My first post for 11 months lol.
As we all know, Disney Studios has the Star Wars Weekends overlay in May-Junetime and it's very popular.
If, and this is an ENORMOUS if, Disney were to acquire the Middle-Earth theme-park licence, as I think the theme park market is saturated at the mo, they could run a seasonal overlay of Animal Kingdom, aptly named Lord of the Rings weekends.
First, the obligatory mass of costumed characters from the film. Things like orcs, soldiers, wizards etc. A LotR cavalcade could replace the AK parade during this time. Meet and greets could be set up around the park. Even some hobbits can be enlisted from the vertically-challenged.
Effects around the park will immerse you in Middle-Earth. Turn one corner and you could see the Stone Trolls. Take another path, and you could see a camp with various items of the Fellowship scattered around. In the entrance jungle-type path, there must be a cave with a waterfall. From outside you can here the recognisable "Precioussss...." and maybe a shape in the dark.
Ride overlays.Turn part of the Conservation Station into a movie exhibit, with props, costumes, miniatures, sound labs and probably a making-of film. Take an elven boat down the Discovery Island river. Maybe take a ride in Gandalf's cart.
Of course, Expedition Everest, the resident E-Ticket could be rethemed to "Expedition Erebor: Legend of the Lonely Mountain" . Give the yeti a small refurb and put in a Smaug. The cars could be Dwarven mining carts.
This overlay is inspired by Jim Hill Media's April Fools prank a couple of years ago, albeit more conservatively. Do you like it? Do you think it would boost attendance? Reply please.