soarin over the world

Its been a while since we’ve done a proper Theme Park Bits round-up, so we have a lot to share with you. Here are some of the stories we’ll be talking about today:

  • A tease of the Na’vi Animatronics from Avatar Land
  • See photos of Avatar Land‘s construction
  • New Footage and concept art from Star Wars Land
  • Watch a preview of Soarin Around The World and learn when you’ll be able to ride it
  • Finding Dory characters will be added to EPCOT attraction
  • Watch sneak preview of Animal Kingdom‘s new Tree of Life and Rivers of Light night-time shows
  • A first look at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which will include Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman rides
  • A look at Universal Studios Japan’s walking dinosaurs from Jurassic Park
  • Universal Orlando raises annual price passes

All this and more, after the jump.

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avatar sequels

Last week, James Cameron announced that he was going to be making four Avatar sequels instead of five and you could hear everyone on the internet collectively roll their eyes. Not because everyone dislikes Avatar (I think the 2009 original is still a fine movie), but because Avatar 2 was originally supposed to come out in 2014 and be the next chapter in a trilogy. And then the pattern began: every few years, Avatar 2 gets delayed by another year or two and Cameron adds another planned film to the series. Only a fool would bet against someone as successful and wily as Mr. Cameron, but it’s been patently ridiculous to watch from afar as 2014 became 2018 and three films became five.

But maybe (maaaybe) he’s not jerking everyone’s chain this time around? After all, this announcement came with much fanfare and now he’s actually following up said announcement with additional press and interviews about the next movies. And since this is James Cameron, the lunatic/genius behind The Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic, he’s never not interesting.

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James Cameron Avatar set

Remember back in 2010, when 20th Century Fox dated Avatar 2 for December 2014? That date has long since come and gone, and deep into 2016 we’re still waiting on this movie. But in the meantime, director James Cameron has added yet another sequel to to his Avatar-related to-do list. During its CinemaCon presentation today, 20th Century Fox announced we’ll be seeing four more Avatar movies between now and 2023.  Read More »

Avatar 2 Release Date

It’s been six years since Avatar hit theaters in 2009, and we still won’t get the developing sequel until 2017. Ever since 20th Century Fox announced that there would be three sequels arriving in 2017, 2018 and 2019, many have assumed they would each arrive in December each year like the original film. Now director James Cameron confirms the Avatar 2 release date being eyed is Christmas 2017. Plus, the filmmaker also has an update on the status of production, which is gearing up to start shooting very early next year. Read More »

avatar sequels

Avatar came out six years ago. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but that’s how long it’s been since director James Cameron‘s 3D fantasy film made almost $3 billion dollars. You can’t really dismiss a movie that made that much money as a fluke, but some wonder if the movie just hit at the right time. Is Pandora a world people really want to return to? Are audiences aching to go on three more adventures with Jake Scully (Sam Worthington)? The people who ask those questions are whom Cameron wants to prove wrong in 2017.

After the jump, read the director’s latest comments on the Avatar sequels.

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Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

Disney has been teasing Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise for a few years now. But as we get closer to the land’s opening in early 2017, we’re beginning to get more details about the upcoming addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida.  Right now D23 Expo Japan is going on and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek shared some new information about the planned river ride that will be part of Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Hit the jump for more information.

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Avatar Toruk - Chief of clan

We won’t get another Avatar movie until 2017 — and that’s assuming James Cameron actually meets his deadline this time instead of blowing past it yet again — but in the meantime there are other ways to get to Pandora. Like Toruk – The First Flight, an Avatar-themed Cirque du Soleil show that begins touring this fall.

The production was announced some time ago, but today we have a better look thanks to some colorful behind-the-scenes photos. Take a peek at the Avatar Cirque du Soleil show after the jump. Read More »

Avatar comic book

It’s been nearly six years since James Cameron brought his blockbuster sensation Avatar to theaters, and fans have been patiently waiting for the sequels to begin hitting the big screen. Sadly, we’ve still got a little over two years before the first of three sequels arrives in the winter of 2017. But a new partnership should help hold fans over.

At New York Comic-Con this weekend, Dark Horse Comics announced a new deal with 20th Century Fox to create an Avatar comic book series with a variety of “new storylines from the past, present and the future world of Avatar.” Read More »

realistic movie explosions

Even though special effects have never been better than they were today, there’s always room for improvement. For example, even though we’ve had stellar digital visual effects at our disposal awhile now, there have been plenty of disappointments on the big screen. In fact, one area where Hollywood sometimes had difficulties was in creating realistic movie explosions. But thankfully, science stepped up to help.

A new video from Theodore Kim, professor of Media Arts, Technology and Computer Science at the University of California, explains how Hollywood has been able to create realistic explosions in movies, and it’s all thanks to a fancy algorithm. Read More »