Universal To Open Lord Of The Rings Theme Park

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Universal Orlando is set to unveil some super big plans – including a Lord Of The Rings theme park.

According to reports, Universal are set to open a fourth park – sparking rumours of a Harry Potter Ministry of Magic park, a Nintendo World, a Jurassic World and a Lord of the Rings park.

The suggestions have been posted on the blog Disney and More, a site which has published theme park scoops in the past.

The blog reports the ‘new Florida park’ has a codename – Project 314 – and says it could be finished as soon as 2023 or 2024.

If this fourth park does happen, it will join Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay, along with their many hotels and restaurants.

Disney and More reports Project 314 could become Super Nintendo World, themed around Mario, Zelda, and other members of the video game family.

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The blog also suggests Lord of the Rings has been a ‘frequent almost-player’ at both Disney and Universal, and said Lord of the Rings was rumored as a possible expansion for Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park a few years ago.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, has been a huge success. Because of this, the blog says it would surely make sense to create a new park – Ministry of Magic.

Disney and More also mentions there is an indoor roller coaster replacing the Duelling Dragons/Dragon Challenge rollercoaster at Islands of Adventure – so it makes sense.

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The blog says although Jurassic Park already exists at Islands of Adventure, Project 314 could be home to a Jurassic World.

Over at Disney World, they’re on the verge of launching Toy Story Land.

The toy-filled attraction, which is based on the hugely popular animated movies, is set to launch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30.

In the attraction, guests will be placed into the incredible world of Toy Story and made to feel like they’ve shrunk to the size of Andy’s favourite toys in his back garden.

If you get chance to go, you’ll be able to see oversized versions of the gang, including Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Mr Potato Head.

Toy Story Land is also expected to include the Slinky Dog Dash as well as the Alien Swirling Saucers – let’s just hope you don’t get picked out by The Claw!

On the Slinky Dog Dash, guests will be sat on the Slinky train on a coaster which was designed by Andy himself from his very own play kit.

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The Alien Swirling Saucers have come straight from Pizza Planet and were also assembled by Andy after he won the set at the pizza joint.

Disney write:

Imagine your family and friends shrinking down to the size of a toy alongside Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of your Toy Story pals—all in the so-much-larger-than-life setting of Andy’s backyard.

It’s gonna to be the rootin’-est, tootin’-est time ever, one you’re invited to discover this summer in Toy Story Land, a brand-new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

This is your chance to be surrounded by giant building blocks and board games that Andy’s rigged up into a playground straight out of his vivid imagination—where kids and grown-ups alike can play with new attractions, fan-favorite experiences and other Toy Story adventures.

I don’t know about you, but this sounds epic!

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