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(WDW News Today)   Disney rumored to bring Lord of the Rings to its theme parks. Because nothing suggests the hellfires of Mordor better than a long Orlando line in the summer time   (wdwnt.com) divider line 48
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2013-10-13 08:57:58 AM
Don't they have Star Wars stuff to do before they engage in Lord of the Rings bullshiat?
 
2013-10-13 09:01:14 AM
That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.
 
2013-10-13 09:12:37 AM

Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.


Who the fark even remembers Avatar? It's the highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) and I don't know anyone who remembers anything about it, except for the poorly rendered blue people.
 
2013-10-13 09:28:13 AM

Mugato: Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.

Who the fark even remembers Avatar? It's the highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) and I don't know anyone who remembers anything about it, except for the poorly rendered blue people.


I remember the mechas and the big red pterodactyl thing.
 
2013-10-13 10:53:22 AM

Mugato: Don't they have Star Wars stuff to do before they engage in Lord of the Rings bullshiat?


Yes, but they don't want universal to get the rights to it.  Look what they did with Harry Potter.
 
2013-10-13 11:24:25 AM

Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.


Because they're whores, and people keep paying them quite well to be just that?
 
2013-10-13 11:32:32 AM
Meanwhile, Universal still has its Marvel rides.
 
2013-10-13 12:04:17 PM
This brings to mind Randell's LOTR's rant in Clerks 2.

/still walking.
 
2013-10-13 12:05:23 PM

Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.


Apparently, James Cameron is pushing hard to try and turn Avatar into a full-blown franchise - there are more sequels coming, the theme park section, and who knows what else.  I don't really see it working, but who knows?

Confabulat: Meanwhile, Universal still has its Marvel rides.


Disney can't do much about that.  Apparently, Marvel's deal with Universal Studios never had a defined end date.  Disney can use Marvel's characters in their other theme parks, but not the one in Florida.  Unless Disney decides to pay Universal a giant pile of money or Universal finds something to replace the Marvel section of the park with, that probably won't change anytime soon.
 
2013-10-13 12:09:17 PM

IMDWalrus: or Universal finds something to replace the Marvel section of the park with, that probably won't change anytime soon.


With that setup, why would they? Disney is spending so much damn money advertising for their attractions.
 
2013-10-13 12:10:00 PM

Mugato: Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.

Who the fark even remembers Avatar? It's the highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) and I don't know anyone who remembers anything about it, except for the poorly rendered blue people.


I remember the natives mind raping and enslaving the local animals.
 
2013-10-13 12:13:14 PM

ShawnDoc: Mugato: Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.

Who the fark even remembers Avatar? It's the highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) and I don't know anyone who remembers anything about it, except for the poorly rendered blue people.

I remember the natives mind raping and enslaving the local animals.


And then having sex using the same USB brain-tail.  Dude, do you know where that's been?
 
2013-10-13 12:14:35 PM
One does not simply walk onto It's a Small World
 
2013-10-13 12:32:44 PM

labman: Mugato: Don't they have Star Wars stuff to do before they engage in Lord of the Rings bullshiat?

Yes, but they don't want universal to get the rights to it.  Look what they did with Harry Potter.


I'd prefer Universal got hold of it. They won't sanitize it like Disney will, or hold disco dance-offs with the Fellowship during special Ring Fling Weekends. Tolkien's vision requires a much darker tone than the Mouse House is likely to embrace.

As for Avatar, there's nothing about it worth enshrining in a theme park. It completely failed to build a compelling world, feeling more like a thrown together collection of Sonic the Hedgehog levels. If Disney wants to make a land based on videogame imagery, I'd rather see them do Super Mario or Legend of Zelda. It'd be a far smarter move, really, because both of those properties are far more original and timeless, and more importantly for Disney, they offer endless merchandising possibilities. IIRC, most of the small handful of Avatar tie-in crap landed on the markdown shelves pretty damn quick.
 
2013-10-13 12:47:45 PM

labman: Mugato: Don't they have Star Wars stuff to do before they engage in Lord of the Rings bullshiat?

Yes, but they don't want universal to get the rights to it.  Look what they did with Harry Potter.


I liked Harry-land, and I expected to hate it. Nephews wanted to go, and we had a great time.
 
