Rumors swirl over 'Harry Potter Island' at Universal Orlando
Whispers are building to a roar that NBC Universal's about to announce the first major change to Universal's Islands of Adventure
since the park opened in 1999.
Arthur Levine sends word from About.com that "Universal's creative wizards plan to substantially change one of the park's five islands and re-theme it to the stories and characters of one of the most popular children's franchises. And I mean hugely popular."
A TPI reader wrote "Rumour has it that IOA is going to be rethemeing an area of the park with some major new attractions.......what should this be...Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings......I have heard that Harry Potter is a goer........thoughts or any information?"
Playing process of elimination: There's no way Universal would scuttle the theme for Seuss Landing... or Marvel Island... or Jurassic Park.
That leaves... "Toon Lagoon," which could have a new cartoon-related theme imposed on it relatively easily.
Or... "Lost Continent," which could be morphed into a LotR or Harry Potter Island with little effort. (Save for a stunning new attraction, of course.)
Of the two, Lost Continent has, by far, the weaker overall identity. Plus, the Sindbad show could be swapped for another theme with minimal fuss. And the Poseidon show takes up a large footprint which could be given over to a more impressive ride or show. I would think Dueling Dragons would have to remain, but its backstory could be made to fit any Dragon-friendly narrative. (Like, oh, say, Harry Potter....)
What are you rooting for Universal to do with IoA?
Lost Continent has the weaker identity? How do you figure that? If you say because no one has anything to reference it to, then you are somewhat right. No one really reads anymore and the tales of Merlin, Sinbad, and the gods would be left on them. This is the most stand alone part of the park, and the most original. To convert that to something....even if it is Harry Potter....is almost to take away that parks originality.
Yes, I meant "weaker identity" not in that the area is not well-themed, but that the theme is not as uniquely defined as the others in the park. Seuss Landing, Marvel and Jurassic Park could only be Seuss, Marvel and Jurassic Park. Toon Lagoon is, well, toons. But "Lost Continent" could be anything from LotR to Dungeons and Dragons to Harry Potter to a Xena episode without much revamping the area. To me, that flexibility weakens the identity.
I hate Harry Potter....
Derek Potter sounds like Harry's jealous little brother. :)
Well, in order to shine any light on this rumor, you might want to check and make sure Universal even has any ties to the franchise at all. Whatever the case, Harry Potter doesn't really lend itself to toons, nor does Rings. I could, however, see Universal switching things up in Lost Continent. However, with the more or less recent revamping of Poseidon, I doubt there's any validity to these rumors, even if Universal could claim rights.
It does lend itself to be anything from those things, becaue it is everything from those things. It takes heavily from the Aurthurian legends and times then to the middle eastern and even to from the mythological bit as well. Its a lost continent of lost times. I think it stands alone in that respect and creates its own identity. It doesnt have to be related to a book or character to have its own voice....Besides, they should dump some money instead into parts of the park that really need it like Jurassic Park, which has two rides one of which everyone can go on.
Get rid of Toon Lagoon! The only good thing there is Popeye!
Yes. But studios without theme parks in certain markets license to other companies all the time. Witness the Nick and DreamWorks characters at Universal. Or the Muppets at Disney, before that purchase was completed.
For several years there have been rumors swirling around the Pensieve about a Harry Potter themepark. I would love to see it happen, but I am very skeptical. JK Rowling is very protective of her enterprise and has been hesitant to consider this option. Personally, I don't see it happening and suspect it's nothing more than muggle dreams. I am also very fond of The Lost Continent, and it is one of my favorite areas in IOA.
I wish they would add to the park if there is room. My children love Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I think there is a huge following for these stories that would help Universal truely compete with Disney. I live in Arkansas and when I tell people about Univesal Orlando most of them are not familiar with it and all, the great vacation it offers. I show people the pictures of my kids with the Cat and the Hat and the Grinch, and they are surprised. Universal needs to work on its marketing...
