What's new on the discussion board: How will Avatar match up with other new theme park lands?

September 21, 2011, 1:47 PM · Yesterday's news about Disney bringing Avatar to Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World has sparked several new conversations on the Theme Park Insider discussion Board. (But first, thanks to WDWDads for posting this nightmare fuel image on Twitter.)

Andy Milito kicks it off with Disney Adding Avatar to Animal Kingdom. Your Reaction?

Dominick D sets up the battle royale in Orlando over the next decade: Avatar vs Transformers vs Fantasyland vs Despicable Me.

And David L follows by asking your thoughts on two other theme park mega projects: Carsland or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Zackiel Marsh boils down to an essential question for many theme/amusement park fans: Theme vs Thrill

Daniel Etcheberry asks us to think back a bit and tell everyone Which is the ride that impressed you the most when you rode it the first time?

On that topic, Tim Hillman asks us - as theme parks - When Did You Know You Were Hooked?

I jumped in earlier this week to ask you to share some of your favorite backstories about theme park attractions in The 'bar brag' - what are your favorite theme park trivia stories?

Giovanny Cruz asks Is Legoland Florida going to be a competition for Universal and Disney?

Jeff Elliott notes last week's Golden Ticket Awards and several readers wonder just what the voters in those awards were thinking.

Finally, Jeff wraps up the week, pre-Avatar, with Last Week At Your Amusement Park......September 19.

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September 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM · Well if this was a boxing match the Imagineers would getting up off the mat after an eight count after being knocked down if not out by the guys at Universal. The Wizarding world has trumped anything done by Disney in the last twenty years and IOA is now viewed as the best all-round theme park. Fantasyland has gotten a very mixed reception being seen as more of the same rather then anything new,Star Wars wont pull the crowds back from Universal and rides such as Toy Story Mania have left alot to be desired and in fact they are worse then similar older rides at Universal.So Disney announce Avatar land I'll be honest Im worried about this Disney are going toe to toe with Universal on this one so it will be impossible for die hard Disney fans to talk about heritage and memories to pull this one out of the fire if its a disaster and if it does not wipe WWOHP off the map it will be viewed as such. Sure Avatar did huge figures in the box office but ask anyone nobody seems to have thought it was a great movie and Ill bet you cant remember the lead characters name !!!.Massive publicity and the fact that it was touted as the make or break movie for 3D pushed the figures up but Im willing to bet that the second movie wont do half the figures and the third in 2016 will be lost in the haze. 2016 thats when the Imagineers hope to pull peoples Imagination back from Universal and the imagineers have to do something new.Unfortunatly something new is not a thing that is done at Disney. Carsland = Test Track, Finding Nemo = The Little mermaid , The seven dwarfs coaster = Thunder mountain (with a roof). I just hope for Disneys sake that Avatar land is not the Tree of life redone, A 3d movie to replace bugs life and a Soarin type ride with Dinosaur redone to be troopers in a jeep driving through the forests of Avatar at night because if it is the Imagineers may end up taking the full ten count to the expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter (should hopefully be announced soon), Transformers and I expect a big make over for Jurrasic Park with the new movie announced, also with a Ghostbusters III on the way Id be willing to bet that Terminator may be replaced by guys with proton packs(hopefully) Disney will have their work cut out

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