2013-10-13 12:53:05 PM
This, I can go for. Avatar-land at Animal Kingdom, no.
 
2013-10-13 12:55:47 PM

Mugato: Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.

Who the fark even remembers Avatar? It's the highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) and I don't know anyone who remembers anything about it, except for the poorly rendered blue people.


The story was pretty unoriginal, but the visuals were great. It was basically a live-action Roger Dean painting with Wayne Barlowe creature designs. For an immersive land at Disney, I could go for it, since the plot doesn't matter for that experience.
 
2013-10-13 01:34:35 PM

Mugato: Who the fark even remembers Avatar?


Who the fark even remembers Song of the South?
 
2013-10-13 01:34:52 PM
So what you're saying is that the Orlando Bloom is off the Rose.
 
2013-10-13 01:54:34 PM
At first I read the headline to read "Lord of the Flies."  I think Disney needs a LOTF park.  I would pay to go to that one.
 
2013-10-13 02:24:55 PM
Does Disney have the legal rights to LOTR?

/please say no
 
2013-10-13 02:25:48 PM
I hope they have live dwarf tossing.
 
2013-10-13 02:30:48 PM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Does Disney have the legal rights to LOTR?

/please say no


The article says they are trying to license them from Warner Bros., who don't have any theme parks as competition to worry about. So they'd get a chunk of cash and free advertising for their movies. Win/win.
 
2013-10-13 02:37:21 PM

Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.


I feel the same way, but I felt the same way about Cars Land at California Adventure and that area was amazing.

Now, if Disney wants to make a fifth gate in Orlando with LOTR, Star Wars, and (insert third great IP here), they'd be back in the empire business.
 
2013-10-13 02:40:54 PM

farkeruk: One does not simply walk onto It's a Small World


One does not simply FASTPASS into Mordor.
 
2013-10-13 02:44:07 PM
Just throw a couple of Hobbits into the Malestrom ride at Epcot, and voila!
 
2013-10-13 02:58:57 PM
Mad_Radhu: The story was pretty unoriginal, but the visuals were great. It was basically a live-action Roger Dean painting with Wayne Barlowe creature designs.

Hey, don't go insulting Barlowe by comparing his work to this dreck. The Avatar creatures were jarringly lazy. Aside from the Na'vi, which must have been transplanted from an entirely different ecosystem, all the critters in Avatarland seemed to follow a really basic formula: Pick a random land animal, make it longer and thinner, and slap a sea creature's head on it. And if it has two or more of any prominent feature, add two more, so two eyes or wings become four, four legs become six, and so on. Now presto, you've got an "alien" creature that looks less believable or inspired than the goofy beasties from the coliseum fight in Attack of the Clones.
 
2013-10-13 03:42:53 PM

EdgeRunner: Mad_Radhu: The story was pretty unoriginal, but the visuals were great. It was basically a live-action Roger Dean painting with Wayne Barlowe creature designs.

Hey, don't go insulting Barlowe by comparing his work to this dreck. The Avatar creatures were jarringly lazy. Aside from the Na'vi, which must have been transplanted from an entirely different ecosystem, all the critters in Avatarland seemed to follow a really basic formula: Pick a random land animal, make it longer and thinner, and slap a sea creature's head on it. And if it has two or more of any prominent feature, add two more, so two eyes or wings become four, four legs become six, and so on. Now presto, you've got an "alien" creature that looks less believable or inspired than the goofy beasties from the coliseum fight in Attack of the Clones.


You do realize that the Avatar creature designs WERE his work, right?
 
2013-10-13 04:07:56 PM

Slow To Return: Mugato: Who the fark even remembers Avatar?

Who the fark even remembers Song of the South?



I do.  I also made DVD copies of it made from VHS tapes purchased outside of the US where people didn't get all PC about it.
 
2013-10-13 04:27:26 PM

Mad_Radhu: EdgeRunner: Mad_Radhu: The story was pretty unoriginal, but the visuals were great. It was basically a live-action Roger Dean painting with Wayne Barlowe creature designs.

