Theme park and movie fans thinking of heading to a Walt Disney resort will soon have yet another reason to do so, thanks to the announcement of a deal between James Cameron and Walt Disney to create Avatar-themed attractions at Disney’s parks.
Cameron’s company Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment signed a deal with Disney which will see all three collaborating on bringing Avatar to life at Disney’s theme parks, starting at the Animal Kingdom resort. Construction is scheduled to begin at the Florida park in 2013, with the possibility of the franchise being extended to other sites later.
“James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,” said Bob Iger, president at Disney. “With this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James’ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney,” he added.
Design work for the project was said to have already begun, and the new attraction was expected to take around five years to complete, pointing to an opening around 2016. With two new Avatar films also in the pipeline, the Avatar/Disney collaboration could have substantial potential for further exploration in the future. Mr Iger promised Disney would aim to “go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling” with the Avatar installations.
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect place for our first Avatar land,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “at its core, the park gives guests the opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical – in whole new ways,” he added.