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Aug132010

Will Lord of the Rings get its own Wizarding World theme park?

Now we're talking. I've heard fun things about Universal Orlando's "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" park, but I've always been a Tolkien loyalist. If Harry and Frodo dueled to the death, I'd be right there to help the little halfling out. Harry Potter may solve a few mysteries after class, but Frodo saves all of Middle Earth. Pit Gandalf against Dumbledore and we know who'd win. For these reasons, and more, I'm very happy to learn that Universal and Disney are considering a Lord of the Rings attraction at their theme parks. Perhaps I won't have to go to New Zealand to travel the path to Mordor after all. 

The One Ring has the scoop.

"Imagine if you will a world unlike any you've ever visited before: it's Middle Earth, the ancient and beautiful land forged by J.R.R. Tolkien as the backdrop for his two most well known creations, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Walk as a human among dwarves, elves, orcs and hobbits -- all faithfully recreated and portrayed in the spirit of the original characters as they appeared in both the books and the movies. In this land you'll experience one-of-a-kind rides and attractions that bring to life some of the most memorable experiences of Tolkien's world including Bilbo's hobbit hole, the fortress at Isengard (before it was destroyed) and even the dark world of Mordor -- including the terrifying volcanic Mount Doom."

Granted, this information comes from surveys, but it does indicate that the companies are at least pondering the idea. Do it, I say. I'd love to walk off of Star Tours and head right into Hobbiton. Then maybe I'd ride my horse to Edoras. You know, a typical Wednesday in Middle Earth.

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