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Disney to announce Avatar theme park attractions

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

By the time that the sequel to Avatar hits theaters in three years, you could go to Disneyland and ride on an Avatar theme park ride.

A story is breaking that the Walt Disney Company is about to announce that they have secured the theme park ride license for Avatar, and will build rides and attractions into its Florida and California theme parks. The deal is unusual for Disney in that it's only made theme park attractions for two other high profile properties that it didn't own, namely Star Wars (through the Star Tours motion ride) and Indiana Jones.

Avatar is still the highest-grossing movie of all-time, and with an Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 being developed right now by creator James Cameron, there's plenty of new stories to be told about the distant world of Pandora and the tall, blue-skinned Na'vi.

Disney lost out when Universal picked up the ride rights to Harry Potter and built an attraction in its Universal Studios Florida location. The Harry Potter attraction has made a huge impact and brought in tens of millions of curious park customers.

So, would Disney follow a path similar to its Star Tours sit-down ride or go for something different? What are your ideas on building a ride to experience Avatar in real life?

-The Los Angeles Times.

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