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Avatarland will leave the other parks in the dust

Walt Disney World: What about the other parks that need so much more help?

From Joey I
Posted September 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM
Being really annoyed with avatarland got me thinking, "What about the other parks that need so much more help?" DHS is desperate for something new, Future World is depressing, so why are they still giving the green light for avatar land?!


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From Cory R
Posted September 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM
Avatarland is not the only project in development at Disney World. Star Wars land is also being developed for DHS. Both will probably open up around the same time (likely between 2016 and 2018). Cars Land East and Monstropolis are also being considered for DHS. If all these things are built and done right, it will turn DHS into arguably the top theme park in Orlando. Magic Kingdom has New Fantasyland, with the Seven Dwarves coaster opening up next year. And Epcot will be getting a new version of Soarin in 2015, plus there are rumors the Imagination pavilion will be replaced entirely by a new attraction, or updated with new technology and a return of Dreamfinder. So in the next five to seven years, WDW will be completely transformed.

Besides, despite what people think of the movie, Avatarland will be amazing. James Cameron is heavily involved, which is huge. The detail and the new technology that will be put into the land will be top notch. And the corner of DAK that has been Camp Minnie Mickey is in desperate need of a rehaul, ever since Beastly Kingdom was scratched. And Animal Kingdom is in dire need of another E-Ticket ride or two.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted September 2, 2013 at 7:11 AM
Thats reassuring. " James Cameron is heavily involved. Yes I enjoyed most of his movies, but beside from Avatar, Aliens, and Terminator 1 and 2,and Titanic I haven't seen any great work from him in a while.

From Cory R
Posted September 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Avatar has been the only film he's done since the movies you mentioned Andrew. He is a very slow and meticulous filmmaker. That slow pace led to Avatar being one of the most technologically advanced movies ever made. The visuals were stunning. A lot of criticism can justly be made regarding the screenplay, but with Avatarland, we are not talking about a movie, we're talking about theme park attractions. Imagineering's (and specifically Joe Rhode) great track record with storytelling will make up for Cameron's short comings in that area. But he will heavily contribute to the technology brought to the rides and the atmosphere brought to the land itself.

The one theme park attraction Cameron has worked on, Terminator 2:3D, is a technological marvel, and was a very creative way to do a theme park 3D movie. The combination of the 3D movie, live actors, and the robotic Terminators, plus the use of 3 screens, and the amazing graphics (for that time) made for what I still believe is one of the best theme park 3D films.

From Phil B.
Posted September 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM
Cameron has never been one to put out movie upon movie just for the sake of putting out movies to line his pockets. That's what the Michael Bays of the world are here for. Avatar was the last thing you saw from Cameron and that was a project he started back in 1994. The thing with Cameron, is that he takes on a project because he has a passion for it. I think we can all appreciate a person in this day and age who actually has some level of artistic integrity when it comes to choosing projects they wish to devote all their time to. Also, the man not only looks to create new movies, but looks for ways to push the existing technology beyond its limits to try and give us a new experience every time. Much like Walt, the man is an innovative, obsessive perfectionist, with vision, who is constantly looking to reinvent the ways he is able to deliver quality entertainment to the masses and isn't willing to sacrifice quality to do it. I'm very excited he's onboard with WDI to create Avatarland, even if he can be somewhat difficult to deal with.

From Will Sullivan
Posted September 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM
DHS is getting something Star Wars and also possibly Cars Land, so I think their covered.

From Matt Babiak
Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:15 AM
@Cory Not sure how they pull off Cars Land east AND Monstropolis. They would be put around the same area I'm guessing, but I thought it'd be one or the other. And as much as I loved the first Monsters Inc, the new one didn't quite do it for me. As for Carsland, but stance on the Cali one was that it'll have a small shelf life unless they wanted to make a sequel every 5 years because the movies were no classics. After seeing opening, I'm convinced that Carsland will survive the same way Splash Mountain does. If the East version doesn't go all out on spending money for theming or doesn't include RSR like rumors claim, I'm reverting back to my initial stance for the Florida version.

From Cory R
Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM
The plan as reported a while ago was that Cars Land would be much smaller than the CA version, possibly only including Radiator Springs Racers. If that were the case, it would only need to take over the space currently occupied by LMA and Backlout Tour. Monstroplois would then take over the rest of Streets of America: New York Street and San Francisco Street. Muppetvision would stay intact since the movies are being revived and the show is likely to be updated. Star Wars land would then be the area from Star Tours all the way around Echo Lake up through Great Movie Ride.

I really like this plan. The Pixar stuff is taking a back seat to Star Wars,
and they probably won't really start it til Star Wars is done. But I hope
they do eventually build it. I like the idea of doing Cars and Monsters Inc,
because the "land" is called Pixar Place. It should have attractions based
on multiple Pixar movies, not just one or two. Certainly it needs more than
just Toy Story. And as long as Monstropolis is based more off Monsters
Inc than Monsters University, most fans would be happy. I know a lot of us have been itching for a door room themed inverted coaster ever since the movie came out in 2001.

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