Disney, James Cameron Preview 'Avatar' Attraction Plans (Video)

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The director of the hit movie is involved in the creation of the future Animal Kingdom attraction, to open 2017.

Disney first announced plans to create an Avatar-themed attraction at its Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., some time ago. Although it won't open until 2017, the company has released a video showing James Cameron and team inspecting progress on the process so far.

In a blog post accompanying the release of the video, Disney chief creative executive of Imagineering Bruce Vaughn wrote that the creative process for the attraction "has been one of the most dynamic and collaborative ones we've ever undertaken," noting that the development team headed by Joe Rohde has "been working hand in hand with [Cameron], Jon Landau and their team of artists and designers at Lightstorm on every aspect of this project, from overall design to the smallest — yet crucially important — details."

Tom Staggs, COO of the Walt Disney Company (and former chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts), and Bob Iger both have been instrumental in the design and development of the attraction, according to Vaughn.

Cameron was quoted in the post as saying, "Thanks to Disney's amazing Imagineers, people are going to truly experience Pandora firsthand. From the details in the plants to the production and design, extraordinary thought and care has gone into this entire world. The teams have really created something special, and it's not going to be like anything else."

Construction on the attraction began in early 2014, with an opening expected in 2017, coinciding with the first of three projected sequels to the 2009 movie.