Agreed besides its a great place for a maze, its a really nice area to eat or relax in and they have the room over at the VIP area/Restaurant. They can also take out the water park near the Silly land entrance and maybe put a small water area in the back of Silly Fun Land or just another playground. But especially if the area will be used for a family ride its a worthy tradeUnless they decide to put a small dark ride in the Parisian space (in the way the original plans for SLoP called for with the queue at the first floor and ride on the second), I hope they leave Parisian courtyard alone. It provides a nice HHN venue and extra "breathing space" at the park. I would prefer not to see another 3D show.
I would personally love to see a suspended dark ride akin to Sesame Street in Universal Singapore go where that Bakery and VIP dining area are. They would have to push out the building space a little more to make it happen, but they could do it. You'd be surprised at how tiny the show building is for the Sesame Street ride at Singapore.
The issue with the Super Silly Fun Land area you have to remember is that it literally sits on top of the Frankenstein parking garage. I'm sure Minion Mayhem rumbling doesn't help I believe they had wanted to put another SSFL ride in that area, but structural integrity & whatnot.looking at how much land the water Park and Restaurant takes up, easily a full ride can go in that space.
I'd use the watepark area as the Q its bigger than i remember and for sure could be a great space for that. Then use the building you have and just build up a little and boom easily another "dark ride" could fir thereThe issue with the Super Silly Fun Land area you have to remember is that it literally sits on top of the Frankenstein parking garage. I'm sure Minion Mayhem rumbling doesn't help I believe they had wanted to put another SSFL ride in that area, but structural integrity & whatnot.
As for an Illumination Land.... here is what you have to look at- The IPs available, which are very limited since DM & PETS are used.
- SING (2016 & sequel Dec 2021)
- HOP (2011 easter movie)
- THE LORAX (2012 Seuss)
- THE GRINCH (2018)
Personally, I wish PETS had been built over by Animal Actors because the synergy of adoption/rescues would blend nicely.
SING will most likely happen, but would they do a live actor show like Japan or an animatronic Country Bears show like Disney? Maintenance would be hell, but maybe give it a holiday overlay too?
HOP i LOVE it & it was the best unit in Orlando's Superstar Parade before PETS sadly replaced it. As for our park, could a holiday based ride exist year round?
Like "HOP", the animated remake of "The Grinch" runs into the same "holiday" issue. Unless they just recycle IOA's Seuss Landing "Sleigh Coaster" concept Mount Crumpit in Parisian Courtyard ???
THE LORAX is not exactly a woo-hoo movie, but..... again, use the shelved IOA Seuss Landing concept???
As an added side-note, "Super Mario" will be released in 2022 (perfect timing for Nintendo World)
To me a Minions Dark ride makes the most sense...I know the Sing show is cheaper but those kinda shows always die way before rides.I wish Universal would give the Despicable Me/Minions franchise a proper ride, its one of their biggest properties! Ideas:
- A retheme of Minions to Sing and building new by animals actors/Parisian Courtyard
- Scrapping the Minions building entirely and starting new.
- Keeping Minion Mayhem as is and have TWO Despicable Me themed rides in the park. Like SWGE, WWHP Orlando, and SNW Japan.
Except you forget that live actors means $$$$$ to pay them. Country Bears is/was a classic and it'd be the perfect example of what Universal could do with SING. Plus they could reprogram new songs over time (cheaper than rehearsals with actors). As well as a holiday overlay.I hope Disney and Universal see that its better to just have a stage to put shows on with actors or a ride over Country Bears/Muppets 3D and so on
Country Bear and many older Disney shows are in a league of their own.Except you forget that live actors means $$$$$ to pay them. Country Bears is/was a classic and it'd be the perfect example of what Universal could do with SING. Plus they could reprogram new songs over time (cheaper than rehearsals with actors). As well as a holiday overlay.
The park does need live entertainment of the musical variety outside of Frog Choir. While SING could fill this void, I still want Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue back
If we're purging Parisian Courtyard, at least relocate Mulligans accordingly. The park needs to keep its only "full bar" outside of Moes/Hogshead