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AVATAR Land @ WDW AK

Description

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks.  Announced on September 20 2011, the project will see an AVATAR-themed land begin construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2013, with opening expected in 2016.  The budget is speculated to be in the region of $500 million.

Details

AVATAR at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announcement Press Release

BURBANK (September 20, 2011) – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks. Through an exclusive agreement announced today by Disney, Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox, Disney will partner with Cameron and producing partner Jon Landau to create themed lands that will give theme park guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of AVATAR first hand. Disney plans to build the first AVATAR themed land at Walt Disney World, within the Animal Kingdom park. With its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the AVATAR stories, which share the same philosophy. Construction is expected to begin by 2013.

“James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “With this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James’ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney.”

“AVATAR created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new AVATAR films currently in development, we’ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,” said James Cameron. ”I’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our AVATAR universe to life. Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of AVATAR with an unprecedented sense of reality.”

The agreement announced today gives The Walt Disney Company exclusive global theme park rights to the AVATAR franchise and provides for additional AVATAR themed lands at other Disney parks. The other locations will be determined by Disney and its international theme park partners. James Cameron, Jon Landau and their Lightstorm Entertainment group will serve as creative consultants on the projects and will partner with Walt Disney Imagineering in the design and development of the AVATAR themed lands.

“This exciting new venture combines the world of AVATAR with the enormous reach of Disney and the incomparable talent of Jim Cameron,” commented Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. “While Jim is bringing audiences further into Pandora with the next two chapters in the AVATAR motion picture saga, the theme park attraction will likewise bring a new dimension to the amazing universe he created.”

“AVATAR is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. Its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures, and strong themes of family and loyalty make it a perfect fit for Disney,” said Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We can’t wait to give our guests the ability to journey to Pandora and explore the incredible immersive world of AVATAR in person.”

In addition to setting a global box office record, AVATAR has been hailed as one of the most innovative and visually stunning movies ever produced. With its advanced motion capture and 3-D digital projection technologies developed by James Cameron and his team, moviegoers were able to connect with the world of AVATAR in new and engaging ways.

This new venture complements Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ strategic efforts to continue to invest in its core theme park businesses around the world while simultaneously expanding into other parts of the family vacation business.

Disney Parks Blog Question and answers with Tom Staggs Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

The official Disney Parks Blog hosted a question and answer session with Tom Staggs.  His responses to some of the questions are shown below.
Original article

1) TIMING 

We got quite a few questions about the timing of our first AVATAR experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including this one from Adam, “Any idea when the experience will be open to guests?”

We’ve just begun the design phase on our Animal Kingdom project and we expect to begin construction in 2013. From start to finish, a project of this size and scope takes about 5 years to design and build. We can’t give you an exact date but we know that when it’s complete, it’s going to be a truly unforgettable experience.

2) IS THIS A PARK EXPANSION OR WILL “LAND” REPLACE SOMETHING? 

Several of you asked a similar question, including Doug from Utah – “Will it replace any existing attractions in Animal Kingdom, or will it be built in a new parcel of land within the park’s boundaries?”

Well, Doug, we’re just beginning the Blue Sky process so I don’t have much to share about how we are going to execute our vision for our first AVATAR land but we’re focused on this being an important addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I look forward to sharing more details as our plans progress.

3) SPECIFIC ATTRACTIONS 

Jenna from Winnetka, Ill., asks, “What types of attractions will be in AVATAR land?”

This was hands-down one of the most popular questions we got and understandably so. While we’re still in the very early stages of design and planning, we expect this land to be anchored by multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements. Our AVATAR lands will give guests the chance to see, hear and touch the world of Pandora and we can’t wait to dive in with James Cameron and his team as we create new experiences that will delight and thrill our guests.

4) FILM IS PG-13, HOW DOES THIS MATCH W/FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARK?

Some of you, including Logan in Carnesville, Ga., asked about whether AVATAR was a good fit for a family-friendly brand like Disney.

