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Wed 12/12/2012 7:59a
<<But future stories can (and will, IMHO) change that.>>

Even if Rowling does go back to that world - and the success of the awful A Casual Vacancy has most likely staved off the need to return - I suspect it might be many years in the future and there further away from the last movie that the 8th book appears the less likely it will succeed.

This probably all comes off as negative which isn't my intention - I just think there needs to be moderation of future expectations.
Wed 12/12/2012 8:11a
<< I suspect it might be many years in the future and there further away from the last movie that the 8th book appears the less likely it will succeed.>>

I dunno about that. The Star Wars prequels came out 16 years after the originals ended and did pretty well for themselves.

And in the reboot happy world of Hollywood, I don't think we're more than 10 years away from a Potter movie reboot.
Wed 12/12/2012 8:15a
Is it:
>>I find it interesting that Disney need to keep insisting that Avatar is moving along. They have the rights to build, Disney has never been in a hurry to rush things through. Why keep telling people it is going to happen?<<

Or is it:
>>I was under the impression they'd been very slow releasing any kind of conceptual art and publicity about Avatarland. You're saying 15 months after the announcement and we have this one photo of a vague model. Is that par for the course with Disney? Maybe I'm just surprised after 15 months they haven't started construction -- when's this thing supposed to open 2015?<<

Or is it:
>>Is Avatarland still coming to DAK? And is WDI planning to bring it to other Disney resorts as well?<<

Based on this thread alone, either they are pushing this thing, dragging their heels, or not being forthright at all...!
Wed 12/12/2012 8:19a
>>Based on a single multimedia franchise that was the defining one and the Star Wars of its generation?

Yup. Totally risky.<<

Calm down. You're preaching to the choir. My point was not to say that Potter is risky. It was to point out that we've been down this road before.

My consistent opinion on Potter is that it will be as perennial as the Oz stories. Certainly as much as Narnia (which has never gone out of print). Avatar? The jury is out. But automatic dismissal is silly.

Silly, you hear!
Wed 12/12/2012 8:24a
>>Maybe I'm just surprised after 15 months they haven't started construction -- when's this thing supposed to open 2015?<<

Welcome to WDI: 2000(+)! Alice Davis said it best a few years ago, pointing out that when Disneyland was built in less than a year there were 30 people who worked all the time. Today there are 300 people, and they are always in a meeting.

(The Avatar "timeline" calls for construction starting in 2013, with completion in 2016-18. Or so.)
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Wed 12/12/2012 8:51a
"I did not buy Disco Mickey, but did own LPs of The New Mickey Mouse Club (hello Allison Fonte!)..."

Polar bears on ice skates, chocolate shoes and leather milkshakes.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Wed 12/12/2012 8:53a
"Although I'm more likely to pluck out my own eyes than ride Mermaid again."

I like LM at DCA. I think we rode it 3 times when I was there last.
Wed 12/12/2012 9:12a
I found Mermaid to be a monumental bore. Fails at being both a madcap traditional dark ride as well as telling a coherent story. It does nothing overly well, IMO.

Now, on the other hand, I could ride Alice in Wonderland all day!

/end thread drift
Wed 12/12/2012 10:09a
>>Avatar? The jury is out. But automatic dismissal is silly.<<

I just don't get the sense that Avatar is beloved like Star Wars and Harry Potter. Phrases from both of those franchises quickly worked their way into everyday language almost immediately. I'm not hearing any Avatar references these days.

I'm sure they have the talent to make a very cool Avatar land. But it would make a whole lot more sense to me to create a Star Wars land since it is a solid classic as popular today as when it first appeared -- not to mention they now own it.

But what do I know? I'm just a Muggle.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Wed 12/12/2012 10:10a
^^ A lot of people have said the same. I dunno, I think the attraction appealed to me because I really enjoyed the film and the music.

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