Hey, don't go insulting Barlowe by comparing his work to this dreck. The Avatar creatures were jarringly lazy. Aside from the Na'vi, which must have been transplanted from an entirely different ecosystem, all the critters in Avatarland seemed to follow a really basic formula: Pick a random land animal, make it longer and thinner, and slap a sea creature's head on it. And if it has two or more of any prominent feature, add two more, so two eyes or wings become four, four legs become six, and so on. Now presto, you've got an "alien" creature that looks less believable or inspired than the goofy beasties from the coliseum fight in Attack of the Clones.

You do realize that the Avatar creature designs WERE his work, right?


Tee-hee!
 
2013-10-13 04:28:01 PM
BTW, the first installment of the Hobbit was on HBO last night.  I got through about 45 minutes before I ejected.  What a piece of boring crap.  All those songs?  The ones I skipped right over when I read the book 30 years ago?  Oh, yeah, let's sing the hell out of those babies, the audience will love it. They took probably the most influential book I read as an adolescent and made it into a sh*tfest.  That's like f*cking up a pizza. How do you f*ck that up? Peter Jackson and the writers can suck my ass.

/end rant
 
2013-10-13 04:53:47 PM

69gnarkill69: BTW, the first installment of the Hobbit was on HBO last night.  I got through about 45 minutes before I ejected.  What a piece of boring crap.  All those songs?  The ones I skipped right over when I read the book 30 years ago?  Oh, yeah, let's sing the hell out of those babies, the audience will love it. They took probably the most influential book I read as an adolescent and made it into a sh*tfest.  That's like f*cking up a pizza. How do you f*ck that up? Peter Jackson and the writers can suck my ass.

/end rant


You skipped over parts of the most influential book you read as an adolescent?
 
2013-10-13 04:59:26 PM

Mad_Radhu: You do realize that the Avatar creature designs WERE his work, right?


D'oh! I didn't know that, actually. Avatar was so underwhelming, I never bothered finding out who the visual designers were. That's... really disappointing to hear. I figured Cameron just hired some random hack and insisted his Titanic-fueled love for all things underwater had to be represented in all the critters.

/next I suppose you'll tell me that terrible fanfic-turned-movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull was actually made by the original writing and directing team.
 
2013-10-13 05:38:06 PM

chewielouie: 69gnarkill69: BTW, the first installment of the Hobbit was on HBO last night.  I got through about 45 minutes before I ejected.  What a piece of boring crap.  All those songs?  The ones I skipped right over when I read the book 30 years ago?  Oh, yeah, let's sing the hell out of those babies, the audience will love it. They took probably the most influential book I read as an adolescent and made it into a sh*tfest.  That's like f*cking up a pizza. How do you f*ck that up? Peter Jackson and the writers can suck my ass.

/end rant

You skipped over parts of the most influential book you read as an adolescent?


If it was a song or poem, pretty much.  I was 14, I wanted adventure.
 
2013-10-13 05:53:09 PM
I won't be pissed at the fact they are whoring out Lord of the Rings for theme park rides under one condition- they allow me to smoke my pipe in the inevitable recreation of the Green Dragon.

/they won't
 
2013-10-13 05:53:14 PM
The money gouging rat has gotten all the cash it's going to get from me. I don't care if they give out free weed and beer at the gate, I'm not going there again.

That place is evil and is ran by evil, greedy people.
 
2013-10-13 06:13:16 PM

EdgeRunner: Mad_Radhu: You do realize that the Avatar creature designs WERE his work, right?

D'oh! I didn't know that, actually. Avatar was so underwhelming, I never bothered finding out who the visual designers were. That's... really disappointing to hear. I figured Cameron just hired some random hack and insisted his Titanic-fueled love for all things underwater had to be represented in all the critters.

/next I suppose you'll tell me that terrible fanfic-turned-movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull was actually made by the original writing and directing team.


Yeah, don't go looking at the production credits for Pacific Rim, while you're at it.
 
2013-10-13 06:22:42 PM

ShawnDoc: Mugato: Nabb1: That would thrill my son to no end. I still can't figure out why they are giving space in the Animal Kingdom to the steaming pile of celluloid feces that was AVATAR.

Who the fark even remembers Avatar? It's the highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) and I don't know anyone who remembers anything about it, except for the poorly rendered blue people.

I remember the natives mind raping and enslaving the local animals.


