The Disney Parks blog announced that in this new land, “guests will experience the wonders of Pandora when they fly with banshees and explore a rich natural environment with mountains that float and interactive plants that glow at night.”
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom is already home to some of our guests’ favorite attractions,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With AVATAR, we are adding a spectacular new world and an exciting set of attractions unlike any our guests have experienced. The expansion now under way will make the park a true full-day, must-see experience.”
The pre-production of the new land has taken imagineers about two years, and now they are finally starting to build the project which won’t be completed until 2017.
You might wonder why Disney would base a land on a non-Disney entertainment brand. Tom Staggs said, “AVATAR is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. With its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures and strong themes of family and loyalty, it’s a great fit for the Disney brand and our parks.”
Disney is no stranger to adapting non-Disney brands in their parks, before they acquired LucasFilms, they created the Star Tours and Indiana Jones’ Temple of the Forbidden Eye
And there is another non-intentional tie-in. One of the production designers of AVATAR, who helped give the film it’s lush look, is none other than Robert Stromberg, who not only won an Oscar for AVATAR but won one for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, as well as doing the art direction for the gorgeous Oz the Great and Powerful. He is now completing Disney’s Maleificent, his directorial debut.
What do you think of a AVATAR land at Walt Disney World?
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