Published: January 31, 2013 at 4:42 PMTHANK YOU for calling out this new Muppet movie for what it is.... a remake of the Great Muppet Caper. If there's not some wink-and-nod reference to that fact in the movie then I will have truly lost my faith in the future of the Muppets :-P.... Particularly after the LAST Muppet movie was basically a remake of the "Very, Very Muppet Christmas Movie".
Published: January 31, 2013 at 6:24 PMI remember when Saul Zaentz was best known as the guy stealing money from John Fogerty. John even wrote a song about him, changing the name to avoid a lawsuit..."Vanz Kant Danz," I believe it was called. The title line was followed by, .."but he'll steal your money. Watch him or he'll rob you blind." It's on the Centerfield album.
Published: January 31, 2013 at 8:28 PMThere was a lot of Grinch stuff going on at Universal Hollywood around Christmas time. Special tree lighting, characters walking around, an entire snow area and a show that was filled 45 minutes ahead of time each time, as well as a stop in Whoville to watch a large cast sing a song during the tram ride.
Published: January 31, 2013 at 9:30 PMI really hope Lord of the Rings doesn't go into Universal Orlando alongside Harry Potter. Those two franchises don't belong in the same park together. If Uany of the other Universal parks got Lord of the Rings instead of Harry Potter (which would probably be a smart move at this point), I'd be fine with it, but no park should have both.
As for other things
-Whatever USH ends up getting will be good as the park currently has only a dozen attractions yet charges an $80 admission fee. I'd prefer something that's not a simulator or live show as they already have enough of those already. Perhaps they should copy the Madagascar area from Singapore to create a new kids area and them absorb the current kids area into Harry Potter land.
-I wasn't aware that SeaWorld San Antonio didn't have a pet show yet. It's been playing at the San Diego park since at least the mid-2000s (as Pets Rule), and was also playing at BGW (as Pet Shenanigans) when I visited a couple years ago.
-If World of Color was in 3D, they'd probably need to require everyone to have a show pass in order to see the show. Personally, I don't think it would make the show any better.
-Minor Correction: At 108 ft, Gold Striker is the tallest wooden coaster in Northern California, not the entire state. Colossus and GhostRider are both taller (125 ft and 118 ft, respectively), and are located within the state of California as well.
Published: February 1, 2013 at 9:22 AMI can't imagine the Middle Earth as something that I'm willing to see as a theme park attraction. The Lord of the Rings is all about War between these ugly creatures. They are not cuddly, not even the Hobbits. The women are hot. I wonder if they can do a Hooters of the Middle Earth.