Realistically, I'd love to see someone out there give THE LORD OF THE RINGS the theme park treatment.
Anyone else out there have comments on mine or ideas of their own for books they'd love to see make it into the theme park universe?
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Phantom Tollbooth
I also would love to see Moby Dick, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Conquer from Conn Iggulden, about the live of Gengis Kan.
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Discworld? I'm not a huge fan of Pratchett but allow me to once again quote my husband.
Husband: What? A ride? You'd need an entire theme park! Do you enter and never leave again for 38 years? How would that work? How would you even find you car?! To make a proper Discworld theme park it would have to be on the back of a giant turtle that's supported by elephants, just wandering around. You'd never see your car again! You wake up one day, in California.. "What the hell am I doing here?" The next day your in Canada... "Daaaaamnit". Mexico? Burritos, cool but I want my car! Pennsylvania "Yay! My car.. oh hell the PPA towed it!". Wait, this is a bad idea.. don't build this!
Husband yet again: Nueromancer: The Ride! You never really go anyplace, you just sit in a chair and we dope you up then we flash pretty lights at you!
Okay, now that' he's done being funny and making me have to laugh at everything we thought of on our own I'll inject a few of my random ideas.
Mmmmmm... Now onto my own ideas.
I'd like to see something like Twisted Tales, for Grimm Borthers or Hans Christian Anderson. The real stories which where dark and taught lessons not the fluffy-Disnified stuff.
What about Narnia? Disney owns the rights, I'd like to see some kind of adventure ride show up in the parks. Hell, you could stick it in Epcot inside Great Britain.
Rachel Caines, Weather Warden series would kind of work for a Twister Re-theme oddly enough.
The rest of the authors and series I like would be nearly impossible without a theme park built for them but my geeky side keeps saying "Mercedes Lackey". However my mind boggles at the idea of how to pull that off! ;)
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I also think the Opera the Ring of the Nibelungen would make a great ride. This opera is filled with mythological beings and places all based upon the Norse and Germanic myths. I can just picture a Valkyrie based rollercoaster.
But - and call me old fashioned – some of the classical Greek books would make great themepark rides. In this respect I’m thinking of the Odyssey by Homer (not Homer Simpson :-P). This book has gotten everything from sea voyages to several monsters.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
- Who Moved My Cheese
- Fundamentals of Accounting, 3rd Edition
- Complete Idiots Guide to Dating
- Atlas Shrugged
- The Dictionary
This could be tacky, but maybe Kingdom Keepers turned into something like Kim Possible but for MK.
Also saw someone mention Series of Unfortunate Events. That could be it's own park too, but it would be for such a niche crowd. I don't care as long as it isn't Twilight.
Whatever book you choose, it probably needs to be a series with a developed unique "universe" like Lord of the Rings, but it has to have a mass appeal.
My first priority though is a new thrill ride in Tomorrowland based on Tron.
Personally I'd think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would make a pretty awesome simulator ride. The great debate would be which twisted version of "Willy Wonka" would we want as our host?
Hitchhiker's Guide has a lot of material to cull from, and I'm certain there's something good in there. Its sense of humor is a bit too dry for mosts Americans though, so I wouldn't want the soul of the franchise to be sacrificed just to make the attraction.
Tron really needs its own ride. Such a great art style that would be amazing to be immersed in. Disney's sitting on what could potentially be the coolest thing I've ever seen.
A Kingdom Keepers attraction in Disney may be a bit too... meta... for most people to make sense of. No offense to the people who suggested it, it's an interesting property. Maybe a Kim Possible-style event where you get missions to do around the parks would work, and timed events could really make nights more interesting.
Also, I'm a pretty big Percy Jackson fan and I think an attraction based off of it would be great.
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