The Daily Grind: Which MMO IP should Disney themeparkify next?

Following Disney’s announcement of the Star Wars Hotel in the Galaxy’s Edge Disney subpark this weekend, my MMO guildies were joking about using the location for a guild meet-up in a few years. (Well, they were joking; I was serious! Teenage Bree would literally be shrieking incoherently over this thing. I practically still am.) The new bit is basically a Star Wars LARP hotel where you walk around in costume (and presumably in-character).

“It’s unlike anything that exists today. From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100 percent immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

So basically, it’s an MMORPG that skips right past VR and into real life. Will it be awesome? It’s going to cost a fortune, so probably — although if Westworld is any guide, people will still pay fortunes to show up and be idiots. My guildies will probably just spend all their time playing sabacc in the cantina, so we may as well just stay home and save the dough.

But Star Wars is my particular obsession; I’m sure you folks can think of other IPs, specifically MMO IPs, that would work even better for a bajillion-dollar vanity LARP. Which MMO IP should Disney themeparkify next? (Points to whoever says Revival first!)

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semugh

Hunger games.

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Little Bugbear

I just want to be a Hobbit.

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Bryan Correll

Marvel Heroes, of course. The “hotel” will be a working SHIELD helicarrier that will travel cruise ship style between various Marvel locations such as Asgard, Xandar, K’un-Lun (the stop there will be too long and kinda boring), Avengers Tower, Wakanda, and Aunt May’s house. The Baxter Building, the Xavier Mansion, and Latveria will not be part of the itinerary.

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starbuck1771

The Marvel Themepark is across the street at universal studios themepark in Orlando Florida. :P

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Sally Bowls

To follow up on Mellisa’s sandbox comment: in a dystopian future, different companies/countries might offer a full-loot sandbox experience. Hmm, an EVE sandbox, full loot, door key is also a stun gun would allow all the edgelords to not be constrained by society’s mores.

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Space Captain Zor

Borderlands! Sponsored by the Atlas Corporation: “We might not spend much of our budget on you, but at least you’re not on Promethia!”

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starbuck1771

Speaking of Atlas a Call of Duty themed park would be nice. Battlefield as well. :P

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AngryDolphin

Who needs the Wild West MMO when we could have an Apple Dumpling Gang MMO followed by an appropriate Disney theme park experience.

Actually count me in for any Don Knotts themed experience…

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Sally Bowls

I don’t like underwater expansions so am skeptical of a DK: The Incredible Mr. Limpet themed experience.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Monster Hunter IP (and yeah, there is Monster Hunter Online, so fits the question).

It should be similar to King Kong 360 ride, also in full stereo 3D, but longer, with tons of awesome monsters who are huge, terrifying and threaten to eat visitors alive. Most important, it shouldnt be scripted. All monsters behaviors should be dynamic, always changing, monsters interacting with each other, so every new ride will be completely different experience. Here is how KK360 looks:

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Melissa McDonald

Reminds me of the touring company Walking With Dinosaurs, who have life-size animatronic dinos that “walk” with cleverly disguised wheel carriages under them. The T. Rex stomps around, and has a loudspeaker in his mouth, so when he roars, it comes out of his mouth very strongly. Seeing that thing made me realize, if it was much more realistic, I’d have wet my pants. Even a robot version was pretty awe-inspiring.

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Hirku

That Kong ride looks amazing, even watching it on YT. The real thing would probably give me a heart attack, but what a way to go!

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Tobasco da Gama

A Lord of the Rings theme park experience is an absolute no-brainer, I mean come on. Split the hotel sections into Bree-town, Hobbiton, and Rivendell.

You could do a room escape attraction based on the Mines of Moria and have a Star Tours-style ride where you charge onto the Pelennor with the Rohirrim. Maybe a haunted house where you’re sneaking around the Lonely Mountain trying not to disturb Smaug, then you escape in mine carts or something as he chases you. Restaurants would be styled around Lake Town, Minas Tirith, and of course an Orc encampment, with your server doing the whole Dick’s Last Resort “rude waitress” schtick.

And, of course, the entrance/exit of the parking lot would be the Grey Havens.

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Minimalistway

36 comments and not one pun about sandboxes … i’m disappointing :-D

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Melissa McDonald

we had enough of bullies in public school system, thanks

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Schmidt.Capela

I would love a crossover one: Indiana Jones (which is owned by Disney through Lucasarts) and The Secret World, set in the 30s (the decade where the original Indiana Jones films are set and, more important, way before aliens were introduced into the Indiana Jones setting).

