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Old 06-18-2013, 09:04 AM   #196
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I don't get the hype for Australia either... don't get me wrong, I am not hating on the 'Land Down Under'... personally I would LOVE to go to Australia, but I find the repeated push for an Australia expansion odd... especially considering that is seems a lot of AK hating folks already complain the zoo-ish or animal portion of Animal Kingdom is boring and not worth their theme park time... If you are not going to focus on critters then what? An Ayers Rock ride?
Personally, I don't understand the people that don't like the animal treks. They are some of the most interesting and certainly best themed areas in a any park
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #197
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Personally, I don't understand the people that don't like the animal treks. They are some of the most interesting and certainly best themed areas in a any park
i agree...love the article on new night time show at your site..did you write that or your brother? that would be a huge hit in my opinion
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #198
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Personally, I don't understand the people that don't like the animal treks. They are some of the most interesting and certainly best themed areas in a any park
I agree, I also love that aspect of AK... and the animals were the reason I chose AKV as my home when we got into DVC.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:06 PM   #199
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I've read a lot of people around the internet and Dis stating that they don't think Avatar is iconic or enduring enough to really be a success as a themed land. I just hope that's not true. While it hasn't really gone down as a classic yet, maybe the upcoming sequel that's supposed to happen will reignite the excitement for Avatar. And I'm hoping that if Disney really does invest all the time and money we are hearing about, as well as make it conceptually and visually stunning enough, it will be a lasting success and not just entertaining in the short term. I think it could be worth it if they really make it stand out, and if they utilize new ideas and new technology. People seem to want the next big thing, and after seeing Wizarding World at IOA, I think that's gotta be done.

It's true that Disney does so well in large part because of the timeless characters that only Disney has brought and continues to bring to people around the world...its hard to replicate that kind of thing. But I try to keep in mind that there are some attractions at Disney that aren't directly related to characters and movies that people would consider timeless or super beloved.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:17 PM   #200
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i agree...love the article on new night time show at your site..did you write that or your brother? that would be a huge hit in my opinion
I wrote that but the information came from my pals, the Disney Hipsters
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:18 PM   #201
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I agree, I also love that aspect of AK... and the animals were the reason I chose AKV as my home when we got into DVC.
technically Saratoga is my home but I almost always use my points at Kidani now
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:33 PM   #202
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I've read a lot of people around the internet and Dis stating that they don't think Avatar is iconic or enduring enough to really be a success as a themed land.
Count me among them.

When I started catching up on Disney rumors and kept reading about "Avatarland," I thought to myself, "what on earth are they talking about?" and I initially actually thought it was some huge conceptual expansion on DisneyQuest using avatars in some fantastic, interactive, immersive system, but no, its about the blue alien movie. And I couldn't believe it. I mean, here is Disney, with these incredible resources (now including Star Wars) at their disposal, and they're going to make a park/land/significant concept out of Avatar??

I suppose the right mix of imagination and creativity could do something interesting with it, although that movie interested me not in the slightest, nor does the concept of a land based upon it. Whatever they do, it had darned well better have about 6,000% more imagination mixed into it than what went into New FantasyLand, which is best summed up by my daughter's reaction once we'd made the loop around it: "That's IT??" As someone else said, it looks beautiful, but there's nothing to do. They've plopped $400M on statuary and facades.

For every one person thinking AvatarLand is a good idea, I've got to believe there are at least five, maybe ten, who are ready to plunk down serious cash right now if a Star Wars land were to about to open up. SW is a huge social icon the world around...Avatar...big individual movie, but social icon?? Not so much.
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Agreed with 400 million spent on FLE, however I was told construction cost to blend it into the rest of the park was a real challenge.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:36 AM   #204
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There is a video with james Cameron and joe Rhodes on screamscape going over this project in detail. This is going to be very detailed looking fo forward to 2017. Think TDO is going to deliver
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I really think that most of the issue folks have is related to using the 'Avatar' name.

If on the other hand they had said:

"Our Imagineers are at work in conjunction with a major Hollywood director on an Animal Kingdom expansion. This area will be based off a mythical vibrant and colorful world. Featuring floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and fantastical creatures. This land will appeal to all of our senses. Also in the works are new rides and experiences for our guests that tie in wonderfully with our overall vision of the Animal Kingdom park."

etc, etc...

Even if you had never heard of (or seen) Avatar, I think this would have gone over better.
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I showed my wife the pics, she hasn't been interested in the whole Avatarland idea, and even she is interested at this point.
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This is going to be very detailed looking forward to 2017.
Unless Cameron has changed things up, I read where the next 2 Avatars were being (have been) filmed together. With release dates in 2015 and 2017. The timing of this works out well to the WDW 2017 plans. If the next 2 movies are as successful as the original, I think this could be gold for Disney.

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Unless Cameron has changed things up, I read where the next 2 Avatars were being (have been) filmed together. With release dates in 2015 and 2017. The timing of this works out well to the WDW 2017 plans. If the next 2 movies are as successful as the original, I think this could be gold for Disney.

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