So. There’s a rumor going around the internet that Universal and the Tolkien family are in talks about a Middle Earth theme park. It all began in a forum – as most internet rumors do. User Disneyhead over at Orlando United said that Universal asked Warner Bros to approach the Tolkien family about the idea of an amusement park. They communicated how closely Universal worked with J.K. Rowling to bring the world of Harry Potter to life and basically said Universal could do the same for Middle Earth. The poster believes that the Tolkien family has talked with Rowling about just that, and that Universal has entered discussions with an “impressive plan.”
This person is being called a reputable member of the forums, but as I don’t use those forums I don’t know how they are defining that claim. However, from scanning the replies, no one seems to be questioning him – just speculating about possible rides and location. That says something.
I mean, imagine the possibilities! A dwarf barrel ride, a Smaug contraption you can ride across the sky, a roller coaster ride through Moria, locations serving themed food and Elevensies, and so much more. Plus, you won’t have to travel all the way to New Zealand. It could be glorious. Given the fact that Universal has built Wizarding World in a way that makes you feel like you’re walking around in the Harry Potter books, I think they could make it work. But since it’s a rumor from a forum, I’m going to take this with a healthy dose of realism and so you should you. Daydream away about walking into The Prancing Pony, but don’t put all your pipeweed in one pipe.