Still, if that doesn't happen soon, Universal at least should move to ditch the newspaper comic IP in the land, as it connects with no one under the age of 40 anymore. Personally, I'd love to see more Jay Ward IP in the land to replace the newspaper stuff, but Universal's not going to make that investment so long as it sees any realistic chance that it will be gutting the whole land for a reoplacement within the next 5-10 years. That really does leave this land in limbo for now.
They have gotten creative in the past...
Could they legally retheme Hulk into an Avengers coaster or build a new Thor dark ride?
I also am a big fan of Disaster. I was very impressed with it last year.
And regarding the Wet 'N Wild property redevelopment, does anyone know if that means it's going to remain a water park? Or will Universal consider razing that whole plot and perhaps put a hotel or another park there, with some kind of skybridge or themed overpass for pedestrians connecting it to the rest of their property across the highway?
Finally, I agree about getting rid of the newspaper area in IoA, but the water rides in Toon Lagoon are both great, not only for the fun of the ride, but for the impact on the landcape and aesthetics. I would really hate to see Toon Lagoon disappear in favor of LoTR.
Toon Lagoon adds an immensely appealing sense of whimsy and lightness to IOA. It could be freshened a bit with some new character/storylines, but PLEASE retain the basic structure / concept and the two rides that are among the best themed water rides in the world.
That is the biggest concern we have with the proposed Demolition list. We also do really like Disaster and Twister, but not as much as Toon Lagoon. Fear Factor, Sinbad, Barney and Curious George can go away. Woody Woodpecker is fun for little ones but could be rethemed if necessary. (Reducing the number of family coasters is a bad idea.) We like Poseidon, Mythos and the Lost Continent theming, but it probably ultimately will make sense to annex it into Harry Potter.
As for middle earth, why not just tear down that bottom corner of the park (Hollywood and the Kidzone) and make LoTR there? Other than maybe the Horror-Make up show, what is there? Everything (including T2 3D) is outdated. When I went in October to the show (in the middle of a 90 degree day none the less!) it was 2/3 empty. The IPs in both areas need changing. Am I crazy?
You don't need to constantly rip out IP properties; they can be invested in. There was an article in Businessweek recently about how Marvel went into the movie biz (pre-Disney) to keep merch sales more consistent, as they were sick of the stock swings while waiting for Sony and Fox to make a Spider-Man or X-Man film. Universal should think similarly with its in-park IP properties for the benefit of Comcast as a whole.
Also, Robert, you seem to want it both ways: "tired IP" doesn't work for Toon Lagoon, but it's fine for Waterworld and Avatar? I don't think many kids today at Disneyland know Mr. Toad, but they sure seem to like the ride.