Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide announced a deal that will bring themed “lands” based on a James Cameron blockbuster to Disney parks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Disney deal with Cameron, producer Jon Landau, Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment means “Avatar” attractions will be built in parks starting with Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Construction there is due to get under way by 2013, with the attraction to be built inside the Animal Kingdom park.
Noting that the Animal Kingdom location places an “emphasis on living in harmony with nature,” Disney said: “Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the Avatar stories, which share the same philosophy," the story reports.
Cameron and Landau will serve as creative consultants on the project, working with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop the attractions, THR reports.
Other parks will get future “Avatar” attractions, although the parks have not been named yet.
The report adds: “’Avatar’ was a movie that broke new ground in terms of presentation and technology, especially in the use of 3D. It is expected that the theme park attractions will also use that technology and new innovations to engage park visitors.”