Coming Soon: Avatar Theme Parks

Disney strikes deal to build them within its own parks

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 21, 2011 2:32 PM CDT

(Newser) Avatar fans who couldn't get quite close enough to the lush world of Pandora via 3D will be able to visit in real life. Or at least real life as brought to you by Disney. The company has struck a deal with James Cameron to build "Avatar Lands" within its own theme parks, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The first one will go up inside Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando. It's expected to cost about $500 million and won't be open until 2016. Cameron, meanwhile, is expected to release the next two movie installments in 2014 and 2015.

In this film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox, the characters Neytiri and Jake from Avatar.
In this film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox, the characters Neytiri and Jake from "Avatar."   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)
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