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Mewmew

I briefly was thinking how cool this would be, and then my mind went to wondering if a lot of ERP would be taking place :D I guess that would be LAERP though?

Not that there would be anything wrong with that of course.

Still that does sound like a cool experience. I’m not even very into Star Wars and it sounds cool to me.

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camren_rooke

*wandering back into Westworld

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Hirku

I think Star Trek would be a much better IP for this sort of thing. All the best stuff in Star Wars usually involves swashbuckling outside or flying around in a small craft and the illusion, imo, would be hard to maintain. Trek would be perfect because all its best stuff involves people running through corridors or starring at screens and pushing buttons. The whole hotel would be the ship, with floors as decks and the rooms as crew quarters.

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Mewmew

Good points.

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Utakata

I would go there to see how the toilets work. Because they don’t talk about that too much in the movies…

Drax: “I have famously large turds! HA, ha, ha, ha!!”

…on second thought, maybe not. :(

More back on topic, if Blizz sells out to Disney, I suspect a Warcraft and an Overwatch themed themepark may come out of that as well. Not that I would want to visit or check out their “washrooms” as well. /Amberseed :(

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Sally Bowls

You can get your waste and waste disposal viewing needs met in GoT E7S1.

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Mewmew

OMG gross!

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Utakata

Gross would be anytime Mr. Schlagg posted that South Park gif of an incontinent gamer. But I agree, it was a bit squeamish of me to post that, as I felt a bit squeamish in writing that up. My bad. :(

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Alex Malone

I’m not quite sure what you would actually do at this themepark. Is it just a residential area, like hotels for guests to the normal themeparks nearby? Or does it have rides itself? It just just one massive cosplay experience for all visitors (ew to wearing 2nd hand costumes…)?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive Star Wars fan so if they’ve built up a whole themepark to make it feel like you’re there, great. But, am I just gonna visit the cantina for an oddly coloured beer? Do I just take recreational walks around the Palace Gardens on Naboo?

I think what I’d rather see is for some new city planner out there to decide to build an actual village / town / city in the style of Star Wars, then let us actually buy the houses and apartments. New buildings would have to conform with the style. Extend this to other IPs as well. Like, I get my first starter flat in a coruscant-themed tower block, then upgrade to a spacious tattooine-style house, if I’m rich, maybe a Naboo-styled palatial town house. Then, when I’m old, move out of the city and retire to my own hobbit hole (yeh, crossing IPs, but meh).

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Sally Bowls

Disney has already done that once. Well, not a specific IP but IDK iconic suburbia.

A long time ago, Disney bought up a lot of land. But that was holding down their financial metrics in the time of Milken and takeovers so they started to develop it. One of the ways was Disney spent a few billion dollars on Celebration. Extremely rigid homeowner rules. Several buildings by world famous architects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebration,_Florida

And chided in the Avenue Q song.

Fresh from her world tour
Headlining Amsterdam, Bangkok and Celebration, Florida
Please give a warm hand to the star of Girls Gone Wild
Parts Two, Five and Seven
Lucy the Slut!

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Mewmew

I doubt you wear second hand costumes (not that it would matter much if they were washed, seriously get over yourself!). Considering the price of this thing, I’m sure you are able to select from all new clothes and take them home with you after if you want. It wouldn’t be at all difficult to make a great deal of different in character clothes clothes to sell to people so no you wouldn’t be wearing 2nd hand costumes.

But you will be sleeping in the sheets other people have slept on between washings obviously as that’s how hotels work. Since other people having ever touched the same fabric you’ll be using seems to disgust you, if you go you may want to bring your own. :P

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Hirku

Don’t forget the plastic utensils. NEVER forget the plastic utensils!

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Melissa McDonald

Sounds pretty darn cool to me, although I’m not a huge Star Wars fan. Star Trek would be more my cup of tea.

Who doesn’t want a full-sized Last Homely House of Elrond Half-Elven, aka RIVENDELL? Complete with valley, waterfalls, and lovely manicured grounds?

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deekay_plus

with how CBS has treated star trek and hamstrung any attempts from partners to make decent product with it (espcially video games, see the vr bridge sim from ubi), i wouldn’t expect a decent and safe star trek park until CBS shuffles some top people and starts treating the IP with a decent level of respect.

which i don’t have the highest hopes for discovery after that trailer (production values looked stellar but the acting and writing seemed poor and yet another iteration of klingon aesthetic that didn’t need to happen).

as for a lotr park, after the hobbit trilogy i don’t think the estate would let it happen. they’ve been pretty upset with how the IP has been treated by the licensees overall.

