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Idea to replace The Lost Continent in Ioa.

Universal Orlando: You could have something like Danayreus and her dragons be deceloped in place of posseidons fury? The wall and the Knights Watch made into a show at sibads. Part of the area kings landing part Winterfell. Good or bad idea?

From Shannon Nelson
Posted October 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM
A good idea for the lost continent area might be a game of thrones land?


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From Dominick D
Posted October 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM
Nothing says family friendly like Game of Thrones!

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted October 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM
Good one.^

From N B
Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Clash of the Titans, Narnia, Percy Jackson....

From James Rao
Posted October 21, 2012 at 5:08 AM
Thrones (while very good) has a small, cult-like following (on average, 2 million or less viewers in the 18-49 demo). I can't imagine it will ever be a hot enough property to earn theme park status. If Universal is going to pick something PG-13/R-rated, the Walking Dead is a much better option as it is easily the most popular scripted show on television these days. Zombie Land? I wish....

The latest rumor is that Seuss Land will expand out and a Grinch ride will replace Poseidon. Further, Potter will eventually assimilate Sinbad, leaving Mythos as the sole reminder that there ever was a Lost Continent. Ultimately it too will become part of Potter or part of Seuss, so the Lost Continent will truly be lost in a few years (I hate to see Mythos changed in any way, but it is probably inevitable).

From James Rao
Posted October 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM
^Before Potter, when Dueling Dragons and the Flying Unicorn were part of the Lost Continent, it was a pretty cool land. But yeah, when those two rides were carved out for the Potter "expansion" the Lost Continent lost its reason for being. I wish Universal had gone the extra mile and made the Wizarding World bigger from the start, instead of squeezing things in as they have. Oh well, in another few years Lost Continent will be gone, and the Potter space issues should be gone as well.

From robert morris
Posted October 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM
The rumored Grinch Drop Coaster using Posiedon's Fury would be great to expand the under used Seuss properties (yes I said underused)

But were I differ is that Sinbad instead of going to Harry Potter it be rethemed for Seasonal Dr. Seuss full Stage Shows

Sping: Lorax
Summer: Sneetches
Fall: Oh the Places You'll Go
Winter: Grinch

Turn Mythos into true full character dining

From James Rao
Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM
Good ideas, Robert, but while no one goes to IOA just to visit Seuss Land, they do go to IOA to live out their Harry Potter fantasies. The Wizarding World is the only land driving the business at IOA right now, so Universal really doesn't have choice: they have to expand the Wizarding World by annexing Sinbad and probably Mythos as well. The almighty $$$ demands it.

From Dominick D
Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM
Mr. Rao, just how would more Hogsmeade work in IOA?

From James Rao
Posted October 22, 2012 at 4:12 AM
Why stick with Hogwarts (ewwww...sounds painful) or Hogsmeade? Azkaban, the Ministry of Magic, and/or St. Mungo's would all make great settings for future Potter attractions.

Quidditch, anyone?

From robert morris
Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM
Harry Potter already draws of course, while Seuss is an ongoing movie franchise with movies every few years. But more importantly it's revenue is 100% a Universal property and it draws the one market Universal struggles with and that is families with children under 10.

Also I would be willing to bet Seuss merchandise is probably second is sales to only Mr. Potter on Universal property.

From James Rao
Posted October 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM
If so, it is a distant second. IOA was a stagnating park that wasn't selling much of anything before Potter came along.

Although I would think Marvel merchandise sells better than Seuss, but that is just a guess.

Good point about the revenues... Universal really doesn't do much with their own intellectual property. And Rowling does take a bite....

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted October 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM
As long as Twilight never comes into reality in IOA we should all be fine.

From David L.
Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM
James, Despite being more of a super hero (specifically Marvel) nerd, I spent at least an hour shopping in Suess landing and a whopping 0 seconds shopping in Marvel Super Hero Island on my trip to Universal. The stores in Suess Landing were very busy (but not like Potter). I can't say I even went into a Marvel store to know how busy they were.

From James Rao
Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM
David, Universal is clinging to Disney's Marvel properties for some reason and the shopping observations of one visit are hardly a big enough sample to draw a conclusion. Regardless, I did say I was guessing. However, I just don't see an expansion at IOA that makes Seuss the largest land in the park. I am not opposed to it, I just think it is highly unlikely.

From Shannon Nelson
Posted October 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
@ Domminick, it was just an idea. I love Universal and I sometimes I get raandom ideas where they could improve, not all of them would be great. This sounded like a good idea, but after reading some of the comments, it probably wouldnt be, thats how you find out stuff. And about family fiendly, The Terminator (Rated R) and the mummy isnt exactly child subject matter. And I still think my Public Enemies dark ride was a good idea, ecspecially for the New York area.

From Dominick D
Posted October 22, 2012 at 5:32 AM
Not one, not two, but three typos of the week!

1. Domminick
2. Raandom
3. Fiendly

Yes, Terminator isn't family friendly, but creating a whole land after a TV MA show isn't a good idea.

From robert morris
Posted October 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM
Could a virtually doubling of Seuss Landing be overkill, sure

But I think everyone missed the important part of Seuss: It's with all due respect to Barney, Desp. Me, Superstar Parade at USF it's Universal's best avenue for marketing to families with younger children.

I remember Robert broke down book sales and Seuss wasn't included. Not sure if that was an oversight or that Seuss sales aren't tracked as being pure childrens books. But again a guess but as for exposure to Americans children and adults for that matter Seuss could exceed Star Wars, Mr Potter and Marvel. While exposure doesn't always translate ticket sales.

Think about how many of those books you read as child

From Nick Markham
Posted October 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM
How about Skull Island with Poseidon's Fury re-themed to an epic King Kong attraction (a King Kong show could also replace Sinbad). It fits very well with IOA, because as cool as Seuss, MARVEL, Toon Lagoon, and even Harry Potter are, I feel ISLANDS of ADVENTURE just screams tropical or at least exotic to me, and I think we need more than just Jurassic Park to fulfill that.

From Dominick D
Posted October 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM
+1 to Nick's idea! Skull Island needs to happen!

From James Rao
Posted October 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM
^Agreed. I like Nick's idea better than a bulging Seuss Land. You have my vote - fwiw.

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