Published: May 17, 2013 at 1:04 PMBased off of the footage for the How To Train Your Dragon touring stage show, I think the Dragons franchise would make a great attraction/land for a theme park. It helps that the movie is great without being snarky/cynicial. Come on, Dreamworks. Don't screw this up with sub-par sequels.
Published: May 17, 2013 at 2:32 PMHTTYD.
Published: May 18, 2013 at 12:48 AMThe only problem that I see with a "How To Train Your Dragon" themed land at UOR is that there is already (almost) an overdose of dragons in both parks. They are heavily featured in IOA's Wizarding World (FJ and DC) and a gigantic dragon will sit on top of Gringotts in the Studios (and will likely be featured in its main attraction).
Published: May 18, 2013 at 2:08 AMCome to Australia! We give you Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworld), one with Looney Tunes (and Ice Age 4d movie)(Movie World) and one with SpongeBob and Dora (Sea World)! I can say, characters aren't the be all and end all. If we are talking any IP not just movies I'd love to see Mario from Nintendo. Or Adventure Time, that show is amazing.
Published: May 18, 2013 at 2:43 PMHow about "none of the above"? I want to see original attractions that have no tie-in to an existing franchise. Surprise me! Show me something I haven't seen before. I'm quite excited by Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland.
Published: May 19, 2013 at 4:57 AMI wish Islands of Adventure would do another retro cartoon ride. How about a Jonny Quest Adventures ride? I'd enjoy something so out of trend that it might appear timeless.
Published: May 19, 2013 at 12:08 PMI absolutely vote for Adventure Time.
Or Rango... Though if one of the proposed Paramount Parks happens, we might see that actually happen.
Published: May 19, 2013 at 6:12 PMBoy....talk about a limited menu.
Although it's not a franchise, I recently watched..and somewhat liked...Hotel Transylvania. Would probably fly as an attraction, if not a park.
Published: May 19, 2013 at 6:56 PMA Jonny Quest attraction would be wonderful! All that retro-futuristic goodness. I think the best approach would be the motion base theater in the round approach that I have seen as a possibility for Avatar.
Of the listed franchises, I think that an Ice Age land would be a very real possibility. A major ride, possibly a boat ride ala Madagascar Crate Adventure, and a couple C-tickets, with one focusing on fan favorite Skrat, would do well as a mini-land in just about any non-Disney park in the country.
Published: May 19, 2013 at 11:18 PMHere in Australia on the Gold Coast, Dreamworld Theme Park, has re-invented their kids area and have spent a great deal of Money with the Shrek franchise, Kung Fu Panda and Dreamworks related character theming.
Which is very well done to the minute details, which you wouldnt normally pick up on, from the animated Penguins that assist with the launching of the kids coaster - Escape from Madagascar, to the under side of gingy's gliders that are in the shape of ginger bread men.
With retail outlets that reflect the theming from Shreks tree house, right down to having shrek in the 'mud bath' bathing making his own jacuzzi.
Which has all been done very well, and fits the current area. That was looking tired and well passed its use by date.
As every time we visit always pick up on something different, or that has been added to the area. Now we challenge each other, to see what we can spot that has been moved, painted or added.
Theming is great in theme parks, just needs to be well thought out, not just a hash job and thrown together at last minute, as it makes a big difference to the thought process and much more appreciated by the guest when waiting for people that are on rides etc.