Thanks, Logan, I appreciate your candor in asking this question. At its core, AVATAR is a film that embraces strong, positive themes of family, loyalty, living in harmony with nature and belief in oneself – all values that we share at The Walt Disney Company. You can be sure that these are the same themes that we will explore throughout our AVATAR lands. They will be places where friends and families can spend time together getting lost in a fantasy world, one of the true hallmarks of any Disney theme park experience. And with two sequels in the works, we feel this is a creative property whose potential is limitless.

5) AVATAR AT OTHER DISNEY PARKS? 

We got several questions about whether there will be AVATAR experiences in parks/sites other than Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Kyle from Ontario asks, “Are there plans to add Avatar attractions at any other Disney parks?”

Well, Kyle, the only land we are announcing today is at Walt Disney World Resort but AVATAR is a possibility at any of our other locations. The first film AVATAR is a franchise with massive global appeal and its success at the box office both inside and outside of the U.S. – I should also note that as we determine our future locations, we look forward to working with our international theme park partners as our plans evolve.

6) ATTRACTION THEMING

Many of you, including Justin from Orlando, want to know, “How does AVATAR fit in with the Disney theme?” and more specifically, how does it fit in with the Animal Kingdom?

As I mentioned in a previous answer, AVATAR is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. With its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures and strong themes of family and loyalty, it’s a great fit for the Disney brand and our parks.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect place for our first AVATAR land because at its core, the park gives guests the opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical – in whole new ways. With AVATAR, we’ve found the perfect opportunity to let our guests explore one of the most compelling mythical worlds ever conceived. Animal Kingdom also celebrates adventure, living in harmony with nature and environmental stewardship – themes that are deeply rooted in the story of AVATAR.

7) WHY BUY SOMEONE ELSE’S IDEA INSTEAD OF LETTING WDI COME UP WITH SOMETHING? 

Some of you asked why we would choose to collaborate with an outside partner rather than use our own Disney characters and stories to expand the parks. We are as committed as ever to creating attractions and entertainment around favorite Disney characters and stories – with Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park and our expansion of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park being two great examples. At the same time, we like to look beyond our own walls at non-Disney properties, like STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES, creating some of our most popular attractions. At the end of the day, we are focused on creating a great experience for our guests and I truly believe that this unique partnership with James Cameron and AVATAR gives us an entire world of imaginative creatures, fascinating locations and intriguing characters with which to do that.

What is AVATAR?

View the Internet Movie Database description, and see the “Pandora Discovered” video below for a look at the environement.

Where in Disney’s Animal Kingdom will AVATAR land be built?

Since opening day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had two main areas reserved for future expansion.

Firstly, the area to the west of the park, and currently occupied by Camp Minnie-Mickey, is a strong contender. Originally planned for Beastly Kingdom, this area was largely put together as the park neared opening as a somewhat temporary “stop gap” until the next wave of construction could begin.

The second likely area that has been cleared and prepared for expansion is the area to the north of the park, just beyond Asia. This plot of land was prepped around the time of Kali Rapids for future expansion.

View a satellite image of the two expansion areas.

Budget and Timescales

The rumored budget for the development at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is in the region of $500 million.

Construction is expected to begin in 2013, with opening in 2016.

Media coverage of the AVATAR announcement

Orlando Sentinel
Wall Street Journal

http://www.wdwmagic.com/Attractions/avatar.htm

Apple Wants To ‘Talk iPhone’

Apple wants to ‘talk iPhone’ on October 4th — Engadget.

Well, it’s about freaking time! Apple has finally begun sending out invites for its upcoming press conference, and the company’s being none too subtle with the hints, offering up some familiar app icons in the artwork and the tagline “Let’s talk iPhone.” As to whether it’ll be an iPhone 5, 4S or some other new formation, we’ll all have to wait until the event to find out — and you’d better believe we’ll be there at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters to find out.

