TOC2 – Final – The Softball
There have been rumors about Disney World Orlando’s fifth park, Universal Orlando’s third and fourth park. At the very least we know the Universal designers are sitting in their underground bunker furiously figuring out what they are going to do with the huge plot of land they bought, and if it is not a couple of theme parks, we would be very surprised. But Disney and Universal aren’t the only ones who could use more firepower in their Florida lineup. SeaWorld is in desperate need of something to get their attendance going in the right way, so why not another park? For that matter, the world will always be in need of more Legoland. Or maybe you would like to try something new and give a BBC or Paramount Park a try?
So, there you have it. Six options. For all the marbles.
It wouldn’t be fair if there were no rules, so here is the fine print:
1. Your park will be located in the land already purchased or somewhat near their existing park in Florida. The net new parks would need to find somewhere in or near Orlando to call home.
2. You may not use any IP that is currently in use at any other park in the USA.
Example: Frozen and Marvel’s Avengers & Xmen are out
3. But…you may use franchises, even if the characters appear elsewhere, in order to be a part of the franchise…assuming that the franchise is not in use
Example: Princesses as a franchise could show up in your park even if one of the involved Princesses was already the subject of a ride elsewhere.
4. Keep in mind the reality of the situation
Example: Disney will never allow Universal to build any further Marvel rides, nor will Universal allow Disney in Florida to build any rides using the previously licensed characters. But there is some wiggle room in there as long as you don’t use the word “Marvel”.
5. If a park has old IP no longer in use, feel free to reuse it, but in a new and different way (as long as it doesn’t violate any of these other rules).
6. If there are good rumors that a particular park owns the theme park rights to a particular IP, feel free to use it…ask the judges if you have questions on this one.
Example: Universal now owns park rights to Nintendo, Dreamworks, Middle Earth, Fantastic Beasts, etc.
7. Legoland is allowed to break all of the IP rules.
Example: Lego Star Wars is allowed at Legoland…just don’t get anywhere close to a similarity to the rides that already exist. The rule of thumb is that if it was ever made into a Lego set, Lego movie, or Lego videogame, you can use it…within reason…no Lego Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. Keep in mind who the audience is for a Legoland park.
8. SeaWorld is allowed to license any IP that they want that has never been used by anyone else and is not owned by Universal/NBC or Disney/ABC, but keep in mind that you cannot build Islands of Adventure and call it SeaWorld’s Islands of Adventure. It will still at heart need to be a SeaWorld style park. Although we will allow it to be a companion park like Disneyland and DisneySea.
9. A BBC Park can only use IP in the BBC catalog.
10. A Paramount Park can only use IP in the Paramount/CBS catalog that has never been used in a theme park. You may also use anything that is slated to be in the rumored Paramount Park in the UK, but you must use your own designs. And Dreamworks has been sold to Universal, so you are not allowed to use any of those properties.
You will need to provide full descriptions of all of your lands, rides, restaurants, shows, parades, shops, and anything else you choose to include in your park. Your park will need to be at least a full day park, so don’t go pulling a California Adventure on us…Phase 4 & 5 are now officially getting built in Phase 1. You might actually want to go with the idea that you are building a day-and-a-half park just to be on the safe side.
15% of your score will be the difficulty factor. Consider this an incentive to not take the cheeseball options both in your overall selection and inside of your park.Tweet
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