Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Disney + Avatar = Pandora in Animal Kingdom

    In case you haven't heard, there was a press conference today announcing the collaboration between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Films. They are in the beginning planning stages for a Pandora-themed section of Animal Kingdom Park.

   Here is the info as posted by The Disney Parks Blog:

    James and his producing partner Jon Landau and their team at Lightstorm Entertainment will serve as creative consultants on the project and will work side-by-side with our Walt Disney Imagineers as we dream up experiences that will take our guests deep into worlds of AVATAR like never before. There are also two sequels to the record setting first film in the works, which will offer more fascinating stories, characters and locations to explore in the AVATAR universe. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is planned as the site of the first AVATAR-themed land with construction expected to begin by 2013.

   We believe Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great fit for this project because it was created to give guests the opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical – in new ways. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also celebrates adventure, living in harmony with nature and environmental stewardship – themes that are deeply rooted in the story of AVATAR.

   I'm not quite sure how I feel about this news yet. I don't know how well they mesh together other than the fact that both are geared toward being "green". Although I know Disney Imagineers will do a beautiful job of capturing every detail of Pandora's fantasy world. I guess we'll just have to see what's in store as details are released. After all, at one time there were plans to have a "Beastly Kingdom" in Animal Kingdom full of mythological creatures (you can still see the dragon on AK's logo, just check out the picture below).