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Great Avatar Land news article with quotes by James Cameron. Source: Slashfilm
Cameron spoke about the park at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival on Saturday May 31.At a recent Q&A, James Cameron told audiences what the official name of the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be. “It’s going to be called, I believe, Pandora: The Land of Avatar.”It’s going to have floating mountains. It’s pretty cool. I’ve seen the model and the design work the Imagineering people have done is spectacular.Of course it’s gonna be gorgeous at night and they’re using every new trick, every new bit of technology that they’ve created.More:The animatronics for the Na’vi characters are gonna be fantastic. For example, their early animatronics would use 12 axis of motion and I think the most they’ve ever done was 32 axis recently. I think they’re up to 64 just in the face of the Na’vi characters. So it’s gonna be remarkable. They really see it as a major, major attraction.
U didn't understand my question all I was asking is can the boat be wheel chair accessible and will wheel chair users be able to get round the new place? Or will it be yet another part that my daughter gets told she can't access if she can't transfer by herself which she can't.Yet we still ave to pay full park ticket price for her to all but watch.I read that there was a part that u could virtually invent your own avatar ??? I know she can't really be avatared... But why not virtually on a screen?????
Eh... As amazing as that would be, it's not possible to create that kind of virtual experience (yet). Virtual reality, as of 2014, enables people to walk around in fully 3d-rendered environments... yes. BUT that requires them to have legs they can walk with. A person in a wheelchair would only be able to roll around in that 3d-rendered world in a wheelchair. The technology you speak of, to make them feel their legs in a virtual reality world, is just science fiction. Sorry.
It would be amazing if it was fully accessible to disabled children ..like a huge magical multi sensory experience. My daughter is ten and would be in her element here she could be avatared to walk and talk something she could only do in her dreams...YOU could make her dreams and many children's dreams come true even if it's only for one day. PLEASE make this amazing attraction fully wheel chair useable you would be inundated with special children and give them the most amazing day of their lives and also their family's. Yours pleadingly Jane Robinson
Source:Throughout the park, you can see construction walls and areas that are closed off from public view. That's because Animal Kingdom is in a transformation period that will make the park a true full-day park.
Cameron praised Disney's design for the new land, mentioning real floating mountains and two state-of-the-art rides, though he wouldn't say what those rides would be.
"But from what I've seen so far, it will be amazing," Cameron said. "I will be sad it's in Florida, because I won't be able to go a lot to it."Source:Disney said the land will have a flying simulator ride that lets guests "soar into the sky riding a Banshee."
Link here (includes video):“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."
Sources:No fresh details were released in conjunction with the ceremony. Pandora, as park officials call the "Avatar" land, will be unlike anything at any other Disney park and it will allow guests to "fly with banshees," they say.
The project, based on the film by director James Cameron, was announced in 2011 and is expected to open around 2017.