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In this week's poll, we ask if you think there is still scope for a Universal Studios theme park to be built in Western Europe?

With news this week that Universal is opening a version of the hugely popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan, it's clear that the company is still focused on expanding and developing. Universal Studios Singapore opened as recently as 2010, plans are in the works for an indoor theme park in Russia, and Potter-themed expansions are on the way at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida.

But is Universal missing a trick in Western Europe? There's no doubt that there is a massive theme park market in the region, but the company has consistently overlooked it as a source of revenue growth in recent years - even going so far as to exit its Port Aventura joint venture in 2004. Granted, there's already significant competition from other parks (including Disneyland Paris), but Universal has proven that its brand is big enough to effectively compete with anyone.

Is the weather to blame? This is one aspect which may have detered Universal's bosses from re-entering the European market, but Disneyland Paris has proven that year-round operation is possible, even in drizzly Paris.

Could it be a fear that a European Universal Studios would negatively hit attendance at the Universal Orlando Resort? Certainly, travelling a short distance across Europe may prove more appealing to the hordes of tourists that jet across the Atlantic to Florida each year, but Disney has effectively maintained interest in both its Paris and Florida resorts.

And now, of course, there's the seemingly neverending series of financial problems that threaten to drag Western Europe's economies even deeper into economic hardship. Has any hope for European theme park fans of seeing a Universal theme park gone for good, dooming them to cast envious glances at fast-growing nations in Asia and South America instead?

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So, will there ever be a Universal Studios park in Western Europe? Let us know what you think by voting in our poll below.

Will there ever be a Universal Studios theme park in Western Europe?

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Why not build an covered Universal a Theme Park (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) at least in Scotland. If it were build up near Inverness you would have the convenience of a nearby airport the beauty of the Scottish scenery and of course the near original setting of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It would be accessible to all of Europe and not be so expensive as having to travel to the USA. Lots of children are missing out on this amazing experience because of the ‘extortionate’ cost of travel. It would also be a boost to the economy and jobs!

In reply to by Coral McLaughlin (not verified)

This idea sounds great, I would definitely love to take our kids there. I like what you are also saying about the location being near the original setting. It has my vote! Thanks for your comment and for reading TPT.

Universal Orlando is my favourite theme park and I hope to god it would open in Europe. Why not try Portugal for the good weather, I don't believe they have any parks that could compare and it would be a welcome boost to there economy plus the people there are good with tourists. No where in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland has a park anywhere near as good as universal, to try and get ok weather go as far south as possible, around cork maybe.

I hope so, but I don't think it's gonna happen. There are already a lot of theme parks in (western)Europe. Like Disneyland Resort Paris, Europa-park and the Efteling and their are not really far from each other. With Germany having 23 theme parks, France 25 and the Netherlands 15.

I would love for universal to come to Europe. Have been to Orlando 3-times now (well 3rd time will be next week!!) and also been to Disneyland Paris.

The major UK parks of Alton Towers and Thorpe Park are doing extremely well, but Disneyland Paris is not... The reasons being it is too small, is horrible and dirty and in Paris... (The staff are also arrogant which I am sure Walt would be ashamed of)

Universal Spain or Italy would ensure the weather, or maybe go for Greece and sort out their economy!! Again like has been said before - it has to be cost effective for the customer...

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