Disney Parks at night have an incredible atmosphere. The fireworks, unique lighting, shows, and parades in the various parks make for an incredible experience after dark. I love that time and I know most of you do as well.
I live on the west coast and averaged a visit a year to Disneyland my entire life. As I neared my mid-thirties I couldn't believe that I had never made it to the Walt Disney World Resort. So I planned a trip with my girlfriend (now wife) and my mother for 2008, and we all absolutely loved it. I did as little research as possible so most of it would be a totally new experience and we could discover things about the parks ourselves.
The thing that surprised me the most? No night time experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom! I loved the park but it felt weird to leave so early. I understood why, but I was definitely disappointed. Which is why I think adding Avatar Land to DAK is a brilliant move. The bioluminescent jungles of Pandora at night? Yes, I definitely want to experience that. It will be a totally unique experience unlike anything ANYWHERE. Which is what makes a great theme park great, a unique experience you can't really get anywhere else.
I thought AVATAR was a good movie, but it's the weakest of James Cameron's films. But as other mice chatters have pointed out the film isn't the most important part, the land and attractions will be. I don't really care for CARS or CARS 2, but Cars Land is awesome. And lets not forget that James Cameron is responsible for two of the best genre sequels ever made: ALIENS and TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. He is making three sequels to AVATAR and he has earned the benefit of the doubt on sequels. I'm quite confident that they'll add a whole bunch of fascinating new things to the world of Avatar, and then they can expand Avatar Land even more in the coming years.
And a nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari? YES!
It's an exciting time for Disney's Animal Kingdom.