Vote of the week: Which new theme park development do you most want to see?
The next three years are shaping up to be big ones for the theme park industry. The Hard Rock Park
is slated open in Myrtle Beach, S.C. next year, with the Wizard World of Harry Potter debuting at Universal's Islands of Adventure
the year after that. And, over the next three years, Disney will be revamping Disney's California Adventure
in Anaheim, adding the new Cars Land, as well as other Pixar- and Disney-themed attractions.
Which brings us to the question of the week:
Ooooh, I voted first. And I voted for HP, mainly for the new E-Ticket using the Kuka tech. Which in my mind could be (tech-wise, though not thematically) like a cross between Spider-Man and The Mummy... which is just amazing to even consider.
I'm not a big fan of Harry Potter, but I still voted for it because I would like to see what Universal does with the theme.
I went with Harry Potter because the chances of me seeing it is much higher (since I do not know when I'll go to CA next)
I voted for Hard Rock because it would be something completely new and different (hopefully) as opposed to something being added to an existing park. (will eventually have to see all, of course)
I voted for HP even though it is still a ways away from opening. I am seriously contemplating jumping on a plane and heading to So. Cal to hit Orlando's sister parks. Never been!
I voted Hard Rock. I was at the preview center that they have set up this past August, and if the center is any indication of how the park will be, I can't wait to visit next year. Disney is Disney...and when it comes to California Adventure, I'll just say that we have a saying in the music/recording industry...You can't polish a turd. and Harry Potter is well...dying from mass overexposure (mark my words). Hard Rock is something with a fresh perspective and a new theme that's never been done before. I predict that it will have a huge first year and make it's mark on the industry for years to come.
We're planning to go back to Orlando for a Disney World/Universal Studios & Island of Adventure trip so we're DEFINITELY looking forward to Harry Potter. On a side note, the new SeaWorld Water Park (Aquatica) will be up and running by then. We plan to hit them all up, and by then, it will have been about 3 or 4 years since we've been to Orlando so (hopefully) it'll be a whole new experience.
I love Harry Potter the ride! I love Harry Potter!
Harry Potter intrigues. Looking at Hard Rock, I see a very similar layout to IOA (build around a lagoon) or Tokyo DisneySea...all of which is a good idea - but, bottom lining - another coaster park. Not that a Coaster park is a bad thing, mind you.
Potter is "dying from mass overexposure?"
I wonder if JK Rowlings confession about Dumbledore will affect peoples feelings on the new section.
Oh how I love rattling cages...DCA is a turd. If it wasn't, than Disney wouldn't be doing a mass overhaul. I'm sorry folks, but if the last Harry Potter book and movie really have been made, than Harry is on his way out of the limelight. The new area will be a success because Universal will make it look good, not because of Harry Potter.
There are still two more Harry Potter movies to go, so the hype isn't over. The transition is from going to an open-canon to a closed-canon. As the number of "new" aspects of the brand diminish, it will evolve into what Star Wars is - a story that is well-known and part of the culture, but one that is no longer growing (although, one can argue that the publishing of Star Wars novels and video games counts as a continuation of the story).
Derek writes: DCA is a turd. If it wasn't, than Disney wouldn't be doing a mass overhaul.
While it's true that Disney regularly revamps attractions, when's the last time that they spent a billion dollars to give a whole park a facelift? It cost them a billion to build the place. For that kind of money, they almost could have started all over again. You can't tell me that Disney likes this park, because of the sheer amount of money they are sinking into overhauling. As for the six million attendance figure, it would be nowhere near that if it weren't next to Disneyland. Am I really to believe that Disney will all of the sudden have this creative spark that it didn't have when the park was built? Wasn't the whole concept to make this an alternative to Disneyland? What will happen is that Disney will Pixarize the park (not a bad move considering they either can't or won't come with their own themes), and then make the rest of it just like it's other parks, and then we can then call the resort Disneyland and Disneyland 2.
Regarding the Harry Potter films, Derek writes: "If they make the rest, than time will tell just how much life Harry has left."
While I am looking forward to Harry Potter at IOA, Hard Rock Park looks like it is going to be awesome.
I'm thinking that if you want to go to see the Hard Rock Park, you'd better get there pretty quick, or wait two years after it goes into bankruptcy and the Jacksonville guys buy it for 25 cents on the dollar....
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