The video shows outgoing Disney Parks chairman Tom Staggs, Avatar film creator James Cameron and Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde walking through the Avatar design space at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California, where they show off some of the new elements in the land.
The centerpiece of Disney's Avatar Land will be a Soarin'-like 3D movie attraction, where you fly through the skies of Pandora. Framing on the show building for this attraction appears to be complete, with interior and facade work yet to come for a planned 2017 opening.
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Don't get me wrong. The land could be well-themed and maybe there's a thrilling ride. And that's great. But there won't be the same successful merchandising push or built-in adoration for Avatar.
And I don't know NB, that concept art looks pretty beautiful to me, and it is day time. But everyone has their opinions.
Considering that each Pirates sequel got worse and didn't translate to more Pirate attractions or improve the existing Pirate ride, I wonder if the Avatar sequels will provide a bare minimum of new material to the Avatar land. They have all the information they need to do plenty of new attractions.
I Respond: They're mountains not islands ... And that dragon on Gringotts ain't moving.
Swing and a miss.
You also realize that Animal Kingdom is getting a new nighttime show, a new nighttime safari, and all of the rides will remain open along with new nighttime entertainment.
... not to mention Pandora itself for all of the nighttime guests. There will be plenty of people around after dark.
I Respond: Yeah and the dragon in the movie ... um ... moves ... And parks for free if it is staying at a theme park's resort hotel.
NB writes: "I am sure this will be a great addition for the five guests that stay in Animal Kingdom after dark..."
I Respond: That is an interesting comment coming from the guy who praised an expansion by predicting it would "look amazing at night." So people will leave a theme park rather than stay and see a new themed area that looks "amazing at night" or (for that matter) a new night time production ("Rivers of Light") that is slated to premier in 2016?
Take those "five guests" and multiply them by ten thousand.
(Chuckle ... again)
You could just ignore my posts, but something tells me your OCD or need to have the last word wouldn't allow that.
Pandora will be yet another child level thrill factor land with dazzling veneer, and may or may not contain a cloned version of Soarin' with 3D. All this on the heels of sequels to a movie nobody asked for.
And speaking of sequels nobody asked for: JP World, anyone? Kong: Skull Island? But, as we have discussed many times before, just because the franchises are lacking doesn't mean the attractions won't be good.
I like what is new, what is hot, what is the best bang for my buck in a given area. I know I'm going to spend a lot more on a trip to Orlando than say Gatlinburg for the same amount of time. I get more going to Universal than Disney for equal dollar amount. I spent several half days and one full day at Harry's World. I can't see myself spending that amount of time at Pandora. I'm sure it will be a great attraction as will as Kong but those are just attractions and Harry is an immersive experience. I don't think having just the content of one movie is going to match 7 movies and numerous books and still more books yet to come. Do I think Kong can match Harry, not a chance. Harry is one of those special ip's that you can loose yourself in like Star Wars or Star Trek. Those are true immersion properties and have avid fans. Avatar wasn't a great movie by acting or story telling. It was a beautiful visual spectacle that wowed everyone into seeing what a 3D movie should look like. Nothing has come close in that respect. Even though it grossed the most doesn't mean it's the best movie out there. Pandora can only be as good as the movie and it will be visually stunning with a lack of content to be truly immersive because it only has one movie to back it up.
AB, there are three more Avatar movies on the way, so additional content is coming. However, I still don't believe Disney is advancing this change in direct competition to anyone. They know that DAK is viewed as a half-day park, so they are wanting to change that perception. All of their upcoming additions (including the night time river show) point to increasing the guest experience to a full day event. Just think how much more money Disney will make if a guess who normally left around 3:00 stays until 9:00? Or 10:00? Dinner, snacks, souvenirs... six or seven more hours of spending per guest, and more time at Disney means less time elsewhere....
That's certainly not enough to draw me to Animal Kingdom.
James, My points about Avatar jive with a good majority of the Disney die-hards. Even they don't want this franchise in their beloved resort. The ones that cheerlead the new land do it out of some twisted loyalty as anything that company does is pure genius. It is an obvious knee jerk reaction to HP, which they turned down because JK wanted "too much creative control". How is dealing with James Cameron working out for you?
"I love Avatar" said not one child under the age of 10.... ever.
I have a direct quote from a reputable source who I hold in the highest regard - "Avatar at Disney Animal Kingdom will never draw crowds like the exquisitely themed and magical additions to the Universal Orlando theme parks known as Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley" - NB @ themeparkinsider.com
Disney seems to be grasping at anything to keep up with Universal's recent successes. Potter has a cult-like following of all ages. Diagon Alley has a convention / cosplay aura about it. My point is, they should have picked something that kids are absolutely crazy about... too bad Frozen came out after this poor decision. That movie has captured the imagination of the Disney target demographic and will be a huge success for years to come.
I am not saying children won't want to visit Avatar land, they just won't be doing it the way these Potter die-hards do with USF.
And once again, NB, I am sorry that your past experience at overly crowded Disney parks is now limiting you to only enjoy one of the many theme park destinations the greater Orlando area has to offer. It is too bad you were never able to visit the Disney parks during the offseason when they are only as crowded as Universal is during their peak season. Disney is actually quite wonderful when it is not summer or Christmas.
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