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Topic: POTTER IN HOLLYWOOD! WHAT HAPPENED?

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planodisney
Tue 11/13/2012 6:27p
What the heck happened to the whole Harry Potter coming to Hollywood? Did this just die or was it never happening to begin with?
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oc_dean
Tue 11/13/2012 6:34p
This is from Screamscape.com

>>2015 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Confirmed - (10/16/12) Weíve heard the rumor before, but the latest whisper from the backlot is that Live Nationís lease to use the Gibson Amphitheater will come to an end sometime in 2013. At this point the Gibson Amphitheater will be demolished to make way for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are rumored talks about possibly building a new modern venue elsewhere on a section of Universalís backlot property. (Iím guessing perhaps sometwhere out in the field beyond the far back parking structure and flat lot.)
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leemac
Wed 11/14/2012 1:35a
<<2015 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Confirmed - (10/16/12) Weíve heard the rumor before, but the latest whisper from the backlot is that Live Nationís lease to use the Gibson Amphitheater will come to an end sometime in 2013.>>

Screamscape is wrong as usual. Live Nation's lease was a 15 year term and expires September 9, 2014. There is no option to terminate early.
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FerretAfros
Wed 11/14/2012 3:14p
Even if the contract did expire in 2013, I doubt they could demolish the ampitheater and construct a new mini-land of any noteworthiness in that amount of time. From what I recally, the Florida version took about 2 years of construction, and that was on a site with a lot more construction staging room, and without California's additional code requirements.

It did seem odd that they had the big splashy announcement that it was coming, but didn't really give any details of when it was projected to open (or even start construction, what area of the park it would be, or what sort of attractions would be there. They put a lot more 'oomph' into the announcement than Disney didn with Avatar, but it sounds like both companies may be hoping that they're quietly forgotten.
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Kar2oonMan
Wed 11/14/2012 3:51p
An LA Times article had it opening in 2016 at the earliest.

http://articles.latimes.com/20...20111207
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dshyates
Thu 11/15/2012 3:29a
"It did seem odd that they had the big splashy announcement that it was coming, but didn't really give any details of when it was projected to open (or even start construction, what area of the park it would be, or what sort of attractions would be there. "

They were forced into making the announcement because The Wall Street Journal spilled the beans.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Thu 11/15/2012 9:23a
Couldn't they have just kept quiet about it?
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Kar2oonMan
Thu 11/15/2012 9:50a
Covered in a cloak of invisibility?
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oc_dean
Thu 11/15/2012 12:08p
>>Live Nation's lease was a 15 year term and expires September 9, 2014.<<

Unless they choose another location for Potter land ... then because of that lease ... Potter is WAAAAAAY down the line.

You figure .. if that lease goes to 2014 ... demolition won't begin for another half year .. if not more. Construction starting 2015 ... with an opening that would be toward the end of 2017 or even 2018.

That's a long time from now. We're talking 6 years!

So ... I consider this subject - closed. For the time-being.

And the time to get excited is when it's close to opening.

Same goes with Disney as far as Frontierland or Tomorrowland additions or renovations are concerned.

It seems Universal and Disney are going to coast on what they have now .. and just quietly continue developing whatever they got up their sleeves .. for the next few years.

My prediction .. we hear absolutely nothing for the rest of 2012,2013, and by the end of 2014 ... we'll start to semi confirmed plans ... with construction cranes coming in - 2015.
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Jim in Merced CA
Thu 11/15/2012 12:36p
I can't imagine demolishing the Gibson Amphitheatre to expand the theme park. Doesn't make sense to me.

Then again, I didn't understand 'Cloud Atlas' so there you go...

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