James Cameron Will Unveil New Details on the Avatar Theme Park in November

Concept art from Pandora: The World of Avatar. Image: Disney
Concept art from Pandora: The World of Avatar. Image: Disney

There’s news coming from the world of Pandora.

As most of us are patiently twiddling our thumbs waiting for Disney to open its Star Wars lands, James Cameron’s Avatar is going to beat it into the parks. Pandora: The World of Avatar will open in 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida and io9 can exclusively reveal that Cameron himself, along with his producer Jon Landau and Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, will be on hand at the upcoming D23 Destination D event in November to reveal brand new details about the 12-acre immersive theme park section.


Taking place November 19 and 20 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures is open only to D23 Fan Club members but you can read more about it here. The event takes place on the years the D23 Expo doesn’t and, addition to the Cameron panel, there will be events based on the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.

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It is very fashionable to hate on Avatar. Nothing is ever good enough for geek fandom, it seems, and when it is deemed cool to dislike something everyone jumps on the bandwagon.

But I really liked the movie. Even despite story flaws that everyone wrings their hands about. I really enjoyed watching it and the immediate thought when it ended was “I can’t wait for the next one.”

So I am sure there will be plenty of people making oh-too-clever comments disparaging the movie (some in reply to this post). But it was a well-done science fiction action adventure movie that was not another god-damned remake or sequel. An honest to goodness new IP even if it did depend on a lot of trope and cliche —purposefully, because the reason tropes are tropes are because they resonnate.

I live in Florida and go to Disney every once in a while —less recently because they let the parks get too crowded. But this will be worth a trip and I’m sure I’ll have fun exploring it.

And I’ll be there opening night when the next movie is released. Right in line with all of the people who spit vitriol over it.