Monday, August 29, 2011

History of Power Rangers at Universal Studios

For almost five years, the Power Rangers were at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando (2005 to 2010). But that is no longer the case. For those who just clicked on this from google and not familiar with this, Disney owned Power Rangers from 2002 to 2010, now it is owned once again by the original owner Haim Saban. I've read online that many parents miss the Rangers and their kids want to see them. So far Saban has not announced them at any parks as of yet. Because Power Rangers are now airing on Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Studios used to be at Universal Studios Orlando and some characters did frequent there, some fans believe the Rangers might move over there. It is yet to be announced.

Saban has had the Power Rangers appear at Universal Studios before. For Lightspeed Rescue in 2000, the actors appeared at Universal Studios Hollywood, California for 2 days and their bikes were there for a while. Now, yes these were no staying theme park attractions.

Also I remember reading an article back in 1994 that the original cast of MMPR (Austin St. John, Thuy Trang, Walter Jones, etc.) also made an appearance---they made five shows and there was a big crowd. Now, yes these were no staying theme park attractions. The longest thing at a theme park the Power Rangers have ever had was in Walt Disney World. Another theme park-like thing there is the Nick Hotels and Nick Cruise where the Nickelodeon characters appear at.


Douglas said...

that would be interesting to see the rangers at Uni when i go this christmas but i can't imagine them next to Lucy Ricardo and Dora the Explorer. same dilema that disney has with Marvel.

Lavender Ranger said...

its funny i never thought of that. Marvel characters have to switch from Universal Studios to Disney World and Power Rangers have to move from Disney World to a new home. But I think PR is easier as they are no longer tied to any park.

Lavender Ranger said...

Although Disney World will not be able to construct rides featuring certain Marvel characters, the Disney-Marvel partnership will give The Walt Disney Company a powerful new advantage over the competition. Through its acquisition of Marvel's licensing rights to merchandise and characters that are central to Islands of Adventure, Disney will become privy to Universal's sensitive financial information, the Orlando Sentinel reports. In addition, Disney will gain certain powers over the park's decision-making process as it pertains to Marvel merchandise and characters.

To sweeten the deal for Disney, Universal will not be allowed to reduce its promotion of Marvel-related attractions and merchandise, even though such promotion will result in financial gain to the Walt Disney Company. The more successful Marvel's attractions and retail products become at Universal, the greater the financial gain for the Walt Disney Company.

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Jim F said...

Well, if the rangers could show up anywhere associated with Nickelodeon, then why not at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America. That would give me an excuse to go back home to MN.

Luca said...

As OOC as the Christmas picture is, I love it when they combine random colors from different seasons. It gives it a less Sentai-like feel not having everyone look the same.