Vote of the week: Star Wars vs. Harry Potter?
Published: May 6, 2011 at 2:15 PM
Star Wars versus Harry Potter.
Universal Orlando opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year, and this month Walt Disney World opens the most anticipated new ride in Orlando this summer when it debuts the new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Let's put aside for the moment which ride you'd prefer. Instead, let's vote on which overall franchise is your favorite.
Star Wars began with movies, then expanded into books, animated TV series and one musical TV special we'd all rather forget. Harry Potter reversed the process somewhat, beginning in a series of books, then adding the movies. Both franchises offer highly popular Lego-themed video games, too. Fortunately, so far, we've avoided the spectacle of the Harry Potter Holiday Special.
Do prefer your conflicts between good and evil to be set amid the magic, wizards and school-age mischief of the Harry Potter franchise? Or the alien worlds, battlefields and spiritual mysticism of the Star Wars universe?
Personally, I wish that Disney would do more with the Star Wars franchise, and create an immersive land for Star Wars fans the way that Universal has for Harry Potter. The Star Tours rides have been nice, and I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements in this new version, but I'd welcome the chance to walk through Mos Eisely or Coruscant in a Disney theme park as I can walk through the village of Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.