While I love all of the concept art that has been released, that video clip is cheesy beyond belief. Watching those 3 dudes talk and talk and talk in the Common Room made me feel like I fell asleep with the TV on, and this was the infomercial crap I woke up to. When Tom Felton came out, I half-expected him to offer a testimonial on the wonders of Extenze. "Things become bigger!"
Regarding the budget... analysts place the cost of Potterland at $265mm, but rumors are that the Hogwarts attraction alone is costing around $300mm.
Uni has made statements in their financial reports about how much they are spending. They have set the expectations and would need to correct those if overspending. They can't mess with investor relations too much. I need to find the quote I posted awhile back in one of the other IOA threads.
Originally Posted by naumoney
BTW: Is Dueling Dragons still open? How long will it be open? The website just says "A portion of the Lost Continent is closed," but not which portion.
No, it's been closed for awhile and is already all under construction.
Here is the stuff I found from previous Uni financial filings (in 2007). I haven't bothered to lookup newer ones yet
We estimate our total capital investment in these attractions and the previously announced Simpsons™ attraction to range from $230.0 million to $265.0 million. This includes all capital expenditures to build these attractions. This also takes into account the net present value of all license fee payments, including license fee payments to WB that would become payable during the renewal option periods, but does not include merchandise royalties. During 2007, we expect to spend from $75.0 million to $85.0 million on these attractions.
Only 260 mil spent between Simpsons and all of HP land including up front fees.
We estimate our capital expenditures, including intellectual property rights, to be approximately $110.0 million during 2009. Our capital expenditures in excess of the amount permitted by the capital covenant in our senior secured credit agreement will be funded through partner equity contributions made in 2008. A large portion of this cost relates to the design and construction of the upcoming Hollywood Rip Ride RockitSM coaster and Wizarding World of Harry PotterSM themed area which we anticipate opening in summer 2009 and no later than the summer of 2010, respectively. We estimate our total anticipated capital investment in The Simpsons RideTM, which opened in May 2008, and these two unfinished attractions will range from $275.0 million to $310.0 million. This includes all capital expenditures to build these attractions except capitalized interest. This also takes into account the net present value of all license fee payments made during the initial terms of the applicable licenses, while excluding license payments made during renewal periods or merchandise royalties.