avatar na'vi river journey

Seven years after it became the highest-grossing film in history, everybody spends more time talking about why no one talks about Avatar than talking about Avatar itself. That’s why the upcoming Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion coming the Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World feels like a bizarre combination of risky move and sure thing – building a theme park land around the most successful movie of all time certainly sounds like a license to print money until you remember that the film seems to have bounced off pop culture in the long run. They may have made less money, but Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Marvel are all embedded more deeply in the common psyche than James Cameron’s eco-centric science fiction epic. What if you build the most impressive theme park land ever devised and everyone shrugs?

That’s a question for the long term. Right now, your focus should be on the first footage of a Na’vi from one of the land’s attractions.

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Star Wars Land

Disney has started surveying Disneyland and Disney World annual passholders about the possibility of adding a block-out period for a theme park for the first two months of a new attraction like the upcoming Star Wars Lands, Pandora: The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. But will Disney add an AP block-out for Star Wars Land?

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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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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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