Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Do we really need an ‘Avatar’ land? Disney is about to answer the doubters

Do we really need an ‘Avatar’ land? Disney is about to answer the doubters

Disney is about to find out whether anybody really wants to walk through the science fiction fantasy world of “Avatar.”

I was a bit mystified back in 2011 when plans were announced to build what would become known as Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

Universal had just opened the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter across town at Islands of Adventure. A second phase, which would become Diagon Alley, was rumored to be in the works. Many people viewed Avatar Land, as everybody called it then, as Disney’s response to Universal’s boy wizard coup.

The idea of an “Avatar”-themed land left me with more questions than...

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