What I would do if I were Cameron is to throw in a twist in the second movie, where the protagonist explores Pandora more, and discovers and ancient ruin that reveals the Na'vi are not native to Pandora, but rather they settled the moon millennia ago, and modified the native organisms to be compatible with their biotech. This not only explains the convenient mind interfaces, but also why the Na'vi have four limbs and all other animal life on Pandora are hexapods with two sets of eyes. Have the interstellar Na'vi return to see what has happened to their colony right as the Company sends mercenary reinforcements, and you've got an interesting story to tell for three more movies.
 
2013-10-13 06:33:04 PM

labman: Mugato: Don't they have Star Wars stuff to do before they engage in Lord of the Rings bullshiat?

Yes, but they don't want universal to get the rights to it.  Look what they did with Harry Potter.


Actually the Harry Potter land is pretty awesome and this is from someone who isn't really a fan. The school or castle or whatever looks great and the ride is cool as hell, even though I had no real idea WTF was going on. The only mistake they made was making it too small. They actually had to close it off a few times because there were too many people. But they're expanding it, with a train that goes to another land in the other park.

/those wands are totally gay compared to lightsabers though
 
2013-10-13 07:08:34 PM

Mad_Radhu: EdgeRunner: Mad_Radhu: You do realize that the Avatar creature designs WERE his work, right?

D'oh! I didn't know that, actually. Avatar was so underwhelming, I never bothered finding out who the visual designers were. That's... really disappointing to hear. I figured Cameron just hired some random hack and insisted his Titanic-fueled love for all things underwater had to be represented in all the critters.

/next I suppose you'll tell me that terrible fanfic-turned-movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull was actually made by the original writing and directing team.

Yeah, don't go looking at the production credits for Pacific Rim, while you're at it.


Hey, there's no shame in the look of PR. I'm counting that as Barlowe's redemption film.
 
2013-10-13 07:09:37 PM

Mugato: Actually the Harry Potter land is pretty awesome and this is from someone who isn't really a fan.


I agree.  It is awesome and Disney is scared universal would pull it off again with the Lord of the Rings.

I have season passes to Universal and Disney and busch gardens and I'm really looking forward to the new harry potter stuff.  I haven't been to florida since June so and I'm hoping to get back to halloween horror nights and see what progress they've made on the new stuff.

/loved Transformers, but I always loved the spider man ride, so it's very similar.
 
2013-10-13 07:36:07 PM

labman: I have season passes to Universal and Disney and busch gardens and I'm really looking forward to the new harry potter stuff.  I haven't been to florida since June so and I'm hoping to get back to halloween horror nights and see what progress they've made on the new stuff.


Same here. I spend half my time in Tampa and half in LA. I'm definitely making it to Halloween Horror Night though. It's gotten even more awesome since they expanded it to Islands of Adventure.
 
2013-10-13 07:51:16 PM

Mugato: Same here. I spend half my time in Tampa and half in LA. I'm definitely making it to Halloween Horror Night though. It's gotten even more awesome since they expanded it to Islands of Adventure.


It's just in the Studios again.  They haven't done it in both parks since the grand experiment back in 2004.  It was great in both parks, but LORD was that a lot of walking (and just like that, I loop the conversation back to Lord of the Rings).

I've heard that it's quite good this year, though, so don't let this negatively influence you.
 
2013-10-13 07:56:04 PM

Mulchpuppy: I've heard that it's quite good this year, though, so don't let this negatively influence you.


I'm a little worried about the street encounters all being zombies. I enjoyed the vampires and such last year.  I did notice that all the pretty scareactors had really low cut tops that emphasized cleavage.  I'm sure that was a total coincidence, though.

They did an awesome job with the haunted houses last year, so i'm looking forward to them this year.
 
2013-10-13 10:41:38 PM
Did it.
 
2013-10-13 11:37:44 PM
Disney sucks. I hope to whatever deity or abstract concept is willing to listen that this fails.
 
2013-10-14 09:20:14 AM

Mugato: . I spend half my time in Tampa and half in LA.


You sound like a stripper
 
2013-10-14 11:26:35 AM

GRCooper: Mugato: . I spend half my time in Tampa and half in LA.

You sound like a stripper


I'm way too scrawny to be a stripper. I've dated some strippers. Not something I'd recommend.
 
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