I may got a lot criticism for saying this or some of you may agree with me, but I never saw Kongfrontation as a major attraction, nor do is see Skull Island being one either. It just doesn’t do it for me and I think it doesn’t do it for many others as well. Sure, maybe it could be interesting to see and checkout, but not a big ticket seller it doesn’t make me want to come back again and again twice a year or something. We all love the idea of The Lord of the Rings coming to Islands of Adventure, but we all know that is just a pipe dream. Because Tolkien family will never give their rights up even if the offered them loads of cash. Let’s just all be honest here... that is what the movies and the theme parks have been all about these days. Don’t get me wrong the BIG attractions that bring a lot of people in I have nothing against that there is nothing wrong with trying to make money and trying to run a successful franchise. But, it does become a problem at least for me when making money is all it becomes about.
I have always considered myself to be and old soul because I may be younger than some of our writers, but I like to put myself in the category with people like Robert Niles and Tim Hillman. In the sense that I’m sure we miss the old creativity when it wasn’t just about making money; when it was about doing something new and creative and rather unique. When it was about bringing the magic into the park and bringing that into the eyes of children when it was about bringing the joy into family’s hearts. Even wondering whether we’ll ever see a time like that again seems like a fantasy but we can always hope. The only thing I worry for is it seems like Disney World is starting to take a page out of Universals book, and are losing their touch.
I am still a pretty new member to the Theme Park Insider but I have loved writing and hearing your thoughts. It is always a pleasure, and I have enjoyed conversations and comments from Robert Niles, Tim Hillman and Oscar Marquez just to name a few.
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