Harry Potter’s got a theme park and now that Hunger Game is wrapping up the film franchise next year, there have been talks about the possibility of a theme park for that series as well. Although a Hunger Games theme park isn’t a sure thing yet, there will most definitely be a touring exhibit. But what is so fascinating about having a theme park attraction? I believe it’s the allure of finally being a part of the world instead of just looking in from outside that world.
Film goers and book readers around the world have been immersed in the world of Harry Potter since the first film was released in 2001. There are fans who want to board the Hogwarts Express, zip through Gringotts, drink butter beer at the Three Broomsticks, or walk down Diagon Alley. And with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Orlando, they can do that! They watched and loved the films, now with the theme park, they can actually be a part of that world! (cue the song from The Little Mermaid – Part Of Your World)
A world that once was fictional is now real. Well, as “real” as can be. That’s what attracts people to theme parks. Theme parks allow visitors to escape reality and be a part of the fantasy world they know and love. It’s all not really real, you argue. True. But people would still pay good money to go to these theme parks. If they weren’t, Disney would not have been able to open and maintain 6 Disneyland theme parks till today!
I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet had the chance to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. But it’s definitely on my travel bucket list!
Although I’ve not visited the Harry Potter theme park, I grabbed the chance to go visit The Making Of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour when I was in London earlier this year. It’s no theme park, but for a film and television buff like myself, it was akin to Charlie Bucket seeing the inside of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It was so fun! The tour was supposed to last 3 hours, but my friends (who didn’t have a choice but to be sit around and drink “butter beer” while waiting for me) and I spent at least 5 hours there. Here are just some of the photos I took there…
Coming back to the subject of a Hunger Games theme park, I’m really not sure how they are going to create a theme park out of the series. After all, The Hunger Games aren’t really ideal since it’s a dystopian world where kids kill other kids for the amusement of others. Not exactly fun family orientated amusement park material. Not unless you want to pay to get knocked off your feet, injured, or worse, killed. But, I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with something. The lure of money is too great for them to not try developing a family friendly theme park for The Hunger Games.
The other upcoming Young Adult film franchise is the Divergent series. Wonder if they’ll make a theme park for that as well. As it is I read that a theme park attraction for Alien and Life of Pi is also set to open in Malaysia in 2016!
Of course theme parks and touring exhibits aren’t the only ways one can enter the world of film. Visiting the actual location where the film or TV series is filmed also draws a lot of tourists and fans alike. In fact, I’m planning a trip to New Zealand this December and I’m definitely visiting the Shire in Matamata. Woo hoo!
What do you think?
Have you been to Hobbiton before? Any tips? Do let me know as I am still in the planning stages of my trip. Do you think it’s a good idea for The Hunger Games series to have a theme park? What kind of rides and attractions do you want to see at a Hunger Games theme park? What other film series should have their own amusement park?
- ‘Hunger Games’ theme park? We have some ideas (popwatch.ew.com)
- Fox Unveils Theme Park Plans: ‘Alien’, ‘Life of Pi’ Set to be Attractions (hollywoodreporter.com)
- ‘Shire Tours’ new venture for Hobbiton (newzealand.com)