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SDCC 2023 – XLE Productions Adds Adrenaline to SDCC Nights And Brings Barbie To The Party


San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2023 has come and gone, but the memories of fun and excitement live on. 

One of the standout experiences was the events produced by Experience Level Entertainment (XLE) Productions. The group had three back-to-back nights of parties and a well-timed Barbie immersive experience that delighted guests looking for a party experience to cap off their SDCC adventures.    

Parq Nightclub served as the home base for all events, and while the location was approximately a 20-minute walk from the convention center, it had enough space so guests never felt cramped.

The fun commenced the Wednesday afternoon of Preview Night (July 19th) with the opening of the Malibu Daydream Experience, which transported guests to a fantasy realm decorated much like a house in Malibu. Guests were treated to themed drinks, fun games, wardrobes to wear, photo opportunities, and dance contests. Character actors, brimming with happiness, roamed the room and engaged with guests to bring to life the immersive experience. Sessions were timed, which helped prospective guests to plan their day to attend. With the Barbie movie premiering the same weekend as SDCC 2023 it was quite visible walking around town and noticing the countless number of attendees and fans around the convention center and the Gaslamp area wearing pink to show their love for the character Barbie. This experience gave the fans what they needed to satisfy their hunger in the absence of promotion of the movie by the company during the entire convention.

When the Sun went down, the evenings at Parq became a vibrant nightclub with different themed parties each night.

The kickoff party was Ready Party One: 8-Bit Legacy, which transports guests to a retro world of classic gaming with Mario-themed decorations and arcade machines to add to the ambiance away from the main dancefloor. DJ Elliot (who fans have seen many times at several Star Wars Celebrations) and the performance by Violet on the Rocks were the standouts for me on the main dancefloor. They kept the dancefloor buzzing with their awesome pieces of music.

On Thursday night, July 20th, guests were transported to the 1990s with Nostalgia Nightclub, and the finale event was The Monsters’ Ball on Friday, July 21st. The Monster’s Ball was hosted by LeAnna Vamp (AMC’s Talking Dead, SyFy’s Cosplay Melee), and headlined by Sam Feldt, world-renowned international DJ, with band Not a Phase. 

In general, the music and atmosphere at Parq fueled by the DJ, musicians, and headline acts created a great end to a day of San Diego Comic-Con adventures. It is also important to note that XLE knew how to take care of their guest with giveaways throughout the night, including VIP passes and gaming accessories for winners to take home. The giveaways and guest interactions increased the energy in the room and made each night very enjoyable to attend. 

Hopefully, XLE brings the magic back to SDCC in July 2024.

Did you attend any of the parties or XLE Production events during SDCC? Join the conversation on the FoCC Forum and let us know how much fun you had.


Kevin aka "DRWHO42" watches a lot of TV and avoids spoilers like the plague. He is an avid Whovian, Trekker, fanboy, gamer, traveler, planner, self-professed gym rat, and Starbucks espresso loyalist. When not plotting out his schedule for the next tent-pole movie or watching his favorite shows he is on the hunt for pop-culture TV & Movie media news. More importantly he is a frequent attendee of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC). Follow him on Twitter @kevinDW42 @FoCCBlog