While the world is captivated by the Olympic Games, it appears that another Olympic-sized competition may be going on between the two major theme parks in Orlando. Two years ago, Universal Orlando
stole the spotlight from Walt Disney World
with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
. Theme park fans thought theFantasyland
expansion was Disney's answer to Harry Potter. However, the DIS has learned of a rumor
: Disney's answer may in fact be the opening of Cars Land
at Walt Disney World.
This is strictly rumor at this point, but what we've heard is that Cars Land may be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios
, replacing the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
. This show is apparently very costly to run several times a day, which may be one of the driving factors behind its removal. If more space is needed for the new land, the less-popular Backlot Tour
may be the next to go.
Recently, there was a popular yet plausible rumor that Universal Orlando was expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter into the Universal Studios
park. These rumors included a train that connected the existing land in Islands of Adventure
with the new area, rumored to be developed on the former site of the Jaws attraction. Late in 2011, Walt Disney World announced that Avatarland
was coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom
and while this announcement was made to mixed reviews, many in the industry still questioned whether this combined with the new Fantasyland would be enough to steal Harry Potter's thunder. If this Cars Land rumor proves to be true, that may be enough to tilt the scales in Walt Disney World's favor.
Since this is only rumor for now, there have been no specific dates mentioned, but one would expect that it would be at least a 3 or 4 year process for plans, construction and so as to not poach guests from Cars Land at Disneyland