Lord of the Rings theme park coming?

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There’s a post over on MiceChat (which is one of the best resources for theme park news on the ‘net) saying that Universal is testing the waters regarding a possible Lord of the Rings-inspired theme park along the lines of the recently opened Harry Potter land in Islands of Adventure:

“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.”

This is all speculative based on a survey Universal is sending around, but if it happens I’ll be there opening day!