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).