Avatar Themed Land coming to Animal
The Avatar Boat ride coming in 2017 to
Disney's Animal Kingdom
10-14-2013 First glimpse of model of the new
09-20-2011 - announcement and plans of a new
Avatar themed land starting 2013, with completion in
09-26-2011 - 12 acres will be added to
09-26-2011 - est 400 million dollar project
James Cameron teams up with Disney to
build $400m Avatar theme park
Last updated at 2:26 PM on 26th September
Fans of the blockbuster film Avatar would
jump at the chance to be able to visit James Cameron's fictional world, but
while that may not be possible, the next best thing has just been announced - an
Avatar-themed amusement park.
The new attraction,
which will be built at Walt Disney World in Florida within the existing Animal
Kingdom area, is expected to begin construction in 2013 and will cost an
Mr Cameron, who directed the hit 3-D film,
will help to create the park, which he said would 'go beyond current boundaries
of technical innovation and experiential storytelling'.
Bringing the film to
life: The theme park will create a replica of the fictional planet of Pandora,
which will enable visitors to walk through rainforests and 'experience the
Mr Cameron said he plans to create a replica
of Pandora, the fictional planet featured in the film, which will enable
visitors to walk through rainforests and 'experience the oceans'.
Animatronics and 3-D and holographic
technology will be used to bring the lush planet of Pandora to life.
'The scenes that people liked best were not
the obvious things like the big battle scenes,' Mr Cameron said. 'It was the
creatures, it was learning to fly, it was being in the forest at night.
'So here's an opportunity...to bring this
world to life and get you to wander in it and see things you didn't see in
either in the first film or the subsequent two.'
Blue sky thinking:
Avatar director James Cameron discusses plans for the construction of an
Avatar-themed land at a news conference in California
The park will include
rides, shops and restaurants and will allow visitors to explore locations,
characters and stories that have not yet appeared on screen.
Mr Cameron is working on the production of
two more Avatar films and the new theme park is also expected to feature
creatures that film goers won't see until the second and third movies are
released in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
'Our goal is to go
beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling,
and give park-goers the chance to see, hear and touch the world of 'Avatar' with
an unprecedented sense of reality,' Mr Cameron added.
Cameron said the Avatar them park would 'go beyond current boundaries of
technical innovation and experiential storytelling'
Disney is hoping to cash in on the
highest-grossing movie which broke box-office records when it was released in
2008, generating $2bn in global box office receipts and triggering a boom in 3D
'Avatar is one of the
more memorable films of our time,' said Bob Iger, Disney chief executive. 'James
Cameron was able to imagine a world that was very real. Walt Disney himself was
obsessed with turning what was imagined or fantasy into experiences at our parks
that were actually real.'
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
Got questions about the announcement? If so,
Tom Staggs will be answering them in a special Q&A blog post later today. Just
submit your name, city where you’re from and your question to
then check the
Blog later to see some of the answers.
(really no answers from them at all)
posted on September 20th, 2011 by
Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and
I’d like to thank all of the
Parks Blog followers who left comments or sent in questions
AVATAR announcement today. We got a lot of
great questions and while I won’t be able to answer all of them, I’ll do my
best to get to as many as possible.
We got quite a few questions about the
timing of our first AVATAR experience at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including this one
from Adam, “Any idea when the experience will be open to guests?”
We’ve just begun the design phase on our
Animal Kingdom project and we expect to begin construction in 2013. From start
to finish, a project of this size and scope takes about 5 years to design and
build. We can’t give you an exact date but we know that when it’s complete,
it’s going to be a truly unforgettable experience.
2) IS THIS A PARK
EXPANSION OR WILL “LAND” REPLACE SOMETHING?
Several of you asked a similar
question, including Doug from Utah – “Will it replace any existing attractions
in Animal Kingdom, or will it be built in a new parcel of land within the
Well, Doug, we’re just beginning the Blue
Sky process so I don’t have much to share about how we are going to execute
our vision for our first AVATAR land but we’re focused on this being an
important addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I look forward to sharing more
details as our plans progress.
Jenna from Winnetka, Ill., asks, “What
types of attractions will be in AVATAR land?”
This was hands-down one of the most
popular questions we got and understandably so. While we’re still in the very
early stages of design and planning, we expect this land to be anchored by
multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and
other immersive elements. Our AVATAR lands will give guests the chance to see,
hear and touch the world of Pandora and we can’t wait to dive in with James
Cameron and his team as we create new experiences that will delight and thrill
4) FILM IS PG-13, HOW
DOES THIS MATCH W/FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARK?
Some of you, including Logan in
Carnesville, Ga., asked about whether AVATAR was a good fit for a
family-friendly brand like Disney.
Thanks, Logan, I appreciate your candor in
asking this question. At its core, AVATAR is a film that embraces strong,
positive themes of family, loyalty, living in harmony with nature and belief
in oneself – all values that we share at The Walt Disney Company. You can be
sure that these are the same themes that we will explore throughout our AVATAR
lands. They will be places where friends and families can spend time together
getting lost in a fantasy world, one of the true hallmarks of any Disney theme
park experience. And with two sequels in the works, we feel this is a creative
property whose potential is limitless.
5) AVATAR AT OTHER
We got several questions about whether
there will be AVATAR experiences in parks/sites other than Disney’s Animal
Kingdom. Kyle from Ontario asks, “Are there plans to add Avatar attractions at
any other Disney parks?”
Well, Kyle, the only land we are
announcing today is at
Walt Disney World Resort
but AVATAR is a possibility at any of our other locations. The first
film AVATAR is a franchise with massive global appeal and its success at the
box office both inside and outside of the U.S. – I should also note that as we
determine our future locations, we look forward to working with our
international theme park partners as our plans evolve.
6) ATTRACTION THEMING
Many of you, including Justin from
Orlando, want to know, “How does AVATAR fit in with the Disney theme?” and
more specifically, how does it fit in with the Animal Kingdom?
As I mentioned in a previous answer,
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’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect
place for our first AVATAR land because at its core, the park gives guests the
opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical
– in whole new ways. With AVATAR, we’ve found the perfect opportunity to let
our guests explore one of the most compelling mythical worlds ever conceived.
Animal Kingdom also celebrates adventure, living in harmony with nature and
environmental stewardship – themes that are deeply rooted in the story of
7) WHY BUY SOMEONE
ELSE’S IDEA INSTEAD OF LETTING WDI COME UP WITH SOMETHING?
Some of you asked why we would choose to
collaborate with an outside partner rather than use our own Disney characters
and stories to expand the parks. We are as committed as ever to creating
attractions and entertainment around favorite Disney characters and stories –
Cars Land at
Disney California Adventure park and our
Magic Kingdom Park being two great examples.
At the same time, we like to look beyond our own walls at non-Disney
properties, like STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES, creating some of our
most popular attractions. At the end of the day, we are focused on creating a
great experience for our guests and I truly believe that this unique
partnership with James Cameron and AVATAR gives us an entire world of
imaginative creatures, fascinating locations and intriguing characters with
which to do that.
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