Who can do it better for LOTRDisney or Universal?
From Tyler HarrisWith Disney and Warner Brothers near an agreement to give The Lord of the Rings rights to Disney, who would really design The Lord of the Rings world and have better attractions? Disney or Universal? And where in the heck do you put this anyway??
Posted October 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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From Jorge ArnoldsonGiven Universal's experience with Harry Potter, LOTR is better for Universal than Disney. Besides, J.R.R. Tolkien hated Disney, and I'm sure his estate won't allow any Disney partnerships.
Posted October 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM
From James RaoMerlin Entertainments Group.
Posted October 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM
From Bryce McGibenyI would prefer to see it in IOA, which would follow the park's literary theme. It should replace Toon Lagoon.
Posted October 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM
From Andrew DoughertyBut if it replaces Toon Lagoon, won't UO only have 1 water ride? And Toon Lagoons rides are know for being top quality water rides.
Posted October 24, 2013 at 7:19 AM
From Brian EmeryIt all depends on how much money a company is willing to put into this project. Given a huge budget, both would be able to do a great job.
Posted October 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM
If I had to pick a company I would go with Universal.
From TH CreativeDisney. They could do a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' overlay -- 'Hobbits of the Caribbean.'
Posted October 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM
From Flavio de SouzaI agree with Mr. Rao. Merlin would be the best choice. LOTR would be a giant task, and Disney and Universal already have committed a lot of money to develop their attractions. If they try to do also LOTR, there would be a big tentation to go cheap.
Posted October 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM
With Merlin (that by the way is an English Company), LOTR would be the main star, and we would have more competition, what is good for us, theme park fans.
From Oscar MarquezI'll go to Universal.
Posted October 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM
From Ryan PickhardtI think my decision will have to wait for Disney to complete Avatar. If they accomplish what they say, Disney could make a great LOTR land. Right now, I would have to say Universal just because of the WWOHP. Putting it somewhere would be tough for Universal unless they remove Toon Lagoon, but then Universal would lose two great water rides. If Disney made the land, I have no idea where they would put it unless they put it in Hollywood Studios, but that park is already getting Star Wars and possibly Cars.
Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM
From Tyler HarrisI never heard of Merlin Entertainments Group but I am going to look it up.
Posted October 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Update: Those are the guys who created Swarm and the Smiler. Nice addition to nominations but I not confident they can do a VERY detailed area.
From Phil B.I think either one would be able to pull of a beautifully realized land with equal levels of attention to detail. The fork in the road is in the actual attractions. Disney always strives to make their experiences as accessible to all demographics as possible. Because of this, you don't get the aggressive, action-packed, edgy experiences that Universal often provides with their state of the art E-ticket attractions. You do get plenty of Omni-mover and boat rides however, and while those systems have been proven to provide quality timeless attractions that entertain all ages for generations, I'd like to think that todays average park goer leans towards more visceral, high energy attractions. Mind you, I think Disney is just as capable of delivering the goods as Universal (see Tower of Terror), it's just not typical of their established culture.
Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM
From Jaiden CohenUniversal
Posted November 21, 2013 at 5:45 AM
In Lost Continent or Toon Lagoon or (I hate to say this but it might happen) Marvel Superhero island.
From Oscar MarquezHow about The Lord of the Rings at Universal.
Posted November 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM
and The Hunger Games for Disney
From steve leeDisney, as part of a fifth gate in Orlando with Star Wars, Pixar (with real Carsland), and Marvel.
Posted November 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Yes, that obviously can't happen. Universal will sit on MSHI forever to spite Disney. But a fellas gotta dream, right?
From AJ HummelIf I had to pick one, I would say Universal, but I'd rather neither go for Lord of the Rings at the moment. Universal has Harry Potter and Disney has both Marvel and Star Wars, all three of which have more appeal than Lord of the Rings. Personally, I'd like to see Merlin take a swing at a Lord of the Rings land as they primarily operate in Europe, allowing the area to not compete directly with any of Universal's Harry Potter lands.
Posted November 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM
Restricting it to just Disney vs. Universal, I think Lord of the Rings land would work best as a substitute for Harry Potter land in California (if Universal got the rights), or as an alternative to Marvel in Florida (if Disney got the rights). It doesn't belong in the same park as Harry Potter, and I don't see a way to do Lord of the Rings justice at the Disneyland Resort until a third park opens with enough room to hold a full Lord of the Rings land (like a lot of major franchises, one attraction just isn't enough).
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