 

The New Facebook Profile / Timeline


Well it was announced last week by Mark Zuckerberg himself, the new look and features of Facebook!  There seems like not only is the entire look of Facebook is on the verge of changing the way you will access it!  I read that at the upcoming Apple big press conference to announce the new iPhone and products, they will announce the new HD app for the iPad and I am sure a new one for the iPhone!  The new profile Looks really cool and you can apply to use it in advance at the link!  Leo Laporte, THE Tech Guy is calling this a major PIVOT for Facebook to make these changes!  He feels it is very risky!  He brings up a great point that people really trusted Facebook because it was a private closed system.  He brought up that it is becoming more and more public.  The subscription thing, the live feed on what everything everyone is doing thing is starting to piss everyone off!  Just look at the HUGE revolt in the past week on these few small changes!   Its funny, people are threatening to go back to My____ , No thanks! October will be an interesting month for Facebook!  I hope the 1/2 a billion users a DAY don’t PIVOT!

http://www.facebook.com/about/profiles

http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline

10 Things Every Small-Business Website Needs

Here is a great article I found on what every small business website needs!

10 Things Every Small-Business Website Needs – www.entrepreneur.com

From contact information to customer testimonials, here are the essentials that will effectively help you do business.

1. A clear description of who you are
2. A simple, sensible Web address
3. An easily-navigated site map
4. Easy-to-find contact information
5. Customer testimonials
6. An obvious call to action
7. Know the basics of SEO
8. Fresh, quality content
9. A secure hosting platform
10. A design and style that’s friendly to online readers

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217499

Crack The Surface

Crack The Surface – Episode I from SilentUK on Vimeo.

- Love these type of films shot with HD DSLR’s and it looks AMAZING – Crack The Surface 2 Soon! – Rob :)

The first in a series of short documentaries focusing on the culture of Urban Exploring, those who risk it all to access and infiltrate closed or forgotten spaces.

Not much else to say, watch it for yourself.

Produced In Association With :

silentuk.com
sub-urban.com
placehacking.co.uk

Filmed Using :

Canon DSLR : 550D / 5D / 7D
GoPro Hero HD

First impressions from MetLife Stadium

First impressions from MetLife Stadium

September, 19, 2011

By Mike Sando
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Arriving early for “Monday Night Football” allowed for a quick self-tour around the MetLife Stadium grounds.

A few first impressions:

  • The New York Giants‘ offices and practice facility are here as well, with a security gate controlling vehicle access to the parking lot. A large plasma TV showing NFL Network greets visitors to the bright lobby with vaulted ceiling and abundant natural light (what is this,Better Homes and Gardens?). You can read more about the offices and practice facility here.
  • The stadium has a modern look from the outside, but it’s the inside that is truly spectacular, instantly making this look like one of the best places in the NFL to watch a game. Back into BHG mode: The sunshine on this Monday adds vibrance to the white-on-blue end zones and FieldTurf surface speckled with black rubber infill.
  • The light brown and metallic gray seats framing the field are understated. They also seem close to the field. Visitors probably feel more surrounded here than at stadiums with fewer seats or more distance between field and upper decks. I don’t know how the measurements compare to those of other stadiums, but that is the feeling.
  • Each corner of the stadium features a large videoboard on the suite level sandwiched between the upper deck and second levels. These screens do not even attempt to compare with the massive screen distinguishing Jerry Jones’ stadium in Dallas, but they fit well with the open-air stadium.
  • The MetLife signage knows its place and doesn’t intrude like an unwanted solicitor. I’m noticing blue-lettered signage attached to the upper-deck facade above each end zone, and additional digital display on the video scoreboard ring around the stadium.
  • The lettering honoring Andy Robustelli, Joe Morrison, Y.A. Tittle and other Giants greats is on the small side, with first names in even smaller type and stacked above last names. It’s tough to see the “Amani” above the “Toomer” across the field, but if you have to ask what it says above Toomer’s name, it’s time to brush up on your NFL fan credentials, anyway.

I’ve hit my limit for first impressions. Better back off before someone assigns me to the new stadium minutiae blog.

– Great Article! :)

Big Bang Theory Season 5

Got To LOVE THE GEEKS!  Excited about not one but 2 new season 5 shows tonight!

Whats on tap so far this season:

5.01 – The Skank Reflex Analysis
Penny worries that she’s screwed things up permanently with her friends, while Sheldon takes command of the paintball team.

