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Lord of the Rings theme park rumoured for Orlando

Internet rumours claim that Universal are planning on including a Lord of the Rings-themed world in a new theme park in Orlando.

The Disney and More blog claim that Universal are working on “Project 314” to create a fourth theme park at Orlando (alongside Universal Studios Florida, Volcano Bay, and Universal’s Islands of Adventure). Notably, Universal acquired a lot of land in 2015 and 2017, whilst the rumoured theme park would contain:

  • A Nintendo land, featuring Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and Peach’s Castle;
  • A “Ministry of Magic” land, from Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them;
  • A “Jurassic Park” land, potentially featuring the new Jurassic World films; and
  • A Lord of the Rings-based land.

This isn’t the first time that Universal have attempted to secure a Middle-earth themed park. Back in 2010 they surveyed customers with the following:

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.

Disney and More blog, which is noted to be a reliable source in the past, claims that the park will be ready for 2023-4.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.