Wings and Wizards is an interactive, family-friendly exhibition where you get to solve puzzles and cast spells at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium in 2021.
The attraction opened on June 8th and runs until September.
If you like Harry Potter, you’ll like this event. Although it’s not affiliated with the Harry Potter franchise in any way, between the spells, Wizards’ academy, magical creatures and other elements, however, you’ll recognize the similarities. Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione were wizard apprentices at Hogwarts. Now you can be one in Vancouver.
Wings and Wizards in Vancouver
Taking place at BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver, Wings and Wizards is a theatrical exhibition that runs for almost the entire summer in 2021. While suitable for children, the event advertises itself as fun for all ages. Kids and Harry Potter fans though will especially love it!
Each group of one to six people receives a magic wand which helps them navigate the experience. While Wings and Wizards is touch-free, the wand assists the group as they make their way through a magical forest and a wizard’s academy. Along the way guests encounter riddles and other obstacles in their path. The whole experience lasts for about three-quarters of an hour.
Wings and Wizards is produced by SHINE Experiences, a local non-profit production team. The exhibition is self-guided, using technology to provide an interactive and immersive story. The attraction was put together in a collaboration between SHINE Experiences and a couple of other Vancouver-based production companies.
Where is Wings and Wizards
The event is at BC Place Stadium. It doesn’t fill the stadium though, or even take place on the playing field area. It’s in a different area in the building. The entrance is at Gate A which is near the BC Sports Hall of Fame not far from the intersection of Robson Street and Beatty. The address is 777 Pacific Boulevard.
Although not on the playing field, the exhibition is set up at around ground level in the stadium. You have to walk down the sloping halls within the building to get to the entrance. That in itself is actually kind of cool. The anticipation builds as you get closer to the venue.
The attraction itself is set up like a maze where you go from room to room, following instructions and magical footprint-like lights on the floor. Unlike in the main part of the stadium, the entire area has ceilings of an average height. It’s dark in most of the rooms, but not too dark.
Staying Safe and Having Fun
As Vancouver continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the exhibition keeps pandemic-safety in mind. Wings and Wizards is an audio-visual experience, meaning that groups pass through without physically touching the exhibits. The magic wand each group receives is also a souvenir. The wand can be taken home at the end of the experience.
Only those in the same household bubble are allowed to visit Wings and Wizards together, at least initially. Each group can be up to six people. Face masks are required. Hand sanitizer must also be used prior to entering and groups are sent into the venue at staggered times to minimize contact. Measures such as these have been put in place to help make the experience as safe as it is fun.
Note: The exhibition occasionally features flashing strobe lights and so might not be suitable for people with light sensitivities.
Tickets and Admission
Tickets can be purchased on the Wings and Wizards website. Solo tickets cost $65 plus taxes and fees. Pricing for multiple tickets depends on how many people are in the group. Each additional person costs between about $30 and $40. Children, seniors and adults all cost the same.
Admission to the attraction is via Gate A at BC Place Stadium. Gate A is near the side of the stadium facing Beatty Street and Robson Street.
Ticket prices as of June 2021 are the following (including all fees, taxes and one wand per group):
- 1 Ticket – $71.50
- 2 Tickets – $112.25
- 3 Tickets – $133.00
- 4 Tickets – $153.75
- 5 Tickets – $184.50
- 6 Tickets – $215.25
Each group receives one wand no matter how many people are taking part. If desired, additional wands cost $30 each. They are available online at the time of paying for admission. Tickets must be purchased online in advance as they are not available at the gate at BC Place. Children under 24 months are free, although they also still need a ticket.
The exhibition opened on June 8th and it plans to run until September. These dates, however, are subject to change. The event is dependent on the public health orders issued by the BC government. As of opening day, the restrictions are such that the event is able to proceed.
What to Expect
Expect a magical experience when you visit BC Place Stadium this summer. If you’ve been to Universal Studios, you’ll see similarities between Wings and Wizards and the Harry Potter attractions in California and Florida. It’s not the same, and they aren’t affiliated. They both, however, involve wands, magical spells, fantasy creatures and a wizard theme.
At the Vancouver attraction there are talking trees, a dragon and a variety of special effects. There are no moving animatronics, like you might have seen at touring dinosaur events in the past, but there are model life-sized plants and other objects. There are also talking paintings and video projections of various kinds. It’s not Hogwarts, but there is a Wizard’s Academy.
At the event you and your party of up to six people go from room to room. Your wand helps guide you, as do footprint illuminations on the floor. Similar to the experience at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios, the wands have sensors that allow you to interact with different props.
Entry into each room and hallway activates sensors controlling the lights, audio and special effects. Only one group is allowed in a room at a time, which helps keep different households apart and makes the event extra COVID-friendly. You don’t wander around the facility freely, going from whichever room you want to the next. There is a definite one-way route.
The different scenes and activities on your journey through the attraction are tied together by a story. The experience is fun, entertaining and great for children, magic lovers and fans of fantasy tales.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience.
TIP #1: Don’t be surprised if you see kids in costume in the lineup looking like Harry, Ron or Hermione. You don’t have to dress up to participate, but you can if you want.
TIP #2: Don’t expect Wings and Wizards to be like the multi-gazillion-dollar Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios. The Vancouver event is great, and magical, but it’s not the same. The two entities are not related. The story behind Wings and Wizards is also original and different.
TIP #3: Be sure to go to the bathroom at the start before you enter the attraction. It’s unlikely you’ll find a restroom inside in a room or the Wizard Academy. And no, your kids aren’t allowed to pee behind a tree in the forest!
TIP #4: Masks must be worn in the venue. Remember to bring it.
TIP #5: Take your camera, or at least make sure your phone is well-charged. You are allowed to take photos for non-commercial use. You cannot, however, use flash.
Who Will Love It, and Who Might Not?
TIP #6: Although suitable for people of all ages, it’s ideal for children between 8 and 12 years of age. Their friends, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents will love it too.
TIP #7: More timid younger kids might find some of the scenes a bit scary. Also good to know is that you can’t touch things, and you have to concentrate, listen to the story, wait for a few things and follow instructions.
TIP #7: Because of some of its special effects, the attraction might not be appropriate for people with light sensitivities.
What Other Attractions Might You Like?
TIP #9: If you like mysteries and make-believe, you might also like Vancouver Mysteries and Forbidden Vancouver. One is an adventure games company and the other is a guided walking tour company. More for adults, but not exclusively, they are also in downtown Vancouver and lots of fun.
For more information about the attraction visit the Wings and Wizards website.
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- Vancouver’s Best Indoor Activities
- Vancouver Places for Children
- Entertainment in Vancouver
- BC Place Stadium
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver