With an Avatar themed land coming to Disney World in 2013, the Na’Vi invasion of Earth has begun! Disney made a deal with James Cameron to create attractions based on Avatar, the first of which will begin construction by 2013 in Orlando. If all goes as planned, there should be Avatar rides and attractions in place well before the Christmas 2014 release of Avatar 2. I just hope we get to ride one of those giant bird creature things!
â€œJames Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,â€ said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. â€œWith this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine Jamesâ€™ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney.â€
â€œAvatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new Avatar films currently in development, we’ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,â€ said James Cameron. â€œI’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our AVATAR universe to life. 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.”
“This exciting new venture combines the world of Avatar with the enormous reach of Disney and the incomparable talent of Jim Cameron,â€ said Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. â€œWhile Jim is bringing audiences further into Pandora with the next two chapters in the Avatar motion picture saga, the theme park attraction will likewise bring a new dimension to the amazing universe he created.”
“Avatar is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. Its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures, and strong themes of family and loyalty make it a perfect fit for Disney,â€ said Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. â€œWe canâ€™t wait to give our guests the ability to journey to Pandora and explore the incredible immersive world of Avatar in person.â€
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