We just wrote about how James Cameron and his team at Lightstorm Entertainment are hard at work creating an Avatar Land to open at Disney World in 2017, but now another large scale film franchise is rumored to be heading to Orlando as well. WDW News Today (via TheOneRing) says there are plans to bring a theme park based on The Lord of the Rings to Disney World, and it could open as soon as 2018.
Depending on whether or not this actually happens (as of now, this should still be qualified as a rumor, albeit a fun one to think about) Disney World could become a much cheaper option for LOTR fans to visit recreations of their favorite films than traveling all the way to New Zealand. (Though they did just open a pretty kick-ass Hobbit pub there.)
The rumors indicate that Disney would put this new addition next to a planned Star Wars park that’s also been discussed in hushed tones over the past few months. That one would go in the Hollywood Studios area of Walt Disney World (formerly MGM Studios), and this Lord of the Rings land would also be a part of that park’s expansion.
The brass at Disney and Warner Bros. are apparently having discussions about the details, and it certainly makes sense for the Mouse House to want to expand with one of the most popular film properties in the world, considering how Universal is tearing it up across town with their Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which they’re also planning on bringing to the West Coast soon). Again, no contracts have been signed at this point, but that’s not going to stop us from spending the rest of the day thinking about the amazing Lord of the Rings and Hobbit-related attractions Disney’s Imagineers could cook up. Any suggestions for rides? Leave ’em in the comments below.
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