Is ‘Avatar’ land even the right thing to call this place? IDK. That’s how little I know about ‘Avatar’, a movie I avoided because I believe James Cameron peaked with ‘Titanic’ and also because I just didn’t really believe all the hype.
That being said, Disney released some awesome new concept art for the newest addition to Animal Kingdom last week, and I figured it was time I fully come out in support of the ‘Avatar’ expansion. Here are just a few reasons I think this is actually the best idea Disney has had in a while:
1. It brings a new brand into the fold. A lot of people think that ‘Avatar’ and Walt Disney World seem like a weird fit. And I get where they’re coming from…sort of. But, it’s not the first time Disney has partnered with an iconic movie to help make its world come to life. Remember – Star Tours existed long before Disney owned Lucas Films, and Indiana Jones happens to be one of my favorite rides in Disneyland. Partnering with brands like this isn’t a new concept, even if ‘Avatar’ itself may seem a little far fetched.
2. It gives Animal Kingdom a much needed update. When you take the bus to Animal Kingdom, they’re still telling you that the newest update to the park is Expedition Everest. And while I love that mountain and that yeti, that ride opened in 2006. It’s time to get some fresh faces in the park, and maybe make it so people don’t just ride aforementioned roller coaster and then spend the rest of the day somewhere else.
3. It’s a great story to bring to life. I know a lot of people hated the writing of Avatar, but I don’t think I’ve found a person who hated its visual styling. In fact, part of the reason I still haven’t seen it is because I want to see it in theaters (and I’m sure they’ll re-release it once the second one finally comes out). But I think it makes perfect sense to have a movie that was so innovative in its use of special effects come to a park and a company that’s so well known for creating innovative attractions and films as well.
How do you feel about Pandora coming to Animal Kingdom? (I know it’s called Pandora now – thanks, blogging! You learn something new everyday).