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Melissa McDonald

It would most likely happen in New Zealand. They’ve kept the Shire intact as a tourist attraction.

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camren_rooke

And don’t forget the teleporter accidents at a Star Trek park.

So many teleporter accidents..

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deekay_plus

teleporter accident eps are some of the best ones.

except tuvix. that’s one of the worst all time eps of any star trek trope XD

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starbuck1771

Firefly and Stargate

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MesaSage

It’s not an MMO, yet, but Firefly.

I’d go all Reaver on the 14.99 buffet.

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starbuck1771

You come across as more of a purple belly to me. :P

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Karma_Mule

My bf and I are already planning to go there… =:-D

Not sure any other MMO would have enough mainstream appeal for someone like Disney to pour money into it. Putting that issue aside, I’d love to see ESO, although the RL attempt at Khajiits would probably be mega-creepy.

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BalsBigBrother

Perhaps it is because its Monday or I am old or something but I am finding it hard to get excited by this theme park so I am having a hard time coming up with a good actual answer for the question asked..

I can’t imagine why I would want to pay money to be surrounded by crowds of sweaty smelly people and screaming kids, hell to the no. Heck the few times I have been to the cinema recently has always been at off peak times to avoid crowds, even then I got irritated a few times by folks talking or texting on phones.

Nah while I like the idea of exploring the theme park the thought of crowds brings me out in shivers. Maybe if I get super rich or something I could hire the entire thing for a weekend for myself and my friends, I would be sure that the complimentary gift bags had deodorant, hehe.

Sorry for not giving the answer to the question you asked. Maybe when the caffeine kicks in I will do better :-)

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Sally Bowls

Yep. Although I am sure I will go here, but it will be in spite of not because of the people.

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I want to live alone in the desert
I want to be like Georgia O’Keefe
I want to live on the Upper East Side
And never go down in the street

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I don’t need no one
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Michael Jackson in Disneyland
Don’t have to share it with nobody else
Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand
And lead me through the World of Self

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Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me
Don’t want to take up with nobody new
Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first
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Lying down in the dark to dream
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Utakata

Maybe not old, just wise. <3

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camren_rooke

That is a perfectly acceptable answer and might I say, Welcome to the Misanthropy Club.

We don’t meet.

We don’t have socials.

We don’t even make eye-contact in the hall.

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Fred Douglas

The Secret World. Fun for …all….ages…

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Tobasco da Gama

TRANSMIT – initiate road trip cadence – RECEIVE – initiate family fun protocol – ARE WE THERE YET – The dark days are here at Agarthaland – ARE WE THERE YET – Insanity guaranteed or your money back! – ARE WE THERE YET – Keep your hands and arms inside this reality at all times

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

You captured the bees wonderfully.

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BalsBigBrother

that would be a theme park inception given that you would have a theme park within a theme park :-)

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camren_rooke

Only some mad Bogeyman would make something like that!

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BalsBigBrother

Or a mad mouse, bogeymouse? um on second thoughts let’s just stick with mad mouse 🐭

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deekay_plus

does the star wars themepark area allow cosplay? would be a departure from their main parks which do not allow it (due to potential confusion with employees who dress up and interact with visitors – their reasoning not mine). so probably LARP is out here really.

i linked this news to jenny nicholson who moonlights as indepedent vlogger and talk shot host for screenjunkies (millenial falcon, check it out) because she works for disney world and effin loves themeparks and their mythology. idk that she responded at all or has talked about it yet at all, but i’m keen to see what she has to say on the topic because as anyone who watches her vlog knows she is absolutely savage and takes no prisoners on stuff she talks about (which is mostly star wars).

anyways not sure what mmo i’d like to see a themepark of. i’m not realy a themepark guy in my old age. too much walking too many lines and i hate rollercoasters and otehr thrill rides. i could amybe get behind something like universal studios florida (which i loved as a kid, and my dad still has a vhs somewhere of me doing the star trek blue screen thing LOL). perhaps for idk, grand theft auto? or maybe wildstar. or i’d love to see lineage 2’s costumes recreated irl (there’s some wicked good cosplay of it out there if you look).

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Gen'Challa 🦆

Wakanda.

I don’t need the whole Marvel Universe.

Just give me Wakanda.

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camren_rooke

I so want that movie to be good.