5.02 – The Infestation Hypothesis
A fight between Sheldon and Penny leaves Amy caught in the middle, while Leonard tries to spice up his long-distance relationship with Priya. 

5.03 – The Pulled Groin Extrapolation
Leonard and Amy get to know each other better, while Howard and Bernadette spend the weekend with Mrs. Wolowitz.

5.04 – The Wiggly Finger Catalyst
Raj finally meets a girl he can communicate with.

5.05 – THE RUSSIAN ROCKET REACTION
Sheldon and Leonard get invited to a party at Wil Wheaton’s house, and Howard gets an out-of-this-world opportunity.

Got to love the cast descriptions!

  • Leonard Hofstadter Ph.D., portrayed by Johnny Galecki, is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173 who received his Ph.D when he was 24 years old. He shares an apartment with colleague and friend, Sheldon Cooper. He and Penny dated at one point during the series, but they have since broken up. He has been dating Raj’s sister, Priya.
  • Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D., portrayed by Jim Parsons, is a theoretical physicist. Originally from East Texas, he was a child prodigy, starting college at the age of 11, right after completing the fifth grade. He has an IQ of 187 and exhibits a strict adherence to routine; a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm, and humor; and a complete lack of humility or basic empathy.
  • Penny, portrayed by Kaley Cuoco, is the attractive, blonde neighbor who lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard. She has aspirations to a career in show business, and has been to casting calls and auditions but has not been successful thus far. To pay the bills, she works as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory. Her last name has never been revealed. She and Leonard dated at one point during the series, but they have since broken up. In the finale episode of Season 4, she was shown to have slept with Raj after drunkenly telling him that she regrets splitting up with Leonard.
  • Howard WolowitzM.Eng., portrayed by Simon Helberg, works as an aerospace engineer. He is Jewish, and lives with his mother. Unlike Sheldon, Leonard, and Raj, Howard lacks a Ph.D. He defends this by pointing out that he has a master’s degree in Engineering from MIT and the apparatus he designs are actually built and launched into space, unlike the purely abstract work of his friends. He provides outrageous pick-up lines and fancies himself a ladies man with suitably unimpressed reactions from Penny. Though he finds that he has limited success with other women at first, he begins dating Bernadette in season 3, but they break up; they get back together in the Season 4 episode “The Hot Troll Deviation”, and become engaged in the episode “The Herb Garden Germination”.
  • Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D., portrayed by Kunal Nayyar, originally comes from New Delhi, India. He is an astrophysicist. Known commonly as “Raj”, he works alongside Sheldon exploring the string theory implications of gamma rays from dark matter annihilations. He is very shy around women and is physically unable to talk to them unless he drinks alcohol. However, he has much better luck with women as opposed to his overly confident best friend Howard. His sister, Priya, has been dating Leonard.
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski, Ph.D., portrayed by Melissa Rauch, is a waitress and co-worker of Penny paying her way through graduate school microbiology studies. Bernadette is introduced to Howard by Penny. At first she and Howard do not get along, as they appear to have nothing in common. When they find out that they both have overbearing mothers, they feel a connection. She was upgraded to main cast status in the episode “The Hot Troll Deviation”, in which she and Howard revisit their previously unsuccessful relationship.
  • Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D., portrayed by Mayim Bialik, is a woman Raj and Howard meet on an online dating site using a faux account for Sheldon. She is essentially a female duplicate of Sheldon and she and Sheldon become friends although, as Sheldon claims, she is a girl and is his friend, but she is not his girlfriend.
No. in
series
No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
88 1 The Skank Reflex Analysis[96] Mark Cendrowski Story: Eric Kaplan, Maria Ferrari & Anthony Del Broccolo
Teleplay: Chuck LorreBill Prady & Steven Molaro
September 22, 2011 3X6851
89 2 The Infestation Hypothesis[97] Mark Cendrowski Story: Bill Prady, Steven Molaro & Maria Ferrari
Teleplay: Chuck Lorre, Jim Reynolds & Steve Holland
September 22, 2011 3X6852
90 3 The Pulled Groin Extrapolation[98] Mark Cendrowski Story: Bill Prady, Steven Molaro & Dave Goetsch
Teleplay: Chuck Lorre, Eric Kaplan & Jim Reynolds
September 29, 2011
91 4 The Wiggly Finger Catalyst[99] Mark Cendrowski Story: Chuck Lorre, David Goetsch and Anthony Del Broccolo
Teleplay: Bill Prady, Steven Molaro and Steve Holland
October 6, 2011
92 5 The Russian Rocket Reaction[100] Mark Cendrowski Story: Bill Prady, Steven Molaro & Jim Reynolds
Teleplay: Chuck Lorre, Eric Kaplan & Maria Ferrari
October 13, 2011

