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Topic: Latest: Picture: Disney Releases Image Related to Avatar-Land Development

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DouglasDubh
Mon 12/10/2012 2:33p
The problem with an Avatar land is that Pandora had no architecture to speak of. The Harry Potter world at IOA works because it has buildings people want to walk through. What does Avatar have? Huge trees and floating mountains. How do you build those in a theme park?

I can see a ride based on Avatar working pretty well. But more that? I dunno.

Why not a Beastly Kingdom type area featuring strange creatures from Sci-fi? An Avatar ride fcould work there, but it would also allow other franchises or ideas to fit in as well.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 12/10/2012 3:11p
"Huge trees and floating mountains. How do you build those in a theme park?"

Both AK and the MK each have a huge fake tree, so building more shouldn't be an issue. Floating mountains, well couldn't those be recreated using special effects in a ride?
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DouglasDubh
Mon 12/10/2012 5:02p
"Both AK and the MK each have a huge fake tree, so building more shouldn't be an issue."

Sure, but how many big trees does a park need, let alone a land? And once they are built, what do you do with them?

Like Harry Potter, Carsland works well as land because there are lots of cool buildings to hold the rides, shops, and restaurants. Avatar has nothing like that.

"Floating mountains, well couldn't those be recreated using special effects in a ride?"

Sure, but not in a real-life environment. I think an Avatar simulator ride could be cool - maybe something a little more thrilling than Soaring but a little less than Star Tours would be great. But I just don't see the point of a land.

Here's another idea - replace Star Tours with an Avatar simulator in the Studios, then build a Star Wars creature land at DAK to replace Camp Minnie-Mickey.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 12/10/2012 5:07p
"Sure, but how many big trees does a park need, let alone a land? And once they are built, what do you do with them?"

Turn them into restrooms? I don't know, do they have to be anything besides scenery? I suppose some sort of aerial ride could be built in them. Who knows.
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FerretAfros
Mon 12/10/2012 5:38p
>>Because in Iger's world - unknown existing IP is better than a blank slate. Sad I know but he has absolutely no interest in creating IP. He also has little interest in the parks - but that is a separate discussion.<<

And this really makes me question whether he's fit to be running one of the world's leading entertainment conglomerates. Sure, it's fine if he doesn't have a particular affinity for one division of the company (Parks and Resorts), but to be the head of an entertainment company who isn't particularly interested in creating new entertainment just seems a little absurd to me. We've seen hints of his position since the day he took over, but the widespread impact of it hasn't really been seen until the last couple years. Hopefully 2015 will come quickly, before he can do too much long-term damage to the creative side. Sadly, I'm kind of expecting the worst from the next couple years, as he tries to build his legacy on the success of others' products.

>>Huge trees and floating mountains. How do you build those in a theme park?<<

Two words: green styrofoam.
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sjhym333
Tue 12/11/2012 12:16a
Iger was a safe choice for Disney after Eisner. I think that by the time Eisner was basically pushed to leave Disney, the Board had enough of his personality and the way he ran the company. Unfortunately to Eisner he had stayed too long at Disney.
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Kennesaw Tom
Tue 12/11/2012 5:27a
<<Here's another idea - replace Star Tours with an Avatar simulator in the Studios,>>

I have been saying that for years now!
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Kennesaw Tom
Tue 12/11/2012 5:28a
<<Turn them into restrooms?>>

LOL, your bad
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Kennesaw Tom
Tue 12/11/2012 5:29a
<<I suppose some sort of aerial ride could be built in them.>>

That would be a great idea to add to any of the WDW parks.
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SuperDry
Tue 12/11/2012 12:51p
<<I suppose some sort of aerial ride could be built in them.>>

Didn't one just open in New Fantasyland?

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