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deekay_plus

at worst it can’t be worse than the first two thor movies, or iron man 2 or w/e one with the mandarin “” and the trailers make it seem quite a bit better than either :D

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camren_rooke

Agreed.

On all points.

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deekay_plus

i’m not really a tchalla fan in the comics (he’s a cool character and i really liked him in secret wars, i just won’t read a book for him), but the movie i might have to see somehow. and i don’t watch all marvel movies (i’ve still got gotg2 hidden off somewhere i cba to sit down and watch XD)

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Gen'Challa 🦆

I’m a huge Black Panther fan (can you tell from the name?)

Been so since I was a kid reading the McGregor run of Jungle Action at the library in the early 80’s. (he was fighting apartheid and the Klan, so I guess they figured it was educational?)

I’ve read every run of his solo books and most of his team books. This movie looks like it’s going to be amazing. They got an outstanding director (‘Fruitvale Station’ was heartbreaking, and ‘Creed’ was fantastic) who brought his own team to work on the film, and was given unprecedented freedom to enact his vision of Wakanda in the MCU. The movie just looks gorgeous, and the actors and actresses are all just perfect for the roles. Everything about it screams quality and care.

I cannot wait. I hope Disney and Marvel realize what a cultural touchstone they have with this property, and support it accordingly.

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deekay_plus

i liked the little arc of his with namor from avx through illuminati into secret wars.

i didn’t read illuminati but the relevant scene was posted on r/marvel by black bolt fans and i thought it was pretty bad ass (even tho i am kind of a namor fan).

tchalla was done pretty well in civil war, and the trailer looks pretty bad ass, so i’m interested to see it.

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Gen'Challa 🦆

I can’t forgive ol’ Namor for what he did to Wakanda.
Still mad about that. 😡

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deekay_plus

if rightclops can be forgiven for xavier, i think namor can be forgiven for wakanda. nevermind what magik and emma were doing to people.

tho unlike the rightclops people i see why the other xmen and the hero world sees cyclops as a villain in the bendis run,a nd even during the ivx run. and i think both are well written.

as for namor,tchalla gets his revenge for that, and then they team up iirc to take on god doom. so there’s that. tho i’m not sure secret wars story stays in effect for post sw so possible they still don’t care for each other much.

i also loved in wolverine adn the xmen tchalla pleads with storm not to have a love affair with logan. which was a great one last dance in paris for logan before his death.

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Gen'Challa 🦆

I mean, Scott murdered his mentor / father figure /etc. and is still seen as a villain right up until he cacked it. Namor murdered an entire country and people were like, “Eh, that’s Namor for you.” Sure, T’Challa got revenge, and yeah, hanging onto the Reality Gem during the end of Secret Wars let him bring Wakanda back in full glory – but I’m STILL mad at ol’ Namor. 😂

And now it looks like Ororo and T’Challa are getting back together, at least in a limited fashion. They’re certainly dancing around it in both ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Black Panther and The Crew.’ I just wish BP&TC hadn’t been cancelled so quickly – it’s a really good book.

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deekay_plus

i’m not up to date on xmen gold and don’t read any non xmen books. but that’s interesting.

i think they over did the black panther books a bit much in the new run, but they seem to be doing that with all the properties in general right now. so many xbooks i am not reading all of them for the first time in years. but then i’m a bit burnt out with doign weekly pulls and reading + back reading for the past 4 years XD

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Gen'Challa 🦆

I dunno – they did three BP-centered books – four if you count Ultimates, which I don’t – and one of those was a limited series (World of Wakanda). BP&TC was a team book with a serious, political and cultural story… and they cancelled it before the 2nd issue was printed. That’s just terrible planning on the part of Marvel.

The only books on my pull currently are Black Panther, BP&TC (which will end at issue 6), Luke Cage, and Occupy Avengers. Everything else, I pretty much just wait for trades.

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camren_rooke

Hellraiser.

Oh you want MMO IP’s….. uhm….most fantasy mmo’s are all fairly derivative, elves, orcs, so none of them…probably Marvel Supers since they own them.

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Gen'Challa 🦆

“Oh bother, we have such honey to show you.”

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deekay_plus

that pic XD

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camren_rooke

Human dreams… such fertile ground for the seeds of torment.

*Mickey Laugh

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deekay_plus

oh sucks fella, it’s just a puzzle!

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Bryan Turner

Rift, make it a Disney Musical with a love story between Regulos and Crucia how they struggle against adversity from the interference from primitive mortals hell bent on shutting the doors on their Rifts when all their people want is an opportunity to thrive.

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