With a limited amount of time at Comic Con this year, we were only able to catch one of the offsite events so we opted for the Netflix Experience. Let's start with getting in to the event. It was kind of brutal.
We went on Sunday, which has shorter hours. We got in line at about 8AM (the event opened at 11AM), and at some point a guy came through warning that we might not get in because they were cutting off the line at 1:30PM, with the event closing at 3PM. As it turned out, he was a bit off, since we got in by about noon. The wait itself wasn't too bad, since we had some pretty spectacular people in line with us. This really helped the time fly by.
The experience detailed three Netflix shows: The Defenders, Bright, and Stranger Things.
The Defenders portion of the exhibit was kind of disappointing. As you went up the stairs, there was a pretty cool sign for the show in the style of a New York Subway. That might have been the coolest part. As the line snaked through, you could take a photo with some cutouts of the characters against a backdrop of New York. There were also some cases with the main casts' uniforms. And....that's about it.
Next you went into a two room display for the upcoming Will Smith movie Bright. There was an interactive video thing where you got to wave around the "wand" from the movie. We didn't go through this but it looked interesting. There was a "tattoo" booth where you could get one of the orc tattoos. This was right up my alley since it was just a spray on paint and I don't do needles. We did this and you could take a "mug shot" with an orc face superimposed over your face. The next room had what appeared to be some props, including the burned out guy from the trailer. I also saw two of the most amazing actresses. They were just sitting on a couch looking down, and staying in character as everyone plopped down to take a photo. Overall, this was a pretty interesting room, especially since I knew nothing about the movie beforehand.
And finally we got to the Stranger Things section. After grabbing your complimentary bottle of water (maybe the best giveaway anyone could have at Comic Con), you had the opportunity to take a picture with your face as Eleven from the original poster. Next up was a room with lots of props, including the memorial to Barb (honestly, I don't get all the Barb hype. She did a fine job of trying to be Nancy's conscience but I don't get all the love for her). There were some clothes from the main kids in the movie, and a photo op with the kids' bikes.
The next room was a recreation of the Byers home. This included hands pushing through the wall, and of course the classic "Christmas lights with the alphabet" on the wall. I was impressed with the detail in this room. They also had the burned out phone that you could take a photo with, and next to it were all kinds of bills and collection notices addressed to the Byers. Pretty fun stuff.
The biggest disappointment here is that the Virtual Reality exhibit was not going on. If I recall this was originally listed in the activities, but it seems that by Sunday they cut it off. I guess to make the lines go faster, but this still stunk. We waited all that time but couldn't go through. There was another room that we were told was for VIP pass holders, so maybe that was it. Who knows.
Overall, we had a lot of fun. Was it really worth the 4 hours in line? Ehh...Maybe. Without the VR stuff, I'm not sure. We definitely had fun with what we were able to experience, but that was the big downside.
Did you visit the Netflix Experience at San Diego Comic Con? Leave your thoughts about the exhibit in the comments below!