BREAKING NEWS: Disney has just announced that they have reached a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring AVATAR to Disney World!
Plans are being made to created an entire land within Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park dedicated to the world of AVATAR. Construction will begin by 2013.
Here is an excerpt from the announcement at 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.
Beastly Kingdom - Re-Imagined!
Since the beginning of Disney's Animal Kingdom there was always intended to be another land based upon the "mythical" creatures tentatively named Beastly Kingdom. This partership with James Cameron and his fantasy world of AVATAR appears to be the land that we have been waiting for.
Stay tuned to Only WDWorld for further updates and news as it develops.