Avatar Land

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Avatar Land
Avatar Land concept.jpg
Concept art
Location Disney's Animal Kingdom
Status Under construction
Opening date 2017[1]
Theme Avatar
Attractions
Attractions 2 total
Water rides 1
Other rides 1

Avatar Land is a themed area currently being constructed at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida based upon the film franchise by James Cameron.[2] Construction began on January 10, 2014, with the land expected to open by early 2017.[3][1][4][5]

History[edit]

In Spring 2011, James Cameron was approached by The Walt Disney Company's chief executive officer, Bob Iger, regarding the possibility of Avatar-themed attractions in Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.[6] On September 17, 2011, a long-term, exclusivity deal was signed between Disney, James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.[6][7] This deal was officially announced to the public on September 20, 2011, on the Disney Parks Blog.[8] The highlight of the announcement was that Disney's Animal Kingdom would receive a new themed area dubbed Avatar Land.[2] The area is set to cost approximately $500 million.[6] Construction began in January of 2014,[3] with a planned opening date between 3 and 5 years later.[4][5] The deal could see Avatar attractions added to other Disney theme parks in the future, however, there are no immediate plans to do so.[9]

Design[edit]

Avatar Land is designed by Walt Disney Imagineering with Avatar producers James Cameron and Jon Landau also providing creative assistance.[7][10] The area will be an immersive world based upon the fictional exoplanetary moon, Pandora and will include Pandora's floating mountains and bioluminescent plants.[11] Avatar Land is expected to span several acres and will feature multiple rides and attractions, entertainment, audio-animatronics, 3-D holograms as well as retail, food and beverage outlets.[4][5][12] Although exact details of the attractions have not yet been announced or even devised,[13] James Cameron confirmed that a flying attraction featuring "3-D projections and creature designs that were cut from the original film" was a concept on the drawing board for the area.[6] Avatar Land will include elements from the original Avatar film as well as its three, yet-to-be-released sequels.[10]

Attractions[edit]

At the 2013 Japan D23 Expo, Disney revealed two major attractions.[1]

  • A flying E ticket simulator attraction, where guests will learn to fly with a mountain Banshee.
  • A boat ride attraction showcasing the native fauna and flora of Pandora. It may include small drops.

Location[edit]

Avatar Land is being built in the former location of Camp Minnie-Mickey,[14] which was originally earmarked for the Beastly Kingdom, a never-built themed land which would have been based around mythological creatures.[7][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Staggs, Tom. "First Look: AVATAR to Come to Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom". The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cody, Anthony (22 September 2011). "Disney to build Avatar attractions at its theme parks". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Thomas. "Construction Begins For AVATAR-Inspired Land At Disney’s Animal Kingdom". The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Staggs, Tom (20 September 2011). "Answering Your Questions About AVATAR at Disney Parks". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Associated Press (21 September 2011). "Disney to Build 'Avatar' Attraction in Theme Parks". Fox News. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Chmielewski, Dawn C.; Keegan, Rebecca (21 September 2011). "Disney to license rights to 'Avatar' for theme park attractions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Chmielewski, Dawn C.; MacDonald, Brady (20 September 2011). "Details emerge on Disney's plans to bring 'Avatar' to its parks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Smith, Thomas (20 September 2011). "AVATAR Coming To Disney Parks". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Australian Associated Press (22 September 2011). "Coming to Disney World: Avatar Land". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Weinstein, Joshua L. (21 September 2011). "James Cameron on 3D, "Titanic" and all things "Avatar"". Reuters. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Richwine, Lisa (21 September 2011). "Disney, Cameron to create theme-park "Avatar"". Reuters Canada. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Clark, Jayne (22 September 2011). "'Avatar' land is coming to Disney World". USA Today. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "'Avatar' attraction coming to Disney's theme parks". The Independent. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "What’s Next for Disney’s Animal Kingdom". The Walt Disney Company. Disney D23. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Associated Press (21 June 1995). "Disney Plans Wild Animal Kingdom in Florida". The Journal Record. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 

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