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Will there even be Avatar?

Walt Disney World: After all this fussing, is Avatar really a big joke invented by Disney? Not the movie, the land.

From Tyler Harris
Posted August 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Sure everyone is hyped about Avatar Land at Disneys Animal Kingdom. but after months without any press announcements or any construction updates, was this all really one big joke? Or is something big coming on?

If anyone went to Disneycon 2013, you can post what you know about this here.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Jay R.
Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Three sequels are now planned, so assuming the film franchise kicks into high gear, I think we can still expect to see something.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted August 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM
So what if they're making film sequels. They could all suck and won't be nearly as profitable as the first Avatar.

From N B
Posted August 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Disney could put in just about anything and people will flock to it. If Avatar turns into Soarin 2.0, I will be extremely disappointed. I want to see them take it over the top and force Universal to raise the stakes (again).

From Jay R.
Posted August 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Andrew, that could all be true.

I'm simply going on the fact that because Disney initially stated they were going to build a land (based on the success / reception of a single film), that the announcement of additional sequels lends itself to the fact that the Avatar franchise will continue for some time, therefore I can't see Disney abandoning this franchise.

The first film is the most successful film of all time, & no one is expecting any of the films to match the original film in terms of box office.

Cameron said the next film would explore the oceans of Pandora......so there's alot of potential "attractions" to develop.

From TH Creative
Posted August 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Here's what I know ... and these are facts.

FACT: The Lion King theater is being moved. A general contractor has been selected. Drawings have been circulated to subcontractors. That work will commence in the next couple of months.

FACT: A general contractor has been selected to build Avatar. If a GC has been selected, that means drawings have been circulated and the job has been bid.

Here's a rumor (and it is ONLY a rumor) that I have heard (brace yourself) ... Avatar has been shelved in favor of Ewoks.

From Tyler Harris
Posted August 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM
Ewoks? You mean those creatures that were seen only once in the films for 30 minutes. Yeah right TH.
I didn't even know if sequls were being produced or not.
I have also heard about a Smurf Villiage over Avatar. No, just no.

From TH Creative
Posted August 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM
Hey, I've heard someone affiliated with Disney tell me there is a rumor about Ewoks replacing Avatar.

Just reporting the chatter.

From Phil B.
Posted August 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM
As much as I absolutely LOVE Star Wars, and I would like to walk around an Ewok village high in the tree tops, I'm not the biggest fan of the furry little guys. Besides, Avatar as a Sci/Fi / Fantasy film fits in more with the sense of "being one with the land" and "living in harmony with nature" theme that Animal Kingdom promotes.

From Oscar Marquez
Posted August 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM
Avatar would be great for Disney's Key to Success, along with Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.

and Ted the teddy bear (from Seth MacFarlane's film) will pee on you, Tyler Harris. Just Kidding.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted August 5, 2013 at 2:19 AM
I have never for a second believed this would actually happen.
They should go to the drawing board with the 'Avatar' budget and these 2 words:
Beastly Kingdom.

From Duncan Henny
Posted August 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM
There's going to be a big Avatarland update or announcement at D23

From James Rao
Posted August 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I will take Avatar over Ewoks any day of the year. TH, I am hoping against hope that your sources are wrong and this chatter is just a ploy to get Cameron to be a bit more "agreeable".

In fact, my fingers are still crossed that Disney will see beyond the small, but vocal group of anti-Avatar nay sayers and proceed with this expansion. I can only imagine the amazing things Cameron and WDI will bring to the table if given enough time and money.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted August 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Disney should call this new land "Pandora" and not "Avatar".

From James Rao
Posted August 6, 2013 at 6:02 AM
It will probably be called "James Cameron's World of Avatar" or something like that, don't you think? But I agree, I like Pandora better than Avatar for a name.

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