Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on July 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Did I read that statement right? $125M to develop the new park? Wow, that is a disappointingly small amount of money. The Wizarding World cost twice that much and it is a tiny footprint with only one new attraction. This park is going to su--! Quality, themed attractions ain't cheap.
From 72.15.63.66 on July 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM
Great news. Just hope Fox learnt from their mistakes in the now closed Fox Studios Backlot Theme Park in Sydney, Australia.
From Ian Robinson on July 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM
Well, I'm certainly not eating at the Life Of Pi themed restaurant...
From Rob Pastor on July 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Is that 25 acre footprint correct? If so that's smaller than the mostly extinct local amusement parks were. Can't put much in a space that small. Jurrasic Park by itself at IOA is 22 acres.
From Robert Niles on July 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM
The acreage is what the release and the article linked above said. That's half the size of Universal Studios Singapore, which packs quite a bit into its 49 acres.
From Duncan Henny on July 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Here is more info
IGN Article - 20th Century Fox Movie Theme Park in the Works
http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/07/26/20th-century-fox-movie-theme-park-in-the-works
From Mike Gallagher on July 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM
I'd hardly call Rio and Life Of Pi "franchises." To me that implies more than one movie, and I'm reasonably sure we won't see a sequel to the latter anytime soon. Rio? I never saw it, but I didn't read anything that made it seem like anything special.

From Dominick D on July 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM
Mike, in addition to that, I don't even see how Life of Pi can translate into a ride. Granted it's an amazing movie, but there really isn't much to work with.
From Mike Gallagher on July 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM
^^Might work as a simulator, but that's about it.
From Dominick D on July 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM
There probably isn't enough in the budget for that Mike. Probably going to be a really short boat ride with statues of Pi and Richard Parker, and a visit to the cursed island with the meerkats.
From Jorge Arnoldson on July 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM
"Rio" is getting a sequel next year, so it can be a viable franchise.
From 219.92.148.199 on July 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM
You guys have to understand the cost of building in US is far more expensive than Malaysia, also for the land price. So I think 125M should be enough
From 86.186.182.43 on July 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM
This isn't Fox's first attempt at a studio/park like attraction. Fox Studios Sydney began trying to offer park like experiences (IIRC Titanic was the original drawcard) but fell back to just being a shopping precinct after it pretty much failed.
From Mark Kausch on July 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Mmmmm, Pi.

Mike, you obviously don't have - or have access to - a 4 year old. I almost know Rio by heart.