However, I am not sure how this deal shakes out, and maybe the rides are no longer for sale?
Still, this would definitely up the competition, which can only benefit the fans.
Just because the Cypress Gardens location is out of the way, it doesn't doom the whole idea of a Legoland being successful. Just look at Knoebels here in Pennsylvania. It's way out in the sticks, but people from all over PA,NY and NJ, come to this little burg to enjoy the rides. And from what I've read in TPI, folks from all over come here also, to my home park, just 10 miles away. So advertising does help.
I'd hate to see all of Cypress Gardens disappear, it's a nice place. So hopefully Merlin can fit a Legoland in the area some how. JMHO.
I agree that Disney or Universal are not going to respond for some time if Legoland does come to fruition. As far as location goes, I figure that if enough tourists express interest in the new park, Merlin and Mears could create a similar transportation option that Busch Gardens has.
They bought over Tussaud's in the UK two years ago and have since been adding new rides, attractions and generally improving all of the parks that came with the takeover.
They are good and I'm sure the other established Florida residents will be keeping an eye on there new neighbour.
Don't think even with two gates it would be more than a one day park, so would be an add on to an Orlando vacation for most, and would not pull a response out of the existing parks.