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12.27.2016
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If you told me that we would get an AVATAR theme park, based on James Cameron's 2009 film, before we got a sequel, I would've thought you were crazy. However, that's EXACTLY what's going to happen as Disney's Pandora: The World of Avatar will open in the summer of 2017. For those keeping track, that's a full year and a half before AVATAR 2 is scheduled to hit theaters. Regardless of how you feel about the movie, the world it created was pretty eye-catching and it looks like Disney imagineers have captured the essence of that world in the expansion opening at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The following video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the park and it's well worth your time!

I thought AVATAR was an exciting cinema experience, even if it was shallow on the story. I'm about as lukewarm as they come in regards to the sequels, but the park attraction looks REALLY cool. Universal Studios has been killing it with their faithful reproduction of the Harry Potter universe, so I'm excited to see what Disney can pull of with their "retaliatory response" in Pandora. At the very least, we know it's actually coming!

AVATAR 2 is now scheduled to open the December 21st of 2018.

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9:50PM on 12/27/2016

If i were in charge of Disney

I would not do Avatar land. as cool as it looks, its way too specific to a property not owned by Disney. Instead, i would do a dragon land like they originally planned back in the 90s. A lot of what they have planned would even work in a Dragon land, but with less black light.

Id also turn the former Camp Minnie-Mickey space into a South American Rainforrest area (literally next to their Rain Forrest Cafe) and turn Rafiki's planet watch into an Australian petting zoo of sorts, and Soarin'
I would not do Avatar land. as cool as it looks, its way too specific to a property not owned by Disney. Instead, i would do a dragon land like they originally planned back in the 90s. A lot of what they have planned would even work in a Dragon land, but with less black light.

Id also turn the former Camp Minnie-Mickey space into a South American Rainforrest area (literally next to their Rain Forrest Cafe) and turn Rafiki's planet watch into an Australian petting zoo of sorts, and Soarin' would go prefect there. But thats just me
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11:24AM on 12/28/2016
Universal did not own Marvel, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss properties, and that has nonetheless worked out well for them at Islands and Universal Studios. Plus with three more Avatar films set to release, kids are going to want to experience that world firsthand. I actually thought Avatar was a very natural fit for Animal Kingdom, and I wasn't even a big fan of the first film. Franchises play well in theme parks.
Universal did not own Marvel, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss properties, and that has nonetheless worked out well for them at Islands and Universal Studios. Plus with three more Avatar films set to release, kids are going to want to experience that world firsthand. I actually thought Avatar was a very natural fit for Animal Kingdom, and I wasn't even a big fan of the first film. Franchises play well in theme parks.
4:59PM on 12/28/2016
yeah but this is out of character for Disney, mostly. Sure they have Star Wars and Indiana Jones stuff before the Lucas Films purchase, but Lucasfilms helped set up Pixar and have a long standing complicated history with Disney. Avatar just seems out of nowhere and out of place. It also seems more like something at Hollywood Studio and not animal kingdom
yeah but this is out of character for Disney, mostly. Sure they have Star Wars and Indiana Jones stuff before the Lucas Films purchase, but Lucasfilms helped set up Pixar and have a long standing complicated history with Disney. Avatar just seems out of nowhere and out of place. It also seems more like something at Hollywood Studio and not animal kingdom
6:08PM on 12/28/2016
They also used to have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ace Ventura characters walk around Hollywood Studios. Not to mention Rocking Rollercoaster w Aerosmith.

Yes, Disney has plenty of IP so they never needed to really drift elsewhere for such a large attraction, but I'm sure if Cameron went around pitching his idea, Disney much rather prefer the franchise theme park rights land with them and not Universal like everything else.

Hollywood Studios would have certainly been an option but
They also used to have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ace Ventura characters walk around Hollywood Studios. Not to mention Rocking Rollercoaster w Aerosmith.

Yes, Disney has plenty of IP so they never needed to really drift elsewhere for such a large attraction, but I'm sure if Cameron went around pitching his idea, Disney much rather prefer the franchise theme park rights land with them and not Universal like everything else.

Hollywood Studios would have certainly been an option but maybe it would have been too much since they are building a Star Wars and Toy Story land.

Idk.. i just feel like Animal kingdom is a natural fit for Avatar.
8:33AM on 12/29/2016
ive been to disney more times than i can count, ive never seen Turtless or Ace Ventura walking around. Also, Aerosmith is different as that is a band, not a fictional character franchise (im sure theres some legal mumbo jumbo about how their label is Sony or Universal but thats not a very big glare)
ive been to disney more times than i can count, ive never seen Turtless or Ace Ventura walking around. Also, Aerosmith is different as that is a band, not a fictional character franchise (im sure theres some legal mumbo jumbo about how their label is Sony or Universal but thats not a very big glare)
2:34PM on 12/27/2016
Everybody remember the difference in quality from T1 to T2, when will people stop doubting this guy? He's going to make the most immersive movie to ever be played in a cinema, and A2, unlike A1, will be a rewatchable classic.
Everybody remember the difference in quality from T1 to T2, when will people stop doubting this guy? He's going to make the most immersive movie to ever be played in a cinema, and A2, unlike A1, will be a rewatchable classic.
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6:00PM on 12/27/2016
T1 was a great film. So was Alien. The guy made a couple great sequels to already great films. Avatar...doesn't deserve to get listed with those.
T1 was a great film. So was Alien. The guy made a couple great sequels to already great films. Avatar...doesn't deserve to get listed with those.
9:48PM on 12/27/2016
i hope youre right

i enjoyed Avatar, i dont think its a $2billion movie but i enjoyed it. I hope Avatar 2 lives up to the hype
i hope youre right

i enjoyed Avatar, i dont think its a $2billion movie but i enjoyed it. I hope Avatar 2 lives up to the hype
12:00PM on 12/27/2016

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE AND MORE AVATAR

CAN'T WAIT GIVE ME MORE AVATARRRRRR
CAN'T WAIT GIVE ME MORE AVATARRRRRR
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