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    Posted on September 20, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

    We have great news to share today. At a press conference happening right now at Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Iger and Tom Staggs just announced a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Disney Parks. And it’ll all begin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

    James and his producing partner Jon Landau and their team at Lightstorm Entertainment will serve as creative consultants on the project and will work side-by-side with our Walt Disney Imagineers as we dream up experiences that will take our guests deep into worlds of AVATAR like never before. There are also two sequels to the record setting first film in the works, which will offer more fascinating stories, characters and locations to explore in the AVATAR universe. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is planned as the site of the first AVATAR-themed land with construction expected to begin by 2013.

    We believe Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great fit for this project because it was created to give guests the opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical – in new ways. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also celebrates adventure, living in harmony with nature and environmental stewardship – themes that are deeply rooted in the story of AVATAR.
    The design phase on the Disney’s Animal Kingdom project has just begun so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details.


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    Ok, my first reaction to this was, "Huh? AVATAR????" I went on to read that this is going to be an entirely new land in AK park, which made me do a double take, to be quite frank. And again, "AVATAR?"

    I'll begin by saying that I haven't even seen the movie, so maybe I'm making a snap judgment, but this is the LAST theme I'd expect to see go in as an entire land in Animal Kingdom. Maybe I'm way off base, so perhaps I should see the movie.
    On the other hand, it's about time that they expand AK! If they can do it well, it will at least make that park more interesting, IMO, and add more to do there.

    Still, though, it seems like there are about 100 different (better) ideas for a new land in a park than Avatar...
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    I happened to be over at

    http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

    a few minutes ago and it said that at a press meeting hapening "right now" James Cameron has signed on with Disney to create the world of Avatar at AK and WDW with 2013 as a begin date for construction.

    Interesting....
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    It's a photo finish - who got this up first?
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    September 20, 2011, 1:08 pm
    Disney to Add ‘Avatar’ to Theme Park
    By BROOKS BARNES
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    Robert A. Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, plans to announce on Tuesday morning that Disney has licensed the rights to the hit movie “Avatar” from 20th Century Fox for a theme park experience, according to two people briefed on the plan.

    The “Avatar” experience – plans call for more than a single ride – will be built at Animal Kingdom, the newest of the four major theme parks that make up Disney World in Orlando, Fla., according to these people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Disney did not authorize them to speak publicly.

    James Cameron, the director of that science-fiction film, will collaborate with Disney on the attraction. “Avatar” sold $2.8 billion at the global box office and two sequels are in the works.

    A Disney spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.

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    Disney Plans ‘Avatar’ Theme Park Attractions

    By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
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    Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 10:22am PDT

    Disney has licensed the rights from Fox, and the movie’s director, James Cameron, will help to develop the attractions, CEO Bob Iger says. The first will be at Animal Kingdom in Orlando. The goal, he says, is to enable visitors to “enter the Avatar universe and explore it first hand.” Cameron adds that “to bring that to life at Animal Kingdom is fantastic because it’s so thematically aligned….We want to do things that maybe they haven’t even thought of.”

    Tom Staggs, who runs Disney’s theme parks, says the company is “just beginning the development phase” for a complex that will begin construction in 2013 and include Avatar-themed shops and food destinations to “bring that world to life.” Although he wouldn’t say how much the company has budgeted, he compared the scope to the 12-acre Cars Land site at Disney California Adventure Park.
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    So it appears that Disney is out of their own ideas.

    Or is it just that Cameron and FOX gave them such a great deal that they couldn't resist?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scar View Post
    So it appears that Disney is out of their own ideas.
    More like "out of money".

    Ugh. The more I think about this, the worse it sounds. Can we think of a more UN family friendly movie? This is just so wrong...

    Man, you'd think Disney had NO movies that made use of the theme of nature/animals/conservation.

    Major FAIL Disney...
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    This doesn't make any sense to me. I guess this will be one section of AK that I never set foot in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diznee4Me View Post
    It's a photo finish - who got this up first?
    Uh, tie?

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    Yeah, this just seems really weird to me. I won't knock it completely until I see it, but I'm not seeing the Avatar and Disney connection, let alone an Avatar and AK connection. Weird.
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    People are going to go ballistic.
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    I know Avatar was a big movie but I didn't like it at all.
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    The script for "Avatar" is almost exactly like "Pocahontas", so that's a connection. I didn't care for "Avatar". The visuals are stunning, but it was really heavy handed with it's environmental agenda.
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    Dislike!

    I read it and thought it was some kind of time-delay April Fools Joke.
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    I was also not into this movie...and I don't like this. Movies like this come in and out of fashion so to speak. In 20 years it will just be an outdated park area.
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    Sounds like Harry Potter Land Part Deux... Avatar was pleasing to the eye, but I really can't imagine a whole land in a park. What's wrong with Beastly Kingdom? Oh, no sponsor... I forgot...

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    Trying to process this. Just got home from work and heard this 10 minutes ago. The more I think about it, the more I hate the idea. Just awful!

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    Wow ... and I thought Disney had bottomed out with Chester and Hester ....
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    Wow ... and I thought Disney had bottomed out with Chester and Hester ....
    LOL nope.
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    I'm trying to stay positive. I loved the message of Avatar, and I don't think anything could make AK WORSE in my eyes, so bring it on! I'm excited to at least see some new touches to my least favorite park...
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    Ok, this is so bad it HAS to be a joke. Avatar? Really? I could only watch bits and pieces of it before I decided it wasn't worth my time. It is COMPLETELY not Disney. What a waste of time, money and effort this will be. I guess I'm done with AK completely....
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