Now that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has cemented its place in Orlando, home to theme parks and rides based on the Marvel and DC Superheroes, Disney Princesses and Star Wars, we shouldn’t be all that surprised that Lionsgate is hoping to get into the theme-park business with the blockbuster Hunger Games series. According to Variety, the studio is in talks to create Hunger Games theme parks in not one, but two locations.
Granted, creating a theme park based upon a story about a totalitarian regime that holds games every year in which children are forced to murder one another is a little…morbid. But Suzanne Collins’ YA trilogy has outsold all of the Harry Potter books on Amazon.com — more than 50 million copies — and the first film grossed $684.5 million worldwide. So there must be some way Lionsgate can turn the dystopian tale into destination for family fun, right?
And let’s be honest, if they do make a Hunger Games theme park, we’ll be eagerly waiting in line on opening day. So we channeled both our inner Imagineer, reread the book and watched the movie a couple more times (for good measure) to come up with five PG attractions that would make the perfect Hunger Games theme park.
Train to the Capitol
Gale and Katniss’ Hunting Games
The Tracker Jacker
The Mocking Jay
The main attraction at the Hunger Games theme park, this ride provides an experience similar to that found on Harry Potter, the Forbidden Journey at Universal Studios, a dark ride that takes visitors quickly through scenes from the book while suspended in mid-air.
In our ride, you enter a room where Cinna, Katniss’ friend and stylist, tells you you’re about to enter the Games and gives you Katniss’ lucky Mockingjay pin for protection. Sitting in a Mockingjay-embalzoned pod, you wait for an announcer to begin the countdown. After a mad dash, you encounter all the challenges Katniss must face during the Games (including fire, tracker jackers, a fall into the river, and large dog-like creatures ) until, finally, you reach the end — and are crowned victor.