I thought Nick was part of Universal since they filmed most of their game shows in FL.
stuiped stuiped stuiped! DO NOT retheme the Lost Continet area for Harry Potter but put it someplace else as other people have said! I hate Harry Potter...
Hmmm...Harry Potter in IOA, that might work. I personally am a fan of Harry Potter and think it would be a great addition to IOA. But at the expense of re-theming one of the five islands? I would hate that and would prefer that they create a new island. However there is limited space to build in. Assuming one of the lands would have to be re-themed, I am unsure as to what Island I would choose to get rid of as they all have their strong points.
Nice job Adrian Walker! I liked how you individually seperated the islands and made your points. I personally think that IF they were to re-theme Lost continent, they'd get more good publicity with Harry Potter. Obviously because it attracts more kids and its more family friendly. Not to mention how easy it would be to redesign. I LOVE Lord of the Rings, but not too many kids i know liked or even understood that movie. Now, I dont think it would be a good idea to re-theme toon lagoon. Reason being, it has all the classic cartoons. I like the classics. But, if the theme goes, they better not get rid of those water rides. Like it was previously said, Florida=hot summer. Popeyes and dudley ripsaw falls are the only rides i have ever been on that everytime i get on i get SOAKED!! EVERYTIME!! Well, thats pretty much it.
Its all about licensing Anthony. Nick had an option with Universal, then the whole company was bought out by Paramount. When the license deal ran out, it was moved out. Dreamworks is in the same boat. They were sold to Paramount, and now while Shrek will not go anywhere, you will not see any new Dreamworks projects go in.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, keep Lost Continent but add something to it.
No...Derek Potter is older than Harry Potter, and the brother joke is just a tad old to me. It's kind of like that guy in Office Space named Michael Bolton. I made Potter cool before Harry was a tingle in his daddys pants. Why oh why did a character with my namesake have to be a complete dork. I could live with like...Dirty Harry Potter or something like that.
Who has the Transformers license?? A Transformers island would rock!
'Office Space' Island... now *there* is a concept I can get behind!
I scrolled briefly through the comments, so someone may have mention this.
Are you kidding me? Six Flags and Harry Potter theming? Go into a corner and re-think what you just said...
J.K. Rowling is too smart to let Six Flags have the rights to Harry Potter.
Omg! This is so exciting! I definitely think that they will revamp the Lost Continent! That is the part of the park I never cared much for, minus the coasters. I love both HP and LOTR, so either one would rock! Cant wait to see what they do! I wonder when this should be completed! Is there any estimates on when they schedule to have this done, or maybe any of the new attractions? woooo hoooo!!!!
Star Trek is in Paramount Parks, which I've seen at Kings Island (a while back).
"...the franchise is entering into the 'really really getting old now and turning into a pop culture joke' phase"
Well...its been kind of confirmed, though not officially. Screamscape is running how their sources have said yes, its going to happen, AND a major attraction for it will be pushed up to 2008. AND it seems that Universal will make an announcement (this not according to anyone that can be named or screamscape) this summer when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released on July 21st. So this rumor is picking up steam, and everything that was said about disney is probably either a charade, a lie or true....but they sold it for a helluva price tag.
I'm just saying I think that the Harry Potter craze is coming to an end. Let me ask this...how many presales were there in the US? Harry Potter may be going strong in it's homeland UK, but we are talking about Islands Of Adventure. I'm thinking that the park should invest for the long run, and Harry Potter just isn't going to stick around in the masses hearts that much longer. Call me crazy superfans, but that's what I think. I've been called crazy before.
If there is indeed a "major attraction" coming for Harry Potter, what do you think would qualify as a major attraction ? The thoughts that jump out at me would be something quidditch related, but I agree with those that say Harry Potter doesn't seem to fit with the general IOA theme.
IF they had to transform The Lost Continent, I would have to think that LOTR would fit better. Plus LOTR has been around a lot longer that HP. It's proven it can sustain a fan base for many, many years. I would be very disappointed if IOA put a Harry Potter land in...
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