[QUOTE=tigger;1050400]Disney now owns a number of the properties used for rides at Universal. GE/NBC Universal is not all the interested in the theme park business. Universal really doesn’t do much brand support for it’s corporate masters (HP world there biggest draw isn’t even owned and Shrek is no Mickey Mouse).
I really don’t see Universal being owned by GE/NBC Universal within 10 years and if it is put up for sale it would be cheaper for Disney to buy it and refurbish it then build a new park…the question then is what happens to DS.[/QUOTE]
Technically, Universal Orlando is only 50% GE/NBC Universal. The other 50% is held by the Blackstone private equity group. But even the Universal Studios park is not fully Universal either. MIB is actually a Marvel property and the films are Columbia (Sony). The Simpsons is Fox. Terminator is MGM, T2 is actually Studio Canal+ (which is still owned by Vivendi, but not Universal). It’s really a mess considering how much they don’t control the rights to. How the heck that happened, I don’t know.
I doubt that Disney will want to acquire Universal Orlando, not with that kind of hodge podge of licensing issues.
No, the fifth park would follow standard Disney theming practices and would be coherent in its scope. Of course every ride wouldn’t be a scream machine, but it will have a harder edge than the other parks. There naturally will be family rides and family coasters, but my ideal park would have Disney joining into the coaster arms race. I believe Walt would approve because this will still be a park that a father can take his daughters to as well as attracting many others and in the end be very profitable (Walt was a businessman after all), open new horizons, and be a clean, safe, and fun place.