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James Cameron shares possible name for Disney's Avatar-themed land

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jun 2, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
James Cameron has leaked more details about plans for Walt Disney World's new Avatar-themed land, currently under construction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Until now, the former Camp Minnie-Mickey area has been nicknamed "Avatar Land." Cameron spoke at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31 and said of the project, "It's going to be called, I believe, 'Pandora: The Land of Avatar'."

Other details he shared were:

"It's going to have floating mountains. It's pretty cool. I've seen the model and the design work the Imagineering people have done is spectacular. They've got a quarter inch to the foot scale model of the whole park and I've looked at all the sight lines...it's not a park, it's a land within the park but a land is not just a ride. There will be several rides and a number of other attractions. It's really just a place you're gonna wanna go and hang out. It's gonna be gorgeous. Of course it's gonna be gorgeous at night and they're using every new trick, every new bit of technology that they've created.

The animatronics for the Na'vi characters are gonna be fantastic. For example, their early animatronics would use 12 axis of motion and I think the most they've ever done was 32 axis recently. I think they're up to 64 just in the face of the Na'vi characters. So it's gonna be remarkable. They really see it as a major, major attraction."

Cameron also mentioned some sort of smell being added so guests would feel that they were actually in a rain forest.

The Avatar section of the park is scheduled to open in 2017.