Tuesday news round-up: Knott's, Universal, Disney and Marvel
Written by Robert Niles
Knott's Berry Farm announced today that its shoot-the-chutes ride, Perilous Plunge, will close at the end of the month. The park's planning a new attraction for the space, but hasn't said what that will be. What do you think of this type of ride? Personally, the only ones I like are the themed versions, such as Busch Gardens' Escape from Pompeii, or ones that offer some innovative twist, such as the vertical lift on Holiday World's Pilgrims' Plunge.Tweet
Universal Studios Hollywood announced another maze for its Halloween Horror Nights: "Universal Monsters Remix" will feature Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and other classic Universal monsters in a gothic castle, set to "horror-inspired dance and electronic music." That sounds a little like a Halloween version of Universal Studios Singapore's Monster Rock show. What do you think? Will it be a good fit for HHN?
And getting to the big story of the day: As I noted in an update on yesterday's story, the deal for Stacy Snider and Steven Spielberg to return to Universal is said to be dead. And with that, Universal has no need to give up anything to Disney in exchange for letting the two out of their distribution contract with Disney. Looks like if Disney's has any hope of prying the Orlando theme park rights to its Marvel characters from Universal, it's going to have to offer something else instead. As far as I'm concerned, unless Universal could buy the Batman rights from Six Flags and build a Gotham Island in its place, I'd be thrilled to see Islands of Adventure keep its Marvel Super Hero Island.
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