As a reminder, Challenge 5 is still going on and is due Saturday, August 22nd at midnight. Please do not forget to submit an entry in that challenge.
Before getting to this challenge, there is an announcement I must make. We have been very fortunate so far in this competition to have zero drops. Provided this streak continues (and I hope it does), we will have an excess of competitors. Only three are permitted to enter the final challenge, so this challenge will be a double elimination round. The lowest performing competitor in this challenge will be eliminated, and the competitor with the lowest cumulative score following this challenge will also be eliminated. If you want to make it to that final round, now is the time to pull out all the stops and earn your spot.
Challenge 6: What’s After Harry Potter?
When it was built, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter took the theme park world by storm. For the first time, a fully immersive themed land had been created based on a hugely popular media franchise, and the attendance and revenue increases indicate this is what the modern theme park visitor wants. However, with the end of the series the returns from additional investment into the franchise have been diminishing, so Universal is looking for the next property to turn into an immersive land. Universal has approached you to turn one of their franchises into the next immersive land. They have requested that you adhere to the following guidelines:
-The land may be designed for any Universal park currently in operation.
-The land should be based off of a property Universal owns or currently has theme park rights to.
-If you choose a property already represented as a single attraction at the chosen park/resort, you must build your land around that attraction and incorporate it into the new land. You may not use a property that already has multiple attractions at your selected park/resort.
-Your land should contain 4-5 attractions (including the pre-existing attraction, if applicable), 1-2 dining locations, and 1-2 shopping locations.
-At least one of your attractions should be some type of dark ride and at least one of your attractions should be some type of thrill ride. These two elements may be incorporated into the same attraction.
-You must include two new E-ticket level attractions, either rides or shows. If your land has a pre-existing attraction, that does not count as one of your new E-tickets.
-At least two of your attractions must be accessible to visitors of all ages (aka no minimum height requirement if accompanied).
-Your dining location(s) should be counter service restaurants, but they must be themed to fit in your land.
For this challenge, your proposal should be 7-10 pages (not including pictures) and should include the following:
-The name, theme, and location of your land
-An overview of your land, including the layout
-A list of all the attractions, dining locations, and shopping locations in your land
-A full description of the two new E-ticket attractions (2-3 pages each...similar to past proposals, though a little less detail is acceptable)
-A brief description of the other required elements of your land (1-2 paragraphs each)
-A description of any special elements in your land that help to improve the visitor experience
-Anything else you feel will benefit your proposal
-Current properties are likely to produce better results than older properties, even if the property is well known. However, you may choose any property in the Universal library.
-Cloning major attractions from other Universal parks is not recommended. However, cloning a smaller ride (such as a spinner) is perfectly fine.
-Examples of E-tickets at Universal parks include Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts/Forbidden Journey, Hogwarts Express, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Revenge of the Mummy, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, The Simpsons Ride, and Transformers: The Ride 3D. Examples of attractions that would not be E-tickets include Doctor Doom's Fearfall, Dragon Challenge, Fear Factor Live, Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, Poseidon's Fury, Shrek 4-D, and Terminator 2: 3-D. If in doubt, feel free to ask the judges.
All proposals must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, August 29th.
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