Today’s fun fact is purely to keep you updated and in the loop on recent news in the World of Walt Disney. This bit of information has been all the talk and rage on many Disney blogs and sites, so you may have already heard about it. But in case you are not an avid Disney reader, like my wonderful hubby, who keeps me informed, I thought I would pass along the news for Fun Fact Friday.
Three days ago, Bob Iger announced a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantastic world of AVATAR to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom! They plan to start in 2013 on the construction of a new land in the already expansive theme park. They have yet to release many details on what the land will entail in attractions or precise location within the park, but promise that it will immerse visitors in the real and mythical worlds of animals and nature.
If you are anything like Tim and I, you are probably questioning why they would bring such a world to Animal Kingdom. Tim and I thought that Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be a much better fit for such a land when we heard about it’s conception. It was an amazing film, unlike many of it’s kind, in the world of cinematography and CGI technology. However, Disney explains their location choice by pointing out that Animal Kingdom accentuates and highlights adventure, living in harmony with nature, and environmental stewardship, which are themes that are deeply rooted in the story of AVATAR. Tim and I also guessed that it was a decent fit in the fact that in Animal Kingdom, you can trace along history and into the future in the lives of nature and wildlife; with Dinoland U.S.A. starting the timeline, leading up to a mythical look into the “future” with AVATAR.
So what are your thoughts on the new land? Is it something that interests you? Either way, with the expansion of Magic Kingdom in progress, and this new expansion in the works for 2013, Disney is proving themselves to truly be a company that is constantly dreaming and growing.