Disney Parks boss says Avatar Land for Animal Kingdom still in development

Posted Friday, December 7, 2012 10:24 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Disney has said almost nothing about "Avatar Land" since announcing it more than a year ago, but Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs said Thursday that Disney remains enthusiastic about Avatar Land, which designers hope will bring the lush world known as "Pandora" to life inside Animal Kingdom. Analysts do not expect the land to open until at least 2017.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012 10:18 PM
Maverick00's avatar

I know it's old. I haven't heard anything about it for a while but when I went in August, there were signs up in the Millionaire building about future expansion. I'm not sure how old those signs are but it wouldn't be Disney like to keep them up if the plans have been scrapped.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 12:52 AM
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I really liked Brave. They took a chance creating a story with a female heroic lead and arguably no real villain. Maybe that was the problem for some, but I found it's uniqueness refreshing.

How can anyone not like Wall-E? That movie was pronominal. I suppose if you couldn't see the main character as someone who you would care about, because robots are not people, I could understand. But when I see a movie in which an artificially intelligent robot displayed feelings, or "a soul" if you will, I can easily connect with that character. Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence comes to mind as another example. I love that movie too.

And maybe the same could be said about the Toy Story movies. The third is my favorite, and for some strange reason, I get teary-eyed when I see that one, especially at the end. I guess I really loved my toys when I was a kid or something.

Up was ingenious. They made me fall in love with the old man with one small, sad montage about his life and how he got to where e is now. After that scene, I knew him. I totally cared about him, so whatever happened next had my attention.

Jeff, maybe you should make a new CoasterBuzz discussion category; Animated Film. This is a nice change of scenery. lol


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Monday, December 10, 2012 1:40 AM
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LostKause said:

I really liked Brave. They took a chance creating a story with a female heroic lead and arguably no real villain. Maybe that was the problem for some, but I found it's uniqueness refreshing.

It was unique, certainly. And in typical Pixar fashion, the aesthetics were wonderful. I just found the characters ok and the story really weak.

Up was ingenious. They made me fall in love with the old man with one small, sad montage about his life and how he got to where e is now. After that scene, I knew him. I totally cared about him, so whatever happened next had my attention.

Yup.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 3:35 AM

Jeff said:

Most people don't understand the quality of HD. They think they see HD when they watch a DVD on a big TV.

Reminds me of the guy who argued with me that all his standard channels looked infinitely better on his 55 inch TV than the HD channels did. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

The big problem with streaming is that too much is still not available in that format. Once the studios pull their heads out of their rears and accept that this is the new business model, then I think streaming can really become completely viable.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 9:39 AM
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Yea. I still have to slide my debt card at the Redbox sometimes to see the movies that I want to see. Even though I have many ways to stream movies into my home right now, the selection is weak.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 10:03 AM

I just checked my IAAPA notes. In the first year of sale at the butterbeer wagon outside, 1 million butterbeers at $10 each. $10,000,000 eclipses 85% of food and bevenue at US theme parks.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 10:09 AM

Butterbeer went/goes for $10 a pop? Never seen that..I had no idea it was more than 5-7 bucks. (haven't been to Orlando since mid 2K's)

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Monday, December 10, 2012 10:45 AM

The souvenir mugs probably do, but the regular cups are less.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 11:14 AM
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I'm pretty sure that regular butterbeers are $5. I remember remarking that my wife paid 50c more for her 16oz butterbeer than I did for my 20oz Heineken.

On a related note, how great is it that an amusement park has a happy hour!?


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Monday, December 10, 2012 1:06 PM
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Butterbeer is $2.99. Let's not be dramatic.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 1:45 PM
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So is it $3 (as Jeff says), $5 (as kpjb reports it) or $10 (in Agent Johnson's words) or in the $5-$7 range (Mike Gallagher's guess)?

Or $12 like this review says?

Or $4 regular and $10 souvenir like this person answers?

Sounds to me like Universal is using dynamic pricing on Butterbeer...or magic. Same thing. ;)

(winky means I'm joking)

But it is funny how wildly the reported price varies.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 4:26 PM
Jeff's avatar

Here's a photo of the menu. $2.99, or $3.99 for the frozen.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 4:30 PM

I'm so glad you didn't take that picture. I was so ready to accuse you of being a super nerd.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 5:22 PM
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I'm probably not nerdy enough, which is why MouseZoom never really took off.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 7:32 PM

The first act of Wall-E is a great character study (all on Earth,) the second act is a decent but misanthropic view of humanity, but then in act 3 the Hal 9000 plays the villain yet again (yawn.) You know exactly how the movie is going to end the moment the head machine on the ship tries to destroy the plant. Its way to predictable and over done.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 8:06 PM
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I don't think it was meant to be taken quite that seriously.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 8:58 PM
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Ahem.

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2008/07/04/the-meaning-behind-walle.php


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Monday, December 10, 2012 9:55 PM

Yeah, when that was said in the seminar, people were looking at each other. My thoughts were a souvenir type purchase. I had several during the IAAPA exclusive in 2010, including some bottle of pumpkin juice I think. I was back at IOA that Saturday, couldn't get near the cart or Three Broomsticks bar which also had them. Our speaker was a big fan of souvenir cups.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100621145755AAtTVA1

SO, I wonder how many of the regular butterbeers were sold? And, does Disney have a signature beverage like this?

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Monday, December 10, 2012 10:11 PM

The New Fantasyland features "LeFou's Brew" Disney's not-so-subtle attempt to replicate the success of Butterbeer.


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Monday, December 10, 2012 10:51 PM
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I said: I'm pretty sure that regular butterbeers are $5. I remember remarking that my wife paid 50c more for her 16oz butterbeer than I did for my 20oz Heineken.

Then Lord Gonchar said: So is it $3 (as Jeff says), $5 (as kpjb reports it) or $10 (in Agent Johnson's words) or in the $5-$7 range (Mike Gallagher's guess)?

Saving face here... she did get the frozen one, which puts it at $3.99 + tax. Maybe the Heineken was $3.50... hard to say... I had been drinking Heinekens at the time. According to Gonch that makes me a Republican with a 68% chance of voting.

edit: Okay, so my memory was a bit hazy:

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n222/jabxxp/IMG_3845.jpg

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