The Beatles at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando: An idea for bringing the Beatles magic to USF

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted October 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM
Was listening to the Beatles this morning. The weather has turned suddenly fall-gorgeous after months of brutal heat. Peace, love, and smiles are in the air. Got me thinking about a Beatles ride at Universal Studios as a replacement for Twister. Sounds crazy at first, but the Beatles have three movies in their history...thinly-plotted perhaps, but movies nonetheless. I can see a ride themed around the multi-faceted history of the Beatles working in New York...the true site of their global explosion upon the world and Lennon's home till his death. It would fit right in with the music-themeing of Rip Ride Rockit that passes through the building facade. From their Cavern days to Ed Sullivan to Sgt. Pepper and Yellow Submarine, you'd have plenty of visual dynamics to play with. A dark ride with a plot involving you and the Beatles trying to save the world from the schemes of the Blue Meanies from the Yellow Submarine movie for example. Plus a live Beatles tribute band, like the one that played at Epcot for years, could entertain crowds at the "library" steps. Your thoughts?

From Andy Milito
Posted October 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM
Interesting. What about a "Yellow Submarine" submarine ride like at EPCOT? Ha ha ha.

From James Rao
Posted October 2, 2011 at 6:57 PM
Resurrect the old Hard Rock Park.... and the Beatles would fit in perfectly!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 3, 2011 at 3:51 AM
Sadly, although there was an British Area at HRP, the Beatles didn't have much of a presence there. All I remember was a Magical Mystery Tour Bus parked near the awesome Nights In White Satin dark ride. Maybe they couldn't get licensing/rights to more Beatles stuff?

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted October 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM
@Andy Haha...not a bad idea. ;) I know it seems an odd fit...and it probably is...but I figure the Beatles fanbase is still huge, so from a draw standpoint, depending on how well it's executed and well advertised, it could be very successful.

From Rob P
Posted October 6, 2011 at 3:50 AM
Very interesting concept. A little outside the box in my view but still a possibility.
Yellow Submarines ?
Caverns ?
Skiing down mountains coaster chasing the ruby ring ?
The terrace of houses with all 4 doors entering 1 amazing room ?
Magical Mystery Tours ?

seemingly endless possibilities with one potential snag...........Paul McCartney's bank manager.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM
@ Rob, Now you're talking! :)

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