A lot of us are still scratching our heads over Disney's decision to spend millions of dollars building Pandora — The World of Avatar in its Animal Kingdom park, especially with Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opening so soon. But at least the themed area, which is celebrating its one year anniversary, led to the creation of one of Disney's most advanced (and seriously impressive) audio-animatronic characters: the Shaman of Songs.
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Sure, Avatar made $US2.78 billion ($3.6 billion) during its box office run almost a decade ago, but did anyone really walk out of the theatre wanting to visit James Cameron's Pandora? We still can't figure out why "The World of Avatar" was built at Walt Disney World, but now that the park has these towering mechs walking around, it might finally be worth visiting.
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Disney's foundation may have been built on animation, but these days, Disney is powered by franchises. That's especially true in the theme parks, where major expansions have recently been announced based on some of Disney's newer, blockbuster franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and... Avatar. And while you may have no feelings about James Cameron's 2009 mind-bogglingly successful film, I think you'll feel very differently if you enter the world of Pandora at Disney World.
Video: When the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride first opened at Disneyland in 1967, it represented the cutting-edge of amusement park technologies. Fifty years later, this video is our first glimpse at how far ride technologies have advanced, as Disney World's new Avatar: Flight of Passage attraction is set to open next weekend, and a gif doesn't come close to doing it justice.
Follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time were originally slated to start coming out next year. But recent statements by director James Cameron disclosed that there'd be a delay for the coming wave of Avatar sequels. Now we know the exact dates that Cameron and his team are aiming for, starting with December 18, 2020.
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James Cameron's Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time, opened in 2009. Its first sequel was originally scheduled to be released five years later, but Cameron has never been one to rush. So 2014 became 2015, then 2016, 2017, and most recently 2018. Well, like clockwork, it now seems the four Avatar sequels will be delayed for a fifth time.
Though we're still a few years away from seeing James Cameron's Avatar back on the big screen, 2017 will start to ease the franchise back into popular culture. Most significantly, Pandora: The World of Avatar will be opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. A new video takes fans behind the scenes.
Do you remember Avatar? It was released seven years ago as the single biggest movie of 2009. But unlike other sci-fi blockbusters with broad family appeal, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone today begging for a sequel, let alone clamouring for theme park rides based on the film. But that's just what we're going to get next winter at Walt Disney World. The company announced that Avatar Land will open at Disney's Animal Kingdom park during the winter of 2017. And the fact that it's opening long after anyone cares about Avatar shows precisely why it's so hard to keep Disney's Epcot theme park "futuristic".