Have you ever watched a movie and thought, “That would make a really cool theme park ride”? James Cameron’s Avatar made me think just that. Apparently I was not the only one thinking that. The brains behind Walt Disney World and James Cameron himself had that same idea. However, in true Disney fashion, they have upped the ante.
Disney recently announced a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to design and construct not just a ride, but a whole theme park land based on the soon to be series of Avatar movies. Set to begin construction in 2013, Pandora will come to life as part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Why Animal Kingdom? Where else would a world so structured around nature and animals fit? Animal Kingdom strives to connect guests to nature and animals—whether real or mythical. The Avatar story is all about protecting the world in which they live and the creatures that they share it with. I could not think of a better home for this attraction than Animal Kingdom.
Working side by side, Disney Imagineers and James Cameron (and his team), will bring Pandora to Earth in the form of a combination of entertainment, merchandise locations, and restaurants. Still in the early stages of the design process, not much more information is known. The most definite fact about this upcoming expansion is that it is sure to be a completely immersive experience.