“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”
So they seemed to confirm at the Expo via Joe Rhode that Avatar Land is still a go. Anyone heard otherwise? I apologize if this has been brought up before. I had heard before that they were not going through with it after all.
Kathy Mangum: "If you show that you want to try, people will want to work with you" #D23Expo
Joe Rodhe: To be an Imagineer, "you have to be the kind of person who wants to share." #D23Expo
Yes, it's supposed to be going in the Camp Minnie-Mickey area. They are currently in the process of building the new Festival of the Lion King theatre in the Africa section so they can close the one in CMM. The new theatre is supposed to be open early 2014.
I have also heard rumors that the start of actual construction on Avatar has been pushed back due to the cost overruns from the Next-Gen project.
that was the excuse for paradise pier getting pushed back as well. we all know how that ended up...
Plans of mice and men can change. Next Gen costs are merely a scape goat in this case. No fact that Next Gen is causing delays, nor that Avatar is running late.
yeah, I don't think next gen had anything to do with the DTD revamp #2, aka from Wharf to Springs. When they stopped construction on Wharf, they said it was because during the land demolition phase they said they found some unique attributes about the land that made them want to go and revisit the plans. They couldn't say just yet what they we're, but they were excited to share the details with us "soon".
I took that with a grain a salt. When Tom announce Springs, there was as anticipated, no mention of the "unique attribute" only and acknowledgment that Wharf fell short in some areas and needed to be revisited. I believe that is closer to the truth. There was no next gen related budget delay. If fact it is clear that Springs is a MUCH more extensive and expensive project then Wharf was ever going to be. I think Tom genuinely just though they could do better, perhaps they had to wait to get approval for a larger budget. Just my guess but either way, clearly they did. Even with out the garages, which is technically not on Disney's dime, Springs is much more then Wharf.
Y'know, I don't think the whole Avatar thing is a great idea (actually, I don't even understand why Disney is deciding to focus on that instead of on things like their own movies) but I will say: If it's going to be done, it should be done at Animal Kingdom. Anywhere else and it will just look silly.
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Next month (September 20th, to be exact) will mark the two year anniversary of the announcement that " ... Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks."
And we know nothing yet!!
Need to know something, models, drawings, images, ... something
I have a tangentially related question for the people that attended D23. How many Avatar cosplayers did you see?
I'm probably not the best to ask, because I'm not way into Avatar or costumes, so they weren't necessarily catching my eye. Also the D23 Expo is not like Comic Con where you see more dress up. The costumes I noticed were princesses and Marvel. So if this is a nobody cares about Avatar why build it question, the same may apply to Star Wars.
They did have the Imagineering Desk for Avatar set up.
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Next year I'm trying for a summer internship at Stark Industries.