And this will get the green light before opening weekend? The power of that teaser. It's honestly had the whole audience in stitches both times I saw it play (in front of Minions and in front of Peanuts).
It comes out nearly a whole month after Dory. It'll be fine. Animation in the summer nearly always does well. I'll be amazed if this does less than 500 million worldwide, which is what the Cars movies did, and they got a whole land and possibly the most expensive ride of all time.
And in the likely situation the movie is a hit, then Universal gets to put billboards all over Florida telling kids that they already have an awesome ride based on the funny Pets movie that they keep watching on DVD while their parents vaguely recall seeing that 3D James Cameron film that was a hot thing for a few months before they got married and settled down.
MM should have never gone in the studios to begin with, but that is room for another thread. I agree with your post overall.A trackless, family dark ride full of AAs coming to Universal in 2017? Count me in.
Taking up the Toon Lagoon plot, though? I'm glad they're finally putting that theater out of its misery, but I don't really see how this IP fits in IoA, unless they go all-out and create an Illumination Land to replace Toon Lagoon... which would actually be a great move if they did. Maybe this could transition into a DM area with a relocated Minion Mayhem (in all honestly... would it be THAT hard?) with two theaters and the Hollywood-facade, Super Silly Fun land play area, a small-scale dark ride based off the Minion movie, and an elaborate SLoP dark ride. BOOM. "Illumination Island". Perfect family area.
:agree:One thing I'm not a fan of is that US and IOA seem to be blending together too much, almost losing their own identity. We're getting a fantasy world complete with a castle... in Universal Studios. And a family dark ride based off one of Universal's own animated IPs taking place in modern day New York... in Islands of Adventure. Does that seem a bit weird to anyone else?