We all wish we could have gone to school at Hogwarts, had an adventure in Wonderland or got up close and personal with dinosaurs at Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, the barriers of fiction prevent us from doing so.
However, in the wake of the new Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hitting theatres, Google searches for ‘Flights to Wakanda’, the film’s titular and fictional nation, have increased by over 1000 searches.
Wishful thinking, or have people been genuinely fooled into believing Wakanda is a real place? Either way, the team at Betway have revealed the search terms for other iconic fictional places that people are seeking flights to, as part of their new study to find the most successful film franchise.
So, which fictional place can truly be considered the people’s fantasy holiday destination.
Hogwarts (Harry Potter) – 2.8k searches
Taking the top spot for the most desired fictional holiday destination is Harry Potter’s very own school of witchcraft and wizardry – Hogwarts. With 2.8k searches, it seems that many yearn for an education in magic.
Sadly, many will end up disappointed when they realise that not only does Hogwarts not have an airport, it’s also a fictional school created for J.K. Rowling’s books.
Unless we’re all muggles ignorant to the world of magic? Who knows.
Wonderland (Alice In Wonderland) – 2.1k searches
Next on the list is Wonderland, the fictional world down the rabbit-hole in Lewis Carrol’s novel Alice In Wonderland. With 2.1k searches, people clearly have a desire for a mystical adventure in Wonderland.
Those who have tried to find The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit and The Queen of Hearts down a rabbit hole might have been unsuccessful and checked for flights as a last resort. It’s a shame to have to break it to them that Wonderland is indeed fictional.
South Park (South Park) – 2k searches
Although South Park is canonically based in the US state of Colorado, with characters that reflect the darkest parts of our society, the fact the show is a cartoon might be one giveaway that the town is fictional.
With 2k searches, it seems South Park’s reality is convincing enough to fool people into searching for flights to the snowy Colorado town, but those hoping to go hang out with Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny will be disappointed.
The Emerald City (The Wizard Of Oz) – 1.8k searches
Next up is the Emerald City from the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Those hoping to follow the yellow-brick flight path to find the Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion will instead be met by the wicked witch of fiction.
With 1.8k searches, there are some who clearly have a great desire to go and see the wonderful Wizard of Oz, but they’re going to be very disappointed to learn the entire thing is a work of fiction.
Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park) – 1.7k searches
Everyone wanted to get up close and personal with dinosaurs as a child, but we soon learned that they’ve been extinct for millions of years. With 1.7k searches for flights, we might have to break it to a few people that dinosaurs are, in fact, extinct.
Considering the chaos that ensues in Jurassic Park, it’s surprising to learn that some have a desire to get chased by a giant T-Rex and vicious velociraptors. Maybe they just want to hang out with Jeff Goldblum instead?
Gotham City (Batman) – 1.6k searches
Despite Gotham City being entirely fictional, who would actually want to visit this crime-riddled City? When a city needs a masked vigilante to fight supervillains every night of the year, it’s probably a sign that it’s not the best place for a relaxing city break.
With 1.6k searches, it seems a handful of people fancy their chances against the Joker and Co. in this comic book world. Either way, people hoping to drive around Gotham in the Batmobile won’t find what they’re looking for.
Pandora (Avatar) – 1.4k searches
In 7th place is Pandora, the stunning fictional world from James Cameron’s 2009 movie Avatar. With the anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of the Water releasing in December, the 1.4k search for flights is bound to increase in the coming weeks.
When the stunning fictional world of Pandora caused jaws to drop when the film was released in 2009, some fans had to face the disappointment of learning that the alien planet was fictional. However, watching the film in 3D is probably the best substitute.
Metropolis (Superman) – 1k searches
Lastly, we have the city of Metropolis, the home of the laser-eyed flying alien Superman. Whilst you might feel safe living in a city protected by an alien hero with super-strength, Metropolis has seen its share of damage from Supervillains over the course of the franchise.
With 1k searches, there are still a handful of people who desire Superman’s protection in their city. However, the fact that Superman and his city is entirely fictional will make 1k people will be disappointed when they can’t find their flights.