Malaysian casino operator Genting’s resort unit is investing $300M in Fox‘s first-ever international theme park. Dubbed 20th Century Fox World, the park will include rides and attractions based on films including Ice Age, Rio, Alien Vs Predator, Planet Of The Apes and Night At The Museum. A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in the Southeast Asian country that boasts a number of theme parks, including a Legoland, but no studio-branded amusement destination. Click over for more details:
Universal Studios Hollywood is eyeing wealthier patrons’ pocketbooks as the summer swings into season. A new $299 per-person VIP ticketing option gets you into the park for a day with valet parking, continental breakfast, … Read More »
Comcast CFO Mike Angelakis says that The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter was so successful for Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure that it became “a reset mechanism” for the theme park. But he stopped short of confirming reports … Read More »
Disney has licensed exclusive global rights to the Avatar franchise from Fox and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment — and the director will help to develop the attractions, CEO Bob Iger says. The first will be at Animal Kingdom in Orlando. The goal, he says, is to enable visitors to “enter the Avatar universe and explore it first-hand.” Cameron adds that “to bring that to life at Animal Kingdom is fantastic because it’s so thematically aligned. … We want to do things that maybe they haven’t even thought of.” Tom Staggs, who runs Disney’s theme parks, says the company is “just beginning the development phase” for a complex that will begin construction in 2013 and include Avatar-themed shops and food destinations to “bring that world to life.” Although he wouldn’t say how much the company has budgeted, he compared the scope of the first project to the 12-acre Cars Land site at Disney California Adventure Park. Cameron is working on two Avatar sequels that he plans to release around Christmas 2014 and 2015. ”That seems to correspond well” with the park plans, he says — noting that the destination will include environmental features that don’t appear in the movie. Iger says the attraction will open after the movies, although “we’re in the ballpark.” Avatar will add jobs in the ”low single digit thousands,” Staggs says. Here’s the release:
BURBANK, Calif. — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks. Through an exclusive agreement announced today by Disney, Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox, Disney will partner with Cameron and producing partner Jon Landau to create themed lands that will give theme park guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of AVATAR first hand. Disney plans to build the first AVATAR themed land at Walt Disney World, within the Animal Kingdom park. With its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the AVATAR stories, which share the same philosophy. Construction is expected to begin by 2013.
The two Tokyo theme parks have been closed since last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami (they were used as shelters for park-goers stranded following the quake), and now the Burbank-based company is temporarily suspending operations in the city’s stores and administrative … Read More »
It’s a nice problem to have if you’re the Walt Disney Co — but not if you’re trying to visit the Anaheim theme parks. I’m told that both yesterday and today Disneyland began turning away would-be visitors within hours of opening and … Read More »
The Wall Street Journal reports that Reliance ADA Group is negotiating with Universal Studios to replicate its movie-themed amusement parks in India. The result would be a $1.5 billion new park that covers 400 acres –in either New Delhi or … Read More »
UPDATE: Luke Y Thompsonreports from Comic-Con 2010 today: Walt Disney Studios ended the TRON panel with a surprise: the logo of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride! The green drawing of a ghost was shown along with some of the spiel from the ride. The audience is asked who … Read More »
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its grand opening today after 5 years in the making. “I said right at the beginning, either we do it right or we don’t do it at all,” J.K. Rowling said in a statement. “The teams at Universal and … Read More »
I still say ugh to such crass commercialism. But the studio tells me that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration last night with help from … Read More »
The studio ignored London mayor Boris Johnson’s plea to site the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over here rather than Florida. Johnson has called for the public to write to Warner Bros, petitioning for a second theme park to … Read More »
(SEOUL January 19, 2010) A consortium of reputable South Korean conglomerates led by Lotte Group signed a Framework Agreement in Seoul today announcing the multi-billion dollar Universal Studios Korea Theme Park and Resort project at Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. Universal Studios Korea Resort (USKR) will include a state-of-the-art Universal Studios theme park, Universal CityWalk, a retail, dining and entertainment complex, a championship 18-hole golf course, themed hotels, a water park, premium retail outlet and hypermarket, as well as condos.
“Korea is a great business opportunity for Universal Parks & Resorts. We are excited to be working with an esteemed group of Korean corporations under the leadership of Lotte, and we are thankful for the strong support of the Korean government,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts.
In December 2009, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of South Korea announced the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Plan which confirmed various highway and railway extension plans were underway to provide the necessary transportation infrastructure for USKR.
“Universal Studios Korea shows our continuous commitment to growing our business in Asia,” said Williams.”
Highlights not before announced include:
New project business partner with extensive theme park experience
Construction and opening timetable schedules
Employment data and park site size
Approval of Korean Government Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Plan to build highway/transportation infrastructure to support the major theme park resort.
BREAKING NEWS! 4TH UPDATE: The Disney press release finally came in at 10:24 AM (see below). I first heard the rumor at 10:00 AM, and confirmed it minutes later. Wow, what a shocker from Walt Disney CEO Bob … Read More »
This is a huge concession by Steven Spielberg, who has had a longstanding 2% consulting deal with Universal theme parks dating back to January 20, 1987, and the days when Lew Wasserman/Sid Sheinberg controlled the studio. Nowadays, … Read More »