All this talk about Marvel, Disney, and Marvel Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure has got me thinking about theme parks. You see, Marvel Island may remain renovation-free, but that doesn’t mean other islands at the park haven’t suffered a little bit of a loss of focus over the years. And it was pointed out to me that it’s uncertain whether a few rides based around Jurassic Park is relevant enough, or just plain enough, to carry a whole section of the park.
Now, part of the park – and part of the island with the least cohesive vision, in my opinion – will be redone for the new Harry Potter world. This pretty much ties up the fantasy market. But what if you could design a themed world for some other part of the park?
Coming up with a movie or series that has an immediately recognizable atmosphere, both interior and exterior, to support a whole section of a park (not just a ride) is harder than you might think! The best one I could think of was Lord of the Rings… but again, I feel it’s too similar in feel to Harry Potter.
What I think Universal could use is a cool, high-tech, sf-based world, with aliens and UFOs and who knows what else… but all I could come up with was The X-Files, which is not much more relevant and current than Jurassic Park.
And Universal isn’t the only park that could use some fresh blood; Disney could use something new that isn’t Stitch or Toy Story. Maybe Marvel could fill that gap – or maybe just a Disney property they haven’t considered.
So put on your thinking caps, as it were. If you could design a world for a theme park – either Disney or Universal – based on something relevant, iconic, and preferably different than the exisiting worlds, what would it be? How about individual rides?