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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Sept. 25, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

AVATAR Coming To Disney Parks

Wow, how about that for a week on the Disney Parks Blog. We shared several big announcements, including exciting news of our long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Disney Parks. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is planned as the site of the first AVATAR-themed land with construction expected to begin by 2013.

Answering Your Questions About AVATAR at Disney Parks

Hours after we posted the announcement, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, answered some of your questions right here on the blog. If you missed it, here are Tom’s answers.

Tradition and Magic at the Grand Opening of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

And it just got better at the end of the week when we announced the official opening of Aulani, our new resort and spa on Oahu. Tom and Bob Iger were joined by guests and Mickey and Minnie for the official dedication of the resort. Check out Tom’s post for some great images of the night.

The great stories didn’t stop there. Check the links below for some of the others we worked on this week.

New Halloween Merchandise Arrives at Disney Parks – Senior Character Artist with Disney Design Group Cody Reynolds gives us a look at this year’s newest Halloween merchandise.

Pirates Take Over the Disney Parks Blog – Commandeered by some scallywag pirate authors on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the blog featured some unique content for readers to enjoy.

Cake Boss Coming to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival –  We get a peek inside Buddy Valastro’s Hoboken bakery, where Buddy spent a few minutes telling us about his upcoming demo at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Frightful Fun at Disneyland Resort! – Many locations throughout Disneyland Resort are set to meet all of your Halloween needs including World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District and Disney Showcase in Disneyland park.

Disney Cruise Line Doubles the ‘Aloha’ with Second Hawaiian Cruise – Pack your bags, don your lei and get ready to say “aloha” to Hawai’i as Disney Cruise Line announces the addition of a second Hawai’i cruise to their 2012 schedule!

A Halloween ‘Treat’ from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – We give readers a sneak peek at this year’s “Boo to You” parade, featuring the addition of three new Disney characters.


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  • I for one am very intrigued by the Avatar announcement.

    It seems clear to me that Disney intends to focus on the environment, not necessarily specific characters. They want to give people the opportunity to walk into and explore the world of Pandora, similar to what Cars Land will be. I think that this could be very cool. I’m looking forward to reading more details when they become available.

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