Vote of the week: Star Wars vs. Harry Potter?
Disney and Universal count some of the world's most popular entertainment characters and franchises among their line-ups. But at the Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Resorts, these rival companies don't limit themselves to their own characters. This year and last, Disney and Universal are competing using two of the world's most popular entertainment franchises, ones that neither Universal nor Disney own.
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.
Harry Potter x 1000000000
I only like the Star Wars prequels. DHS needs a Jar Jar ride.
Overall I think Star Wars is a richer total universe, but as far as theme park experiences go, Potter still rules. There is really no comparison, Potter took it to a whole new level with the Wizarding Wolrd while Star Tours 2 is just another ride.
As a long time passholder for both parks, Universal took it to a new level this past summer. Potter is a villege while star tours is a ride. Not to mention, the new potter ride is just about the best there is at a theme park. Personally, I like star wars better then Potter but, this is about a ride and the park..sorry, universal wins hands down in this case...with ease and butterbeer, the restaurant and all the shops blow away what disney has done...[ now if they have a true star wars villege, then watch out!!]
Even if the only
Star Wars is iconic, with some of the best and most quoted lines of the two. I love Harry Potter and Star Wars, but Star Wars has proven its power for over three decades. I believe Harry Potter will also prove it in the future, yet you can't help but be pulled to the dark side of the force :)
What?!?! Harry Potter has less than SW?!?! Harry Potter is the highest grossing series of all time, made billions in movies and the theme park land, while star wars only has 2 simulator rides. And SW is kinda,well bad.No offense SW fans.
Can't do it.
They should absolutely turn the land around it into a Star Wars land.
Voted for Harry But I wish Disney would get with it and do a SW land. It would give the Boys something and give a whole new reason to go to what ever Park it was put in.
As Mr. Niles wrote in the poll:
Franchise wise, sorry HP fans, Star Wars rules! Only because it's an older, more established franchise. But in terms of theme park experience, I definately think Potter rules this area! Disney can do more to enchance the Star Wars experience as long as they don't have Jar Jar or those teddy bear warriors!
I am thrilled Disney finally got around to Re-Imagineering the world's first simulation ride: Star Tours. Since George Lucus (our modern day version of Walt Disney - although there will never be another Uncle Walt) gave it his thumb's up, it should be incredible.
You know, I am a bit suprised that Disney didn't just "go for broke" and make a land at DHS. I think it would be great, especially after the huge success of Star Wars Weekend. Also, DHS could use a bit of a sprucing up!
"George Lucas and his gang completely rewrote the book on how movies are made and marketed, and changed the landscape of cinema forever."
They definetly have the space too. It would so cool to have a theme star wars area just like Harry's
Star Wars all the way. I have never read a Harry Potter book or seen a Harry Potter movie. I don't see what all the fuss is about. I have no interest in Harry Potter whatsoever.
Ok Colton, If you have a bone to pick with George Lucas, this isn't the place for it. The topic was Star Wars or Harry Potter.
Bravo James!! Very well said.
While Harry Potter is an amazing series, Star Wars is unbeatable. The Star Wars films are better than the HP ones be a mile. I haven't read any of the SW books, but the HP ones a pretty good. Ride wise, I can't judge yet, but it looks like HP will beat SW unless the upgrade really takes the motion simulator to the next level. IF Disney built a SW land, It would easily conquer HP world, but a SW land would be incredibly challenging and expensive(like 500+ million dollars if you wanted to represent more than one planet compared to HP's about 200 million).
oh man, this is FAR too difficult!
There is so much more that can be done with Star Wars. It has already stood the test of time and still is going strong. I have 7 great rides already with names. My favorite is Vader's Revenge- a dark slower roller coaster.
Thomas, you know absolutely nothing about Harry Potter, since as you stated, you didn't read any of the books or see any of the movies, sooooo how can you compare the two??
As far as the franchise on it's own goes, I prefer Star Wars.
I'm sorry, this was sort of me taking out my anger at George Lucas. I do not like him at all, so I said Star Wars pales compared to HP, which isn't true at all. I just have a deep loathing for George Lucas.
I voted Star Wars because it's a bigger more impressive franchise..... but I think Universal took Harry Potter way farther than Disney took Star Wars.
I don't need to compare the two. I don't have any interest in witches and warlocks(Harry Potter)or wizards or whatever. Nobody has to know everything about everything to know what he likes or dislikes. I know what I like and I know what I don't like.
Just an FYI James which surprised me too, Industrial Light & Magic did not provide effects for Deathly Hallows, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/trivia
Colton, thanks for further explaining your stance in this debate. I am sorry you do not like Mr. Lucas. I have never met the man, so I can't speak to my like or dislike of him, but I do have a deep like of the things he has imagined.
Yep, anonymous poster 188.8.131.52, a London based company, Double Negative, took the helm for the last two movies after assisting ILM on several previous installments.
James, I think we can both agree with what we agree with and disagree with what we disagree with, and leave it that way.
An equitable solution, Colton. I sense the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
I voted "Star Wars" but I do enjoy "Harry Potter." You can find inherent flaws in both franchises, so I'd rather not spend all afternoon doing that, so I'll leave it with this: Episode I and II were not that great and the last couple of HP movies have been disappointing, in my opinion (It is true that Episode IV is the only stand-alone movie in either franchise).
Star Wars will be around long after Harry Potter is dead and gone.
I always thought it could have been awesome if Star Tours emptied into a Star Wars themed area rather than just a gift shop (think of how Wild Arctic empties into the animal areas at Sea World). So much untapped potential. Of course, I also think it would be cool if you had to take a Hogwarts Express ride to get into TWWOHP...
Personally, I enjoy reading the Harry Potter books more than I enjoy watching the Star Wars films. So that pushed me to vote Potter here.
From 184.108.40.206 on May 7, 2011 at 1:44 PM
Robert hit the nail on the head. The Star Wars universe has been opened up to such a huge degree that it is hard to compare the two simply on content. I mean, the story alone in the video game "Knights of the Old Republic" was enough to rival any of the Star Wars films. And that was just one videogame. Star Wars has LOTS of videogames, and novels, and comics and......etc.
Star Wars, hands down, no contest, especially for adults. Having said that, there's soooo much more that Disney could have done - and still could do - with the Star Wars franchise at its parks. Here's hoping they get moving soon on it.
Neither. I was a fan of Star Wars, but I was very young. Now I'm old. I never caught up with Harry Potter.
I am late to this party since I was out of town this past weekend. But it is a great discussion. And already one of my favorites in the last 5 years here on TPI. :)
Lucas would never allow Disney to have a whole themed area as he's to much of a control freak. I hope I'm wrong as I would love to see it. But I would suspect he would build one in California with his own funds and have 100% control and not have to listen to Disney's input.
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