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Disney to bring 'Avatar' world of Pandora to life

September 20, 2011 12:58:53 AM PDT
The world of Pandora from "Avatar" will come to life for Disney park visitors, the Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday.

Disney struck an exclusive deal to build theme park attractions based on James Cameron's "Avatar."

The first one will be built at the Animal Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla. in a land spanning several acres. It will cost around $400 million.

Cameron, who is working on the second and third installments of the blockbuster film that has grossed more than $2.8 billion, says the attractions will give visitors an immersive experience in the world of Pandora and would include animatronics and 3-D and holographic technology.

"Here's an opportunity to use all of the animatronic technology and all of the amazing craftsmanship and design capabilities of Imagineering, and possibly rolling in mixed media ... whatever makes sense to bring this world to life," Cameron said.

The attraction is in the early stages of development and is expected to take five years to complete.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said the long-term agreement includes the possible expansion of "Avatar" to Disney's other parks worldwide, but there are no immediate plans to do that.

News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that distributed "Avatar," also is a partner in the theme park and will distribute the next two films, which are set to be released in December 2014 and December 2015.

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