We have covered many new theme park concepts here at Theme Park University over the years. While we are just as excited as anyone else about shiny new attractions, we also look at these new concepts with a critical eye. Let’s take for example a new Lionsgate-branded park opening in South Korea. Now there are many film studios that have dozens of films that lend them to exciting and family-friendly attractions: Disney, Universal and Warner Brothers to name a few.
However, this particular piece of concept artwork for a Lionsgate Theme Park in South Korea makes me scratch my head a little. Lionsgate Movie World will supposedly feature seven different themed zones. Now hold onto your hats, because the first three zones have already been announced. They revolve around hit franchises like “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” and “Now You See Me.”
As much as I’d personally love to see an entire theme park land centered around magic and illusions, I am not naive enough to think Lionsgate Movie World will ever see the light of day. These are movie franchises that are no longer in the public limelight, plus all of them skew to an older audience. At the end of the day, it’s going to be hard to sell tickets to a theme park that doesn’t at least include children in some of its offerings.
This is not to say that a movie franchise has to be successful or even relevant to be a hit theme park attraction. Take Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom or Waterworld at Universal Studios as two prime examples. We will definitely be keeping tabs on this park as it develops, but something tells me it may never see the light of day. Your thoughts?
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