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02.27.2015

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When James Cameron brought AVATAR to cinemas, it changed the game on live-action/CG integration and the use of 3D, for better and for worse. I don't think anyone would argue that the story was the weakest aspect but like it or not, a trio of sequels are still on their way. While we won't see AVATAR 2 until December 25 of 2017, the Avatar-themed area in Disney's Animal Kingdom opens earlier the same year. It's hard to argue with the sights of AVATAR and if you're wondering if Disney will be able to pull that off in theme park fashion, I think this short video will answer that question.

I enjoyed the movie for what it was, and truth be told, I'm probably more excited to check out this theme park than I am any sequels. James Cameron knows his tech stuff and I'm sure if there's something he doesn't sign off on, the Disney Imagineers will work on it until he does. Themed areas took a HUGE leap forward when Universal Orlando opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (especially with Diagon Alley), so I'm hoping Disney can up the ante with their Avatar area.

Pandora is expected to open at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom in early 2017.

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8:54AM on 03/02/2015
If Cameron is only interested in making 'Avatar' sequels for the foreseeable future, then I hope he wastes even more time with this 'Avatar' theme park bollocks.
If Cameron is only interested in making 'Avatar' sequels for the foreseeable future, then I hope he wastes even more time with this 'Avatar' theme park bollocks.
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9:05AM on 03/01/2015
Guess I'm alone with my thumbs up.
Guess I'm alone with my thumbs up.
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11:20PM on 02/27/2015
There's no denying that James Cameron is a talented film maker. But he's putting way too much effort into a franchise that there's no demand for. To have only one feature film directed by Cameron come out in the last 18 years is a travesty. I would love to see some new material come from him rather than Avatar.
There's no denying that James Cameron is a talented film maker. But he's putting way too much effort into a franchise that there's no demand for. To have only one feature film directed by Cameron come out in the last 18 years is a travesty. I would love to see some new material come from him rather than Avatar.
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5:41PM on 02/27/2015

Jeezuz, really!?

Who honestly cares about Avatar? It was a flash in the pan. Good 3D, decent story we've seen before, but to pretend it was anything other than a brief, visual escape is ridiculous. Cameron is dead set on making this his Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, and it just doesn't have the substance for that.
Who honestly cares about Avatar? It was a flash in the pan. Good 3D, decent story we've seen before, but to pretend it was anything other than a brief, visual escape is ridiculous. Cameron is dead set on making this his Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, and it just doesn't have the substance for that.
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3:20PM on 02/27/2015
Just so you guys know, Disney already has Star Wars and Indiana Jones stuff at their parks, long before Disney bought Lucas Films. Star Tours opened in DL in 1987 and DW in 1989. An Indiana Jones ride open in DL in 1995 and an Indiana Jones Stunt Show opened in DW in 1989. As for MARVEL, they got their own section of Universal Studios in 1999.

It makes perfect sense for an Avatar theme park, the world is ripe for technological achievements and there is a strong audience for it. Remember
Just so you guys know, Disney already has Star Wars and Indiana Jones stuff at their parks, long before Disney bought Lucas Films. Star Tours opened in DL in 1987 and DW in 1989. An Indiana Jones ride open in DL in 1995 and an Indiana Jones Stunt Show opened in DW in 1989. As for MARVEL, they got their own section of Universal Studios in 1999.

It makes perfect sense for an Avatar theme park, the world is ripe for technological achievements and there is a strong audience for it. Remember Frozen is the 4th highest grossing film in the world, how many of you know die hard Frozen fans who arent 10 years old? This is just a section of a much larger park. When you pay to go to Animal Kingdom, you pay for the safari, dinosaur land, asia expedition, and now Pandora.

the problem for me is that Avatar isn't disney, not when they have so many other real Disney attractions that could go there (see my post below)
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3:11PM on 02/27/2015

This could work...

if it was a ride combined with Oculus Rift/Magic Leap/Hololens (i.e. appeared to be a vast worldscape). I think the scope of a traditional theme park ride would be too small, and that is the only appealing aspect of Avatar.
if it was a ride combined with Oculus Rift/Magic Leap/Hololens (i.e. appeared to be a vast worldscape). I think the scope of a traditional theme park ride would be too small, and that is the only appealing aspect of Avatar.
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3:01PM on 02/27/2015
"Alright gentleman, we have all this extra space at Animal Kingdom to do what every we want with, any ideas?"

