io9 was invited to preview the Jupiter’s Claim set from Jordan Peele’s Nope, soon to be featured on the legendary Studio Tour attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. While the plot of the film is still very under wraps, we were able to participate in an immersive carnival experience as we explored the real exteriors used in the film that was transported to the Southern California theme park. It will be included on the tram tour starting July 22 when Nope opens in theaters.
A Mysterious New Attraction
Picture vehicles from Nope.
Setting the Tone
Remnants of “bad weather,” which is all we learned about what’s going on in the world of Nope.
Welcome to Jupiter’s Claim
Seems perfectly normal, not a cloud in sight.
The park honors “Jupe,” the character that former child star Ricky Park played in the Kid Sheriff show that’s part of the film’s universe.
Them’s the Rules
As part of the special event put on by Universal Pictures, we got to experience a special, one-night-only version of the latest addition to the Universal Studio Tour, where we were able to play carnival games for jingle jangle coins to exchange for prizes. Unfortunately the interactive aspects of this event won’t be a feature of the regular Universal Studios tour; only VIP tour guest will be able to walk around the sets. All other guests will have to spectate the eerie Western theme park from the tram.
Definitely Something Amiss
For this event, JFI Productions, a local immersive collective, brought us into the world of Nope. Randomly the Western characters would slip into a sort of daze, like when the weather affects your mood—but a bit more eerie.
All Fun and Games
Then they’d snap back into carny action after the weird atmospheric vibes faded.
Step Right Up!
Test your might!
Sets From Nope
The set features facades and show buildings that will be seen in the movie. It was completely rebuilt on the Universal Studios backlot for the studio tour attraction.
Perfectly Not Sketchy
This game involved a huge level of trust and luck to get a lot of coins.
Some Rides Were Closed
Like the Star Lasso Experience which was a casualty of that “bad weather” park employees kept referring to.
As it got dark things began to get a little more freaky.
The western theme park music loop would get hit with unsettling sonic interference that would startle actors and direct their gaze to the sky.
Pay No Mind!
And again, the cast would snap back into work mode like nothing ever happened.
Collect Those Coins
You had to make sure to get more jingle jangle for prizes and ignore the weird sounds and screams.
Prizes included special event Nope in-universe park gear.
Then The Clouds Appeared
And the screaming started again...
Don’t Look at The Sky...
We’ll find out why July 22 when Nope opens in theaters.
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