Who can do it better for LOTR
Disney or Universal?
With 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??
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Given 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.
From James Rao
Posted October 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Merlin Entertainments Group.
I would prefer to see it in IOA, which would follow the park's literary theme. It should replace Toon Lagoon.
But 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.
It 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.
If I had to pick a company I would go with Universal.
Disney. They could do a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' overlay -- 'Hobbits of the Caribbean.'
I 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.
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.
I'll go to Universal.
I 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.
I never heard of Merlin Entertainments Group but I am going to look it up.
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.
Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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.
In Lost Continent or Toon Lagoon or (I hate to say this but it might happen) Marvel Superhero island.
How about The Lord of the Rings at Universal.
and The Hunger Games for Disney
From steve lee
Posted November 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Disney, as part of a fifth gate in Orlando with Star Wars, Pixar (with real Carsland), and Marvel.
Yes, that obviously can't happen. Universal will sit on MSHI forever to spite Disney. But a fellas gotta dream, right?
From AJ Hummel
Posted November 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM
If 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.
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).
I would cast my vote for Universal… Toon Lagoon would be perfect and you could just retheme the water rides and then maybe add a stage show or dark ride in the theater. I just think LOTR lends itself to a more mature attraction that isn't usually Disney's strong suit.
the island of adventures because this dosnt sound disney style
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