Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

We’ve written before about the ongoing theme park cold war between Disney and Universal Studios, both of whom are battling it out to become the top dog in this industry. Universal took the high ground when it debuted the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but Disney is returning fire with a James Cameron-powered salvo: Pandora: The World of Avatar, which takes the highest grossing film in cinematic history and makes it a physical space you can explore. Honestly, there are no real losers in this conflict: both companies are forced to innovate (we have Star Wars and Nintendo-themed attractions on the horizon next) and we, those who enjoy theme parks, get to reap the rewards.

Even though Pandora is only a few months away from officially opening its gates (and will probably begin soft opening sooner than that), the area’s two main rides remain pretty mysterious. Do two new trailers reveal anything noteworthy?

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guardians of the galaxy ride

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland prices just went up. Again.
  • Director James Gunn is working on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT!
  • Watch a new trailer for the Avatar-themed Flight of Passage.
  • You will soon be able to meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.
  • The shark from Universal Studio‘s Jaws ride is taking a little break…
  • And more!

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avatar 2 plot

The four Avatar sequels turn Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) into a family man. Director James Cameron called the sequels “more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.” In Avatar 2, Sully and his family visit unexplored parts of Pandora, according to Sam Worthington.

The actor recently talked about that eight-year gap in the story and the current shooting schedule. Below, read what Worthington had to say about Sully’s role in the first of the four Avatar sequels.

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Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

During their quarterly earnings conference call earlier today, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier the opening date for Walt Disney World’s Avatar-themed land. Pandora – The World of Avatar will have its grand opening at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park on May 27th, 2017. Also, Iger also confirmed that Star Wars Land, which is currently being constructed in both Anaheim’s Disneyland and Orlando’s Hollywood Studios are on target for a 2019 opening.
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pirates of the caribbean dead men tell no tales trailer breakdown

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reveals a new poster.
  • Check out new photos from the set of Pacific Rim: Uprising.
  • The sequel to The Strangers will film this summer.
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 will open sooner than expected.
  • No, Connor McGregor is not starring in The Predator.
  • Stranger Things season 2 will directly address what happened to Barb.

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James Cameron

James Cameron is a very busy man. He’s writing and prepping the next four Avatar sequels, producing a NatGeo documentary called Atlantis Rising (premiering January 29th, 2017) and developing a sixth film in the Terminator franchise. In a new interview, the filmmaker provides updates on the status of the Avatar sequels, but the answer makes us wonder if Avatar 2 will be delayed yet again.
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avatar na'vi river journey

For theme park fans, Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar has long existed as a series of rumors wrapped in photos taken from a distance, a handful of intriguing promises that didn’t quite line up with the fact that the Animal Kingdom theme park’s newest themed land has looked like a construction site for most of the past year. So this new video, which teases this endeavor as an actual place with rides you can go on and things you can do, is a pleasant surprise after so many aerial photos tracking minuscule changes.

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Avatar 2 release date delay?

Avatar 2 has been delayed many times over already, but as of now it looks like James Cameron‘s long-awaited sequel is targeting a 2018 release date. Fox has been throwing out that ETA for a while already, and last month they took the step of officially claiming a year-end slot. As any Avatar fan knows, though, the one thing Cameron is better at than making movies is blowing deadlines — and star Sigourney Weaver doesn’t sound so sure he’s going to make this one, either.  Read More »

Avatar: Discover Pandora

While most of us are waiting for Pandora – The World of Avatar to open in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park, fans of James Cameron’s film now have another way to experience Pandora. Opening today in Taipei, Taiwan is Avatar: Discover Pandora, a new interactive exhibition inspired by the blockbuster movie. We’ve written about this exhibition in the past and seen concept art, but now that it has opened to the public, we have the first photos and video from the exhibit. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Sigourney Weaver Avatar sequels

By the time the Avatar 2 hits theaters in 2018 — if it does hit theaters in 2018 — it’ll have been nine years since the first Avatar opened. But Sigourney Weaver seems pretty confident it’ll be worth the wait. The actress gushed about James Cameron‘s scripts for Avatar2 through 4 in an interview, describing them as “much more amazing” than the original.

While we wait and see how that pans out, though, we can definitely expect to see her in next year’s The Defenders. We’re just not sure as whom. Weaver isn’t naming any names yet, but she did talk a bit about her villain character in the Marvel Netflix series. Read the Sigourney Weaver Avatar sequels comments and Defenders comments below. Read More »