Avatar was released in theaters in 2009 and became the highest grossing film in history, a goal that went to Disney’s rival Fox, who nevertheless wanted to take advantage of the popularity and, in 2011, negotiated with Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment and James Cameron the rights to exploit the Avatar franchise in theme parks.
Three years later, Avatar: The Way of Water is another smash hit… this time 100% owned by The Walt Disney Company. And naturally, they are going to squeeze every last drop out of Pandora not only in the cinema, but also in the disney parks.
In the presentation of financial results for the quarter (where they announced Toy Story 5), Bob IgerCEO of Disney, announced that Disneyland is getting an Avatar experience. They will give more details soon.
And to clarify as soon as possible, Disneyland is the park of AnaheimCalifornia, the only one that Walt himself came to open in 1955, and we are not referring to Disneyland Paris (although it will also receive its own, as we will see below).
Avatar: Empty Show or Masterpiece?
Avatar is coming to Disneyland in the form of an “experience”
The only thing Iger said at the investor meeting was that it will be an “experience”, of which they will give more details soon. No ride, show or themed area, which has caused many park enthusiasts to lower their expectations.
While it’s exciting to think about building a new area inspired by the Avatar franchise, chances are that with “experience” it’s some kind of show, maybe something related to projections and drones (like the Avengers drone show that takes place for a limited time in Paris), nothing that implies a high investment.
After all, the park just finished construction on a Tron roller coaster that was delayed for years and years…
On the other side of the continent, in the Animal Kingdom park of the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, is Pandora: The World of Avatara 12-acre architectural masterpiece, opened in 2017, with reconstructions of the Hallelujah Mountains and two attractions, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.
With the popularity of Avatar, it wouldn’t be unusual for Disney to want to bring Avatar to more Disney parksbut we bet that we will have these “experiences” first before building a “mini park” of this size… which they are probably already planning, but based on the worlds and characters of the Avatar sequels that will be released during the rest of the decade.
Meanwhile, Disneyland Paris You will receive news but on a much smaller scale. Last year it received the (quite criticized) Avengers Campus, and in 2024 it will open an area based on Arendelle from Frozen, all this in the park Walt Disney Studios Park.
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