The third season of the popular sci-fi Netflix show premieres on July 4, but fans can feel like they’re part of the action with several “Stranger Things” elements popping up between Friday, July 5 and Sunday, July 7 at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park.
The third season explores the teens trying to live normal lives as they battle the supernatural, and you can do the same!
The park’s iconic rides, such as the Wonder Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars and Carousel, will be Stranger-fied with in-show elements, additional prizes and certain surprises that will entertain guests throughout the park.
The park will also host the Hawkins Fourth of July Spectacular Fireworks Show at 9:30pm on July 5.
Coney Island’s transformation into the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana is part of a bicoastal takeover. The show will also be holding a retro fair at the Santa Monica Pier.
The pier’s iconic Pacific Wheel Ferris Wheel will be transformed into the Hawkins Wheel. There will also be a Demogorgon-filled Curiosity House, slime dunking booth, desserts, performances from Hawkins High School Cheerleaders, ’80s cover bands and a cast of magicians.
Besides Brooklyn and Santa Monica, “Stranger Things” has opened up pop-up locations in places like London and Seoul.
If you’re in the mood for a real deep dive into “Stranger Things,” you can also listen to music that’s inspired by the show.
Singer-songwriter and Brooklyn resident Ingrid Michaelson is such a big fan of the show, and 80s nostalgia, that she recently released an album entitled “Stranger Songs.”
In it, her eleven melodic pop songs take on the perspectives of characters like Hopper, Eleven and Steve. It also inspects key moments within the first two seasons and explores fan theories.
"I took inspiration from the show and the characters and all these ideas started to come to me," she said in a statement. "Every song on the record includes a reference from the show, some more specific than others, but all of the themes are universal—these are feelings everyone has."