For a while now, rumors have circulated about a Pokemon Land coming to Universal Studios Orlando, replacing the very outdated Woody Wood Peckers Kid Zone. This is something that I want to be true so badly. It is a blend of two of my favorite things being Pokemon and Theme Parks.
In fact, the rumors have gotten me so excited that I have thinking of ideas about what a Pokemon Land could look like. Ideas that I am going to share with you. So let’s get straight to it.
So I am going to be a bit selfish here and say that they should completely knock down the kids zone and rebuild, rather than just re-theming whats already there. This is mainly due to everything in that zone being for kids and can only really be enjoyed by them. And if you didn’t realize, I’m not a kid.
On top of this, it also allows me more creative freedom. I can build whatever I want there, rather than having to just change what is already there.
Despite being English, I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan. However, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal is easily the best thing the park has to offer. The way they rebuilt the world added a level of immersion that had never really been seen at a theme park before.
I want something similar for Pokemon Land. Whenever you enter the area I want it to feel like you’ve stepped into the world of Pokemon.
Spread throughout the land will be buildings representing places from the games, like Pokemon Centers and Gyms. Moreover, there will also be Pokemon statues and animatronics to add to the idea you’re in the world of Pokemon.
Meet and Greets
Something for kids to do at the land is meet with characters and Pokemon from the series. From Ash and Misty, to Pikachu and Eevee, you will be able to take pictures with them and get their autographs.
The first thing that came to my mind was a Vanilluxe ice cream stand. It just makes too much sense. The other thing I thought was to have one of the Pokemon cafe’s that you can find in Japan. I’ve always wanted to go to it so it would be great if I could go to one at a theme park.
If Pokemon Land was to replace the Kids Zone, that would mean Universal would lose two of its current show offerings (those being Animal Actors and the Barney show). So to make sure that the park does have enough shows, there will have to be a Pokemon themed show.
The idea I came up is called The Pokemon Adventure and it will revolve around everyone’s favorite 10-year-old Ash Ketchum. It’s a retelling of Ash’s adventure through the Kanto Region, though very shortened down with the show having a run time of about 30 minutes.
All the best moments from the early Anime episodes will be shown, such as Ash seeing Ho-oh and saying bye-bye to Butterfree. Then it will end by Ash losing the Pokemon League but continuing on his quest to becoming a Pokemon master.
With Animal Actors being sacrificed in this rebuild, I feel like it would be a good idea to incorporate some Animals somewhere. That’s why I came up with Venusaur’s Grassy Terrain, a place in the land where people are able to see animals, as well as learn what Pokemon those animals inspired. It’s not going to be like a huge zoo. It’s just a nice little place to see and learn about some animals.
So if you didn’t realize, I was saving the best part to last and that is the rides. Being the main reason why people go to theme parks, coming up with rides was the most important part. I have thought of three ideas, which I feel is a strong number to have when a new area first opens.
The first is called Charizard Flight. It’s your typical Dumbo style spin ride, but your vehicle is a Pokemon which can fly. People can choose from a range of different Pokemon to fly on, including Charizard, Dragonite, Pidgeot, Salamence, Flygon and many other popular Pokemon.
Next up is Blastoise’s Bubble Blast (I hope you’ve noticed the trend with my theming, I even put it in Pokedex order). As you’d expect, your probably going to get a bit wet on this ride. If I was to compare it to any other ride, it would be Splash Mountain at Disney. That’s due to it having dark ride sections where you go past some cool Pokemon animatronics, as well as having your typical big drop at the end.
Finally we have Pikachu’s Thunder Coaster. Being the most popular type of ride, it was only fair having the most popular Pokemon theme the ride. Just like Blastoise’s Bubble Blast, the ride will have bother indoor and outdoor parts, with the indoor bits having Pikachu projections and animatronics. The coaster wont be too scary to allow kids to ride, however it will still go quick enough to provide thrills to anybody. It will be the standout attraction at the land, and will even have an entertaining queue to make up for long wait times.
So that’s it for this speculation of what a Pokemon Land could look like at Universal Studios Orlando. Of course any of these ideas happening are very small, but it is still fun to speculate and come up with ideas.
Thanks for reading this. Goodbye!