Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Universal' started by Disneyhead, Dec 16, 2017.
New thread to discuss rumors of Hello Kitty expansion at UOR.
@SeventyOne beat you too it.
That, however..raises some thoughts.
If that is what replaces Simpsons, then in a way; that gives Universal a large market to a different crowd than what comes to the parks, young girls. And it's an already existing market in Orlando, with it being tested already in USF at it's own store, AND what is coming to Hollywood in the Animation Studio Store.
It may be a nice balance, and with that coupled with Nintendo, it may give a large portion of the park some levity for families of all-kinds.
@SeventyOne knows things.
It also ties in some other news that came out over the weekend. Universal signed a deal with Chinese company Ali Baba and part of the goal of the deal is to increase travel packages from China to the US parks. No better way to do that than using Hello Kitty which is popular in the Middle Kingdom.
Then that would also make me think that Beijing is going to get Hello Kitty on a larger scale.
I am interested, if Hello Kitty/Sanrio is replacing Springfield in Orlando, that could create a balance between both Nintendo marketing while to families, it's main audience will be to boys/men. Adding Hello Kitty/Sanrio could do the same, but on the opposite spectrum.
Not to say both can't have crossover, but it would be interesting regardless.
I think they will also increase Daniel's (Hello Kitty's male counterpart), KeroKeroKeroppi, Bad Batz Maru, and Tuxedosam's presence in any Hello Kitty land/area to mitigate that just for girl perception that comes with Hello Kitty.
All I want to know is, does Duff's become a Sushi/Sake bar?
More likely a bento cafe that serves sushi, Kimbap, and other stuff.
If The Simpsons Ride is leaving I'm thinking they keep FFB and that area but then demo the ride and make a Kitty area too.
To also say something, could it be more as a result of Universal wanting to take action to get as much in the parks out by WDW's 50th to compete?
It would make sense, and especially since D23, we have gotten a lot of rumors and a lot of things occuring all at once in reaction to that showcase.
My only issue with Kitty replacing Simpsons is it would make more sense to put this in park 3.
Hello Kitty in a theme park with the Eye of Sauron... would be something.
Knowing the odds, @scott_walker will have a Photoshop edit of one of Hello Kitty's eyes instead of the Eye of Sauron, looking down to Mordor.
I think everyone's getting way too ahead of themselves here. If Disney buying Marvel didn't spell the end for Marvel Superhero Island, Disney buying Fox certainly won't be the end of Simpsons.
To put this forth, @SeventyOne was actually the first to bring this up, before the rumor of Disney buying Fox really picked up speed.
I believe the current Simpson's contract goes until 2027.
UC will change their minds 11 times before anything happens.
But yes, HK has been mentioned as a replacement.
I can't see that happening until near the end of the Simpson's contract. They just make too much money on Springfield food, bev and merch to make a move at this time.
I think it’s just a black dot, it could be done with Paint.
My last photoshop effort was removed also so I reckon I’m possibly walking a tight line.
They also have the great PR from it. Any time I see a photo on Facebook or Instagram from Universal and it’s not Potter, it’s a giant Simpsons donut or a beer next to Barney in Moe’s.
This kind of came out of nowhere, so I'm assuming it was getting discussed in another thread that I missed. Could somebody please bring me up to speed?
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