September 20, 2011 – Disney Announces Joint Partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment
“…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.”
On September 20, 2011, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide announced that they had entered into a partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, along with Fox Filmed Entertainment. This exclusive agreement would give Disney the rights to create a new park based on Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. It was also announced that the Avatar-themed land would be added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, with construction beginning in 2013. This agreement also gives Disney the opportunity to build other Avatar lands in other Disney Parks around the world.