-of-harry-potter.html

2. After you enter WWHP, go straight to the main rides

WWHP consists of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle. In Hogsmeade, you can find all those fancy shops that sell authentic and iconic souvenirs from the Harry Potter series, for example Zonko, Honeydukes, Owl Post and Owlery, Dervish and Banges, and so on.

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In Hogwarts Castle, there are two main rides, “Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of The Hippogriff”. Trust me when I say it, the line of these rides are insane. Therefore, after you enter WWHP, don’t take pictures yet, don’t shop nor wandering around, you will have plenty of time to do it later. Just go straight to the rides so you can shorten your waiting time. FYI, when I first came to the ride, the waiting time was already 3 hours. When I was about to leave WWHP area, the waiting time became 4 hours! Gosh!

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3. Try Hogwarts Castle Walk

If you don’t have too many time in WWHP area because you also want to enjoy other areas, or you don’t want to line up for more than 2 hours for a ride, you can try Hogwarts Castle Walk. WhileĀ visitors lining up to enterĀ “Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey” ride, they will enter Hogwarts Castle so that they can wait while enjoying the castle’s interior. The interior was absolutely beautiful, and consists of some important iconic props from the movie, for example the talking paintings, the house points counter, Dumbledore’s office, The Defense Against The Dark Arts classroom, and so on (again, I don’t want to spoil too much!).

So in Hogwarts Castle Walk, you can enter different line to be able to enter the castle, without having to line up for theĀ “Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey” ride. Good alternative, eh? Trust me, you don’t want to miss wandering around the castle.

4. Enjoy the street performances

There are two street performances, Frog Choir and Triwizard Spirit Rally. The performances were very beautiful. I enjoyed the choir so much, they sang some soundtracks from the movie with acapella style. And the Beauxbatons students wore the same uniforms they wore on the movie. Very pretty!

5.Ā Flight of The Hippogriff

This ride is basically a usual typical roller coaster you can find anywhere. There is nothing special from this roller coaster, but if you want to stay only at WWHP area, it is worth a try. But if you will go to other areas, I recommend you to try roller coaster from Hollywood area because they are more challenging. And, if you have limited time in WWHP and it is not possible for you to ride both rides, you’d better choose The Forbidden Journey.

6. Take pictures of every detail

I thanked USJ management for making WWHP as detail as I could imagine.Ā The buildings, interior decoration, some iconic properties (I don’t want to mention any of them here because I felt really surprise to find some stuffs that I didn’t expect to be there, and I want you to feel the same excitement as me šŸ˜€ ). So make sure to take pictures of all of them as they could be a lifetime souvenirs, too šŸ™‚

7. Try the Butterbeer

Butterbeer is only sold at 3 places in the world, and USJ is one of them. It is sold in some stalls around the WWHP area so the line is not that long. You can buy it together with the mug souvenir, or only the Butterbeer with plastic cup. It is non-alcoholic, and the taste is like a soda drink (maybe root beer, I’m not sure) with float on top of it.

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Butterbeer with mug souvenir

8. Don’t mind other regions and stay until night

If you are a truly Harry Potter fans (just like me), I want to say that, don’t mind other areas, but just spend your time in WWHP until the USJ is closed. In my opinion, the rides atĀ other areas are not that challenging nor exciting. I don’t know why, but maybe because I’ve been to Disneyland, Disneysea, and Fujikyu Highland, the rides in USJ are just typical. Especially Fujikyu Highland has more challenging rides, and Disney Resort offers more rides that you and your family (if you travel with kids) can choose.

And what so special aboutĀ WWHP?

  • ObviouslyĀ this is the only one WWHP in Asia, so if you live in Asia, this is the nearest WWHP you can choose.
  • Since WWHP areaĀ is new, there are so many people also visit it, and the line for the rides, restaurant, shops’ cashiers, and even toilet are horrible, so I’m sure most of our time here will be spent queuing. Therefore we need a whole day to explore every detail in WWHP area. We even will need a lot of time to choose what souvenirs we want to buy because all of them are very iconic and authentic ’till I wishĀ I could buy all of them >_<
  • At night, there will be light up around Hogwarts Castle, so the castle will look even prettier than during the day. I didn’t stay until nightĀ in WWHP so I didn’t have any picture of it, but when I search #wizardingworldofharrypotter on Instagram, there are some people posts the picture of Hogwarts Castle at night, and it is so beautiful. I regret that I didn’t stay until late, so now I’m even planning to go there again for the second time before I leave Japan for goodsĀ šŸ˜€
See you again, Hogwarts!

See you again, Hogwarts!