The first of several proposed sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar will finally come to theaters at some point in 2018. By the time Avatar 2 comes out, it will have been 10 years since the release of the first film from 2008. Time certainly has not been on the franchise side. It’s been so long, that nobody seems to care anymore, right? Well, the people at Disney World certainly do. They dumped a ton a money, to the sum of $500+ mil,  into a massive park expansion.  First announced on September 20 2011, the long awaited AVATAR-themed land at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom will finally be opening in summer 2017. Those disinterested in Avatar are now, thanks to videos like the one below, being drawn right back into it. Even for those that make fun of Avatar have to appreciate what Disney and James Cameron have been cooking up.

Here, get a behind the scenes look at Pandora: The World of AVATAR coming this summer to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, and have a look for yourself.

Pandora – The World of Avatar will transport guests to a visually-stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two excursions that will truly push adventure to the next level. First, the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora

Avatar remains the highest grossing movie of all time. Regardless of the passage of time, it’s not a property that folks have forgotten about. Moved on from, yes. Forgotten about it, no. People were obviously into enough to make it one of the most financially successful film in history. That interest is going to come right on back. Maybe the upcoming movies have a lot to prove, but look at that theme park. It’s beautiful and so technologically advanced, just as James Cameron’s first Avatar was. That’s the hook. Groundbreaking technology is how Cameron captured audiences the first time around. Cameron is a master of offering an “experience”. While Avatar is criticized for it’s story or lack there of, it was certainly an experience. This theme park and the people behind have gone all out an experience like none other.

So yes, Cameron and Disney are making Avatar great again, one theme park and movie at a time.

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