“To me, Avatar's not coming here. Pandora is coming here," John Landau says. "We’re going to give people an opportunity to go to Pandora. That’s what we found when people came out of the movie. ... They wanted to go back to Pandora."
Landau and Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde both mention the cooperative nature of the work between Disney and the movie makers.
“I do believe it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Rohde says.
He sounds ready to show off solid progress.
“I like to build things. It’s all fine to talk … we’re going to do this, we’re going to do that. Blue sky, and pictures and meetings. I want to build stuff. That is what I’m here to do: Build things.”
The "Avatar" themed land is scheduled to open in 2017. There are signs -- construction walls, closure of Camp Minnie-Mickey and the impending relocation of "Festival of the Lion King" -- around the theme park.
“From here on out, which is an incredible slog, we are doing it," Rohde say. "We are going to make this happen. Which is very exciting, really intimidating, but really technically mindboggingly hard to do, but very exciting because we’re going to do it now."