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Will Mel's Close?

Universal Orlando: Hey UO, you have not one but two Disney proporties in your parks!

From Dominick D
Posted October 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM
Unless your one of the 3 people living under a rock, you've heard that Disney bought Lucasfilm, which includes Star Wars and Indiana Jones. But did you also know that it includes American Graffiti? Yes, American Graffiti is now under Disney and not Universal. But what does this mean for Mel's Drive In at USF? Will it close and be replaced? Will it remain? Will it move to DHS? Your thoughts?


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From Derek Morse
Posted October 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM
My thoughts are that Mel's Drive in is probably not even on Disney's radar.

From Andy Milito
Posted October 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM
^ Exactly.

From Dominick D
Posted October 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM
What about replacing the Sci Fi Drive In? ;)

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted October 31, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Mel's is not a fictional restaurant from "American Graffiti". It was popularized by that movie, and is considered a Hollywood landmark.

From Dominick D
Posted October 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM
Indeed Jorge, but it's based on the one in American Graffiti ;)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted October 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM
I doubt Disney will really care...

Example, both have a Brown Derby (one is a hat shop, other is a fine dining place)

From Skipper Adam
Posted October 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM
But the Brown Derby played no notable role in movies, just the I Love Lucy episode.

From Robert Niles
Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Let's not forget that LucasFilm does not have the unobstructed rights to everything in every movie George Lucas ever made. Paramount retains substantial rights to Indiana Jones, which is one of the reasons I've heard cited why Disney's not planning to pursue anything with that franchise at this point.

And American Graffiti was a Universal flick.

From N B
Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I am pretty sure these details were sorted out prior to Disney purchasing LucasFilm.

From Rob P
Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:31 AM
What if, like the majority of our high street businesses, it all ends up being owned by one parent company controlling both Disney and Universal ?.
Very unlikely but never say never.
That scared you more than Halloween didn't it ?

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM
I wouldn't be suprised if Disney wants a tax sort of thing or something.

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