-"how about a north american wilderness, the homeland, buffalo and grizzly bears"
-"how about amazon rain forest, the fragile beauty with tropical birds and jaguars"
-"how about Australia, the most unique wildlife with kangaroos and koalas"
-"how about mythic land, market our movies with an area dedicated with dragons and mermaids"

---"no, no, no, you're all wrong, we should
"Alright gentleman, we have all this extra space at Animal Kingdom to do what every we want with, any ideas?"

-"how about a north american wilderness, the homeland, buffalo and grizzly bears"
-"how about amazon rain forest, the fragile beauty with tropical birds and jaguars"
-"how about Australia, the most unique wildlife with kangaroos and koalas"
-"how about mythic land, market our movies with an area dedicated with dragons and mermaids"

---"no, no, no, you're all wrong, we should do Avatar, promote a single realm of reality that we dont even own. Genius!"




i get the appeal and the technical achievement, but this really clashes with everything else at Disney. And for something that they dont even own
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2:52PM on 02/27/2015

Here are the fans....

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Watch this video and you will find the ones looking forward to this. Don't forget too that Avatar was a massive overseas success. I think the movie will do just fine. Avatae fans will re-emeege when Cameron tells them too.
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Watch this video and you will find the ones looking forward to this. Don't forget too that Avatar was a massive overseas success. I think the movie will do just fine. Avatae fans will re-emeege when Cameron tells them too.
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2:52PM on 02/27/2015

here we go...

I guess I'll be the first one to state that what is being shown so far for this park looks visually stunning compared to actual Disney theme parks. the sidewalks that glow and leave a shiny imprint when you walk on it. the "floating" rocks etc etc. I'm no huge Avatar fan but I can appreciate art, and I know Disney will do justice for this park. I can only see admission prices going up again if this becomes a hit just to keep the crowds down.
I guess I'll be the first one to state that what is being shown so far for this park looks visually stunning compared to actual Disney theme parks. the sidewalks that glow and leave a shiny imprint when you walk on it. the "floating" rocks etc etc. I'm no huge Avatar fan but I can appreciate art, and I know Disney will do justice for this park. I can only see admission prices going up again if this becomes a hit just to keep the crowds down.
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2:38PM on 02/27/2015
This movie just didn't strike a cord with me. It was a visual wonder, but nothing compared to Aliens or Terminator. Don't get the theme park idea on this one. I couldn't even tell you the name of the hero in that flick. It was that forgetful.
This movie just didn't strike a cord with me. It was a visual wonder, but nothing compared to Aliens or Terminator. Don't get the theme park idea on this one. I couldn't even tell you the name of the hero in that flick. It was that forgetful.
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1:18PM on 02/27/2015
What a crock of shit. One movie, one overrated movie at that, and the movie gets a theme park treatment. How many years did it take for Star Wars? Marvel?
What a crock of shit. One movie, one overrated movie at that, and the movie gets a theme park treatment. How many years did it take for Star Wars? Marvel?
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3:07PM on 02/27/2015
Disney set up a Star Wars ride 10 years after the original movie came out. "Star Tours" opened in 1987.
Marvel got their own section of Universal Studios in 1999, a full year before Xmen started the superhero movie mega-wave.

Avatarland will open 8 years after the movie came out, That being said, im against this as much as you are, just for different reasons
Disney set up a Star Wars ride 10 years after the original movie came out. "Star Tours" opened in 1987.
Marvel got their own section of Universal Studios in 1999, a full year before Xmen started the superhero movie mega-wave.

