Found this posted on onering.net
A LOTR Ride at Universal Florida?
7/25/03, 10:27 am EST - Xoanon
Crial writes: I thought you and my fellow LotR fans would find this interesting. According to Screamscape: "...it seems the head of Universal Orlando was having an open Q&A lunch session with his staff a few weeks ago when he was asked if Universal had any plans to pursue either the Harry Potter franchise or Lord of the Rings for possible future park projects. Bob Gaults answer was that Disney has Harry Potter wrapped up and that Universal was instead checking into Lord of the Rings."