Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

You: "Uhhh... what?"

Me: "Exactly."

Disney announced plans today to develop numerous theme park attractions inspired by James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar.

I know, I don't get it either.

Check out details after the jump, then read on as I list the Top Five Overrated Movies That Disney Could Adapt Into Overrated Attractions. Dig it!

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today that Disney has licensed the exclusive global rights to Avatar, and that James Cameron himself will have a hand in developing the attractions. The first attraction will be located in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The attraction will reportedly allow visitors to "enter the Avatar universe and explore it first hand."

Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs stated the project is in the development phase, and that the attraction would include Avatar-themed shops and food destinations. Construction is expected to begin in 2013.

With Cameron's two upcoming Avatar sequels planned for release around Christmas 2014 and 2015, it would appear as if Disney hopes to unveil the new attractions around the same time.

Now, with all of that news out of the way, let me offer a commentary: Barf.

I've admittedly only seen about five minutes of Avatar while flipping through channels--and I know I'm probably one of only fourteen people on Earth who haven't seen it in its entirety--but I really don't understand the infatuation. From what little I've seen, it doesn't look that much more impressive than that shitty Final Fantasy movie they released back in 2001.

But hey, ten years ago, Disney had a Who Wants to be a Millionaire? attraction, so whatever. They don't still have that, do they? God, I hope not.

Anyway, I've gone ahead and listed the Top Five Overrated Movies That Disney Could Adapt Into Overrated Attractions. Hopefully none of these will ever come true. Fingers crossed.

5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

Whiz past racially-stereotyped robot aliens and John Turturro on this roller coaster thrill ride! Of course, with a top speed of nearly 300 miles per hour you'll have no fucking clue what's really going on around you, but who needs clarity and storyline when you've got explosions and CG! And Shia!

4. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

Nerds will wait in line for sixteen years for the chance to ride it, only to have their hopes and dreams crushed when they realize that it's just a watered-down and laughable version of the three rides that preceded it. Still, destroyed childhoods or not, they'll swear up and down that it's just as good as the originals as they continue to shell out oodles and oodles of cash in merchandise.

3. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

Pedal a bike as fast as you can while a creepy little alien rides along in your basket! You better be fast though or the feds (or whoever they are) will capture your little alien buddy and conduct some freaky experiments on him. Or at least that's what I assume happens in the movie because I've never made it through the first half hour without falling asleep.

2. Titanic

Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

Based on another James Cameron classic, this boat ride will leave you guessing all the way to the end! Just kidding. You hit an iceberg, sink, and die. The end. Roll the tears.

1. Avatar

Disney Develops "Avatar" Theme Park Attractions

Yeah... enough said.


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