The Future of KidZone

quinnmac000

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May 14, 2014
5,313
Seoul, Korea
Just make Kidzone an US edition of Universal Cool Japan. not necessarily anime but whatever the hot IPs are theme it to that and rotate throughout the year. (Spring: Kid IPs, Summer:Blockbusters/anime, Fall: use for HHN, winter: family/video games)
 
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fryoj

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May 19, 2013
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While I know the chances of there ever being a South Park land in Uni are almost zero, there are so many avenues for food, merch, and rides there. Between the main street in town, the City restaurants, Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls, Cartman's Chili, and who wouldn't want to ride the line ride? They could just print money with that place.


And get sued by all the offended people out there. lol
 

TheCodeMan95

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Jul 24, 2018
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While I know the chances of there ever being a South Park land in Uni are almost zero, there are so many avenues for food, merch, and rides there. Between the main street in town, the City restaurants, Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls, Cartman's Chili, and who wouldn't want to ride the line ride? They could just print money with that place.


And get sued by all the offended people out there. lol
Agreed. Chances are zero... but maaaaan they'd make a lot of money.
 

SpatulaShack

Member
Mar 16, 2010
534
New York, New York
I know we're all anxious for Kidzone to go the way of the dodo but I for one am just happy they didn't continue with the closure plans when it was clear construction on the replacement was no longer imminent . They could have easily pulled a Terminator (or worse a Sinbad) and quietly removed it from the maps with nothing but vague mentions of "exciting adventures to come." Part of the reason that probably didn't happen is relatively low cost to operate Kidzone which obviously was not the case with Terminator and Sinbad.

I still think Pokemon is the most likely candidate to come here (eventually) for a variety of reasons. I know the overarching themes and messages of the parks themselves have become increasingly blurred in recent years (at both Universal and Disney) but they still have general "identities" that Universal is interested in keeping and quite frankly a Pallet Town would work well next to Springfield. It sticks with the current theme of having cities and towns (both fictional and real) act as the core "lands" of the park. The fairly nondescript style of the architecture present in both the animated series and the games match USFs general aesthetic. And finally, the tone of the series and the (most-likely) tame ride experiences the land would contain ticks the boxes of having something for the entire family to enjoy in this space.

Zelda, with an architectural style that brings about a strong sense of adventure and mystery, is just too perfect of a match for Islands of Adventure to be used here. DreamWorks IP will have a new exclusive home at Fantastic Worlds and the inevitable closure of Shrek at USF will keep it that way which eliminates those properties as reasonable possibilities. Illumination, being Universal's original homegrown animation studio, will remain solely at USF. with Pets replacing Shrek (eventually) and perhaps a redesign of Production Central into Illumination Nation. I know some people have speculated Pets could go into KidZone but given the compact footprint of the ride going into USH's upper lot and Minion Mayhem sitting right across the street, it is so clearly a better candidate for Shrek's space.

TLDR: Pokemon replacing KidZone is still the best option available and was probably pushed to 2024 / 2025 to bring some attention to the main resort after Fantastic Worlds opens.
 

RFRees

Member
Dec 24, 2015
736
I know we're all anxious for Kidzone to go the way of the dodo but I for one am just happy they didn't continue with the closure plans when it was clear construction on the replacement was no longer imminent . They could have easily pulled a Terminator (or worse a Sinbad) and quietly removed it from the maps with nothing but vague mentions of "exciting adventures to come." Part of the reason that probably didn't happen is relatively low cost to operate Kidzone which obviously was not the case with Terminator and Sinbad.
At least a part of it as well is that Sinbad was terrible, and KidZone is at worst benign.
 

fryoj

Premium Member
May 19, 2013
2,727
I know we're all anxious for Kidzone to go the way of the dodo but I for one am just happy they didn't continue with the closure plans when it was clear construction on the replacement was no longer imminent . They could have easily pulled a Terminator (or worse a Sinbad) and quietly removed it from the maps with nothing but vague mentions of "exciting adventures to come." Part of the reason that probably didn't happen is relatively low cost to operate Kidzone which obviously was not the case with Terminator and Sinbad.

I still think Pokemon is the most likely candidate to come here (eventually) for a variety of reasons. I know the overarching themes and messages of the parks themselves have become increasingly blurred in recent years (at both Universal and Disney) but they still have general "identities" that Universal is interested in keeping and quite frankly a Pallet Town would work well next to Springfield. It sticks with the current theme of having cities and towns (both fictional and real) act as the core "lands" of the park. The fairly nondescript style of the architecture present in both the animated series and the games match USFs general aesthetic. And finally, the tone of the series and the (most-likely) tame ride experiences the land would contain ticks the boxes of having something for the entire family to enjoy in this space.

Zelda, with an architectural style that brings about a strong sense of adventure and mystery, is just too perfect of a match for Islands of Adventure to be used here. DreamWorks IP will have a new exclusive home at Fantastic Worlds and the inevitable closure of Shrek at USF will keep it that way which eliminates those properties as reasonable possibilities. Illumination, being Universal's original homegrown animation studio, will remain solely at USF. with Pets replacing Shrek (eventually) and perhaps a redesign of Production Central into Illumination Nation. I know some people have speculated Pets could go into KidZone but given the compact footprint of the ride going into USH's upper lot and Minion Mayhem sitting right across the street, it is so clearly a better candidate for Shrek's space.

TLDR: Pokemon replacing KidZone is still the best option available and was probably pushed to 2024 / 2025 to bring some attention to the main resort after Fantastic Worlds opens.
I think the Fox sale to Disney probably affects their long term plans. Knowing they are likely to lose the Simpsons in the next decade would suggest everything between London and Hollywood is open for discussion on removal. MIB will be almost 30 by the time the Simsons contract expires, so it has to be on the table for a removal as well. Not that any IP would take all of that land, but having the ability to remove FFB means they can drastically change the flow of guests through that area of the park. If they had Simpsons indefinitely, they probably don't even consider it. But if they are losing them around the time any kind of Kid Zone replacement would be opening anyway, might as well plan around that loss and redo the whole area.
 

Disneyhead

Legendary Member
Jul 24, 2008
10,397
Orlando, FL
I think the Fox sale to Disney probably affects their long term plans. Knowing they are likely to lose the Simpsons in the next decade would suggest everything between London and Hollywood is open for discussion on removal. MIB will be almost 30 by the time the Simsons contract expires, so it has to be on the table for a removal as well. Not that any IP would take all of that land, but having the ability to remove FFB means they can drastically change the flow of guests through that area of the park. If they had Simpsons indefinitely, they probably don't even consider it. But if they are losing them around the time any kind of Kid Zone replacement would be opening anyway, might as well plan around that loss and redo the whole area.
You know what would fit in with Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, and London?

Tokyo!