The iPhone 4S

BGR reports on a new research note from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, who claims that Apple will be introducing only one new iPhone model, the so-called “iPhone 4S”, at its October 4th media event. The claim runs contrary to some other recent rumors that Apple will be introducing both an iPhone 4S and a redesigned iPhone 5, but agrees with other analysts who have seen no sign of a redesigned iPhone 5 coming through Apple’s supply chain.

“We expect the focus of the new iPhone will be iOS 5, a speedier A5 processor and a higher resolution 8 MP camera with a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen,” Blair wrote. “We believe the casing will be largely similar to the iPhone with some particular modifications to the antennae [sic]. We don’t expect a second, dramatically different iPhone to accompany this as we don’t think Apple needs to have 3 models in the market to address the high end, mid-tier and low end since the iPhone 4 (with memory lowered to 8 GB) will drop to $99 and effectively attack those markets.”

The complete lack of parts evidence for a redesigned iPhone 5 has led to serious questions about the potential for such a device being launched this fall, and with the iPhone 4S having been seen sporting an A5 processor it seems possible Apple may be planning only the iPhone 4S as its next-generation iPhone model.

Where Can I Get A Cheap iPad?

Question From Kristen :
Hey Robert, where can I get a cheap IPad and what do you recommend? Thanks 

Answer : Apple Discounts NOTHING! The only way to get a cheaper iPad is to get a refurbished one. Here is the link!  The first gen iPad is fine and is $400 bucks in the refurb store!  The new iPAd 2 is def a lil lighter, faster and the camera in the front is nice!  Rumor has it Q1 of 2012 will bring the iPad 3, so prices may drop after the holiday season.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad?afid=p219

Cars 2 On Blu-Ray / DVD

Cars 2 ON Blu-Ray / DVD

disney.go.com/cars

Although I have not seen it yet, yes I know its CRAZY, I am excited for the Blu-Ray release!  This may be the first Pixar movie I did NOT see in the theater!

Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally (Bonnie Hunt), and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs return to the screen in this sequel to Pixar’s Cars (2006). But instead of evoking a nostalgic vision of Route 66 through the American Southwest, director John Lasseter and his artists spoof James Bond films in a fast-paced adventure that mixes espionage and road racing. After a successful season on the track, Lightning is looking forward to some rest at home, but Mater gets him involved in an elaborate three-part international race sponsored by Sir Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) to promote his new synthetic auto fuel. While serving on Lightning’s pit crew, Mater inadvertently gets mixed up with two British secret agent cars, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), who are investigating a plot to sabotage the race. Myriad complications ensue before Lightning and Mater get back to the (relative) peace of Radiator Springs. The Pixar artists clearly had a lot of fun spoofing locations in Tokyo, London, Paris, and the Italian Riviera, and creating auto versions of sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, Queen Elizabeth II, and a doting Italian mother. The use of 3-D adds adrenaline to the racing sequences. Cars 2 lacks the emotional impact of Toy Story 2, Up, and most of the other Pixar features, but that will do little to lessen its appeal to its target audience, boys who love cars, driving games, and car toys. Cars 2 is screening with Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, a new short with Woody, Buzz, Barbie, Ken, and the rest of the Toy Story gang. (Rated G: minor toilet humor and a few scary moments.)

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