Published: July 12, 2014 at 10:36 AMBy the way, if I read one more article trying to diminish Diagon Alley by claiming it is "one ride and seven shops," I'm going to scream. (By the way, that's not the only error in the linked article.) More accurate reporting might describe Universal's Diagon Alley expansion instead as three rides (Gringotts, the Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade, and the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade to Kings Cross), four shows (Tales of Beedle the Bard, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, the Ollivander's show, and the "Turtle Talk"-style Gringotts Money Exchange), and three places to eat and drink (The Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue's, and the Hopping Pot beverage bar), plus those seven shops.
And people wonder why newspapers are dying. As a former newspaper employee, I see much more accurate reporting from independent online publications than I see from most newspapers, especially from general assignment reporters. It pays to actually know a beat.
Published: July 12, 2014 at 11:31 AMI think the "one ride" issue for DA stems from the fact that Gringotts is the attraction receiving most, if not all, the buzz, and it is the only attraction experiencing significant waits. Combine those six hour waits with all the tweets and posts about operations issues, downtime, and non-functioning effects and it leads to misinformation. Since everyone is talking about the Gringotts issues, uninformed mainstream news people think it is the only ride. And since it's "just an amusement park" who cares about doing that extra little bit of research to get the facts? Just one more reason to get your theme park news from TPI instead of the mainstream media!
So, when did Paramount decide to get back in the theme park business? You think they will learn from their past failures and emerge as a major player? Their parks had some great ideas, they just didn't maintain them. Will be an interesting story to follow...
Published: July 12, 2014 at 12:15 PMThis is in answer to James Rao's question: "when did Paramount decide to get back in the theme park business?"
The short answer is: they didn't. Paramount's intellectual property is being licensed by the developers of the proposed London theme park, London Resort Company Holdings. This is much like the defunct Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was not a development of the Seminole Indian tribe, owners of the Hard Rock brand, but a licensed property.
I'm pretty sure Robert can correct this, but I think Paramount owner Viacom intends to stay out of the theme park business.
Published: July 12, 2014 at 1:52 PMI, for one, think we all will be done a great disservice when traditional print media and newspapers ultimately cease to exist. In the meantime, I hope that schools and higher learning institutions start teaching courses and offering certifiable degrees in online journalism because it has been quickly taken over by the loudest, least trained writers with no real background or discipline other than their own innate and unshakable confidence in themselves.
However, due to the fact that most journalists are now earning less than full time McDonald's employees, the slide in quality and caring was bound to happen. The difference between a website like TPI and a major newspaper is that TPI is written and edited by folks who truly love and know the theme park business while a newspaper article on a theme park is likely written by a 20-something who is being paid by the word and needs to turn in his story as quickly as possible and get on to the next one if he wants to pay the rent and eat this month.
Published: July 12, 2014 at 4:33 PMJames Rao wrote: "So does the park have access to all Paramount films... I mean, can they make an Indiana Jones ride since Paramount distributed Raiders of the Lost Ark?"
Absolutely, as long as Disney (who owns the Indiana Jones IP) agrees to the license. As far as the other Paramount properties, it's up to the terms of the license agreement. Robert's written about this topic fairly extensively.
Published: July 12, 2014 at 4:40 PMRod Whitenack wrote: "I, for one, think we all will be done a great disservice when traditional print media and newspapers ultimately cease to exist."
Thanks for the nice compliment. As a veteran print journalist, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I'll take one exception, though: we aren't paid by the word. Most fulltime newspaper reporters and editors earn a salary. Although inexperienced ones are indeed paid poorly initially, experience changes this quite nicely.
Published: July 12, 2014 at 8:46 PMSo, that will be 3 Star Trek rides plan outside the U.S. One in Spain, another for the Red Sea, and now UK. I wonder what timeline they will use. Either the new movies or old series. Just to recap CBS & Paramount are separated, so only Paramount can use the movies & CBS can license the TV shows. I ask a former Star Trek insider about the UK Trek ship mode to see if they using TV or movies. Seems like they keeping it vague either waiting for Spain to be builted there's to copy or going with TV version. Still, why can there be plans for Star Trek here most likely with Universal I hope. And don't give me any guff that Trek is too old now. Same can be said of Indiana Jones. There's no new movies, but they made Billions. Same as Trek, it's made Billions but there's a 50th coming and like to see this either announce for UK and America Trek ride.