As much as I would love to go to New Zealand, I can’t deny that I adore the idea of a Middle Earth theme park here at home. After seeing what can be done with theming and details – the sky is the limit. Rumors of a Middle Earth theme park hit the net about a month ago, but no sources were revealed or confirmed. Now those rumblings seem to have a more weight.
Tolkien Brasil obtained records from the U.S. Patent Office dated on January 22 which show that the Saul Zaents Company has registered a document requesting a few goods and services for the Middle Earth name. One section focuses on amusement parks. From the document:
“Entertainment in the nature of an amusement park ride; Entertainment services in the nature of an amusement park show; Entertainment services, namely, arranging for ticket reservations for amusement park attractions; Providing theme park services.”
Hmm.That certainly makes the possibility seem more real since the same company gives the rights to Warner Brothers to produce The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. They don’t specify a location in the document, but here’s hoping that it’s in the U.S.
See the registration document after the break (click to enlarge).