Avatarland will open 8 years after the movie came out, That being said, im against this as much as you are, just for different reasons
4:11PM on 02/27/2015
I was thinking Marvel in general not just Marvel movies
I was thinking Marvel in general not just Marvel movies
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12:36PM on 02/27/2015

I know it made a fortune...

and i do think a theme park would be cool, but i can't help but feel like Avatar as a series is gonna crash and burn. I don't know how many people are still really anticipated it's future endeavors and it seems Cameron believes people still love it.
and i do think a theme park would be cool, but i can't help but feel like Avatar as a series is gonna crash and burn. I don't know how many people are still really anticipated it's future endeavors and it seems Cameron believes people still love it.
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12:33PM on 02/27/2015
"I don't think anyone would argue that the story was the weakest aspect..." Really? I think most people argue that the story was in fact the weakest part of the movie. Cameron is notorious for putting effects before story in his films (at least since his days of Terminator and Aliens).

Avatar is frankly the worst movie of Cameron's career. Sure the effects are great, but without a story to go along side it then it's nothing more than a promotional video for 3D cameras and mo-cap
"I don't think anyone would argue that the story was the weakest aspect..." Really? I think most people argue that the story was in fact the weakest part of the movie. Cameron is notorious for putting effects before story in his films (at least since his days of Terminator and Aliens).

Avatar is frankly the worst movie of Cameron's career. Sure the effects are great, but without a story to go along side it then it's nothing more than a promotional video for 3D cameras and mo-cap technology. And I would strongly argue that the movie changed the face of filmmaking technology. Less and less movies are using 3D because it was a fad that has now passed. I know more movies are using mo-cap technology, but Avatar did not create nor advance that technology itself, so I wouldn't attribute it's prevailing use to Avatar.

Let's face it, Avatar was a sci-fi movie that tried to do thing differently. Whether it worked or not is always going to be up for debate. But now 6 years after it's release, I'm not sure anyone really cares that much about it. And I definitely don't think anyone will care at all in 2 more years (8 since it's release) that people will be scrambling to see it's follow up.

The park at Disneyland might be cool when complete and will make for a great theme park attraction. But I think people will eventually get bored with it much like they have the movies. And when Disney starts integrating more Star Wars and Marvel attractions to it's theme parks, rest assured Avatar will be forgotten about.
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12:16PM on 02/27/2015

LOL.....

I don't know a single person who has said they are interested in the Avatar franchise. It will be the single funniest thing in Hollywood history if Cameron crashes and burns with the very first one, and they know they still have to release the other 2 so we can watch the train wreck in real time.

Even if the park isn't wildly popular, it's at Disney so it will succeed by default. There are so many people traipsing through there every day that every area of the park is busy, and even bad
I don't know a single person who has said they are interested in the Avatar franchise. It will be the single funniest thing in Hollywood history if Cameron crashes and burns with the very first one, and they know they still have to release the other 2 so we can watch the train wreck in real time.

Even if the park isn't wildly popular, it's at Disney so it will succeed by default. There are so many people traipsing through there every day that every area of the park is busy, and even bad attractions work because the lines at the good ones are so long already.

Personally, that video looked really boring. Pretty and should hold the interest of your average child for about 20 seconds before they want to go to the cool areas of the park.
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12:36PM on 02/27/2015
I have never met anyone that is a "die hard" Avatar fan either. So I can't see too many people being excited about this attraction at Disney. And when Disney finally starts integrating Star Wars, Marvel, and Indiana Jones attractions into it's theme parks, who the hell is going to want to go to the Avatar attraction?
I have never met anyone that is a "die hard" Avatar fan either. So I can't see too many people being excited about this attraction at Disney. And when Disney finally starts integrating Star Wars, Marvel, and Indiana Jones attractions into it's theme parks, who the hell is going to want to go to the Avatar attraction?
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