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In this week's poll, we ask whether you are still keen to see Walt Disney World open a new land decidated to James Cameron's Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

It's now more than eighteen months since Disney announced a partnership with James Cameron to bring an Avatar land to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Since then, the company has kept almost completely silent about its plans for the area, and little or no progress has been made on construction. Rumors have circulated that Walt Disney World will instead opt to install a clone of Disney California Adventure's Cars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, abandoning the Avatar project altogether.

This week, though, came a hint that Avatar Land may not be dead, after all. The debut of the new Adventurer's Outpost meet-and-greet location will enable Disney to close the Camp Minnie-Mickey area, creating room in which to install the Avatar attractions. Only the Festival of the Lion King show remains in that area, and that is widely expected to move to a new theater elsewhere in the park.

We have seen leaked blueprints of what might be in store for Avatar Land visitors. If construction does move ahead, the Avatar land is expected to host a major E-Ticket attraction that will simulate flight, as well as a boat ride around the fictional planet of Pandora.

Given Universal Orlando's massive investment in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, should Disney race ahead with its Avatar plans? Or are they simply not enough to compete with the draw of Potter?

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Let us know whether you think Disney should press ahead with its Avatar Land plans by voting in our poll below:

Should Walt Disney World still build Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom?

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In reply to by Visitor (not verified)

That isn't even remotely true. Universal is light years behind Walt Disney World. WWOHP is great, but it's criminally small and lacking in ambition, one of its three proper attractions is dire (and the duelling dragons coaster is pathetically under-themed) and adding the train and Diagonal Alley (to the OTHER park no less) isn't fully going to alleviate any of that. It'll still be cramped and have very little to do, and you're still going to be able to see the Forbidden Journey show building from Jurassic Park.

Putting WWOHP aside though, for all its plus points (and despite the problems outlined above, it has many pluses - including having one of the world's best examples of eyeline design), it's just a tiny fragment of one single park. A park that isn't very big and is mostly made up of some truly unremarkable rides, with the odd standout E-ticket scattered here and there. And everywhere but WWOHP and the Marvel section in that park needs a helluva lot of TLC.

Jurassic Park is a mess, the ride is in need of an overhaul but is generally okay. The Discovery Center is woefully decrepit though, with many of its features broken and the rest hideously old fashioned. The area's SIGNATURE attraction, Triceratops Encounter (I refuse to use the crappy newer name on principle), is all bar SBNO.

And that's just one example, there's many more examples of disrepair and lack of attention in IOA. Universal Studios Park proper has fared a little better, but not much - there are glaring defects with Men in Black and Terminator is being shuttered, but I know for a fact it was operating with one of its three 3D screens almost completely nonfunctional at times last year.

And then there's attractions like Twister. Twister is awful. It is a waste of everybody's time. But there it sits, like a gym sock on a shower rod, just DARING you to wish the space had been used for an attraction that was actually worth a damn.

Universal may have some great stuff, and it's greatest attractions are indeed world-leading (Spider-Man is still EASILY a candidate for best ride in the world outright, for example), but it is an incredibly uneven resort with only a few days worth of stuff to do at most. It is nowhere close to catching the consistent brilliance of Walt Disney World.

Bring back Beastly Kingdom! (Please?)

An Avatar Land is just a stupid idea and they should just abandon the project altogether. It doesn't tie in with the theme of Animal Kingdom, it was a lackluster movie that in my opinion really sucked, it won't really draw in any park guests because it won't be memorable like WWOHP, and within a decade or two the movie will be practically forgotten leaving Avatar Land to collect dust.

In reply to by Visitor (not verified)

You are absolutely correct. Is there a talking head getting in the way of the imagineers? Disney is sinking fast, and that's frightening.

Always thought Avatar was a bad/weird choice.. aside from the massive box office (which was mainly down to the novelty value) is there any real passion for this film? Will it be long lived enough to justify the investment?

I also really don't get how it fits in Animal Kingdom.. :S

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