Bob Iger and James Cameron Discuss Changing ‘Flight of Passage’

James Cameron and Disney CEO Bob Iger recently discussed plans to expand Avatar and Pandora's presence in Walt Disney World Resort.

Avatar fans have been waiting for news about the very-long-awaited sequel (make that multiple sequels) to the original 2009 Avatar film — especially since Walt Disney World Resort only whetted fans’ appetites by installing the popular Flight of Passage simulator ride in the Animal Kingdom, which can have as high as a four-hour wait in line and allows Guests to experience riding Banshees as the N’avi do.

Now it looks like Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and Avatar director and creator James Cameron might have something else in mind for the world of Pandora!

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The original Avatar movie premiered in 2009. It starred Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, and Zoe Saldana. Credit: 20th Century Studios

Director James Cameron recently spoke to Variety and made it clear in the interview that he has had some very promising discussions with the now-returned Disney CEO Bob Iger!

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Kate Winslet as Ronal, a leader of the N’avi in Avatar: The Way of Water. Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington are returning as Neytiri and Jake Sully, while Sigourney Weaver is returning in a new role. Credit: Empire Magazine

“When Bob Iger came back a couple weeks ago, I did send him an email and say, ‘You know, we can do “Avatar 2” and 3 motifs and put them into the physical hardware of “Avatar Flight of Passage.” Cameron revealed. “He liked that idea”.

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Avatar Flight of Passage is an Animal Kingdom ride inspired by Avatar and Pandora. credit: Disney

That sounds promising to us! Cameron did add that “nothing has been decided,” but he also added that “we would like to carry that along and update it from time to time with things that flow back out of the new movies. Because I think there’s a good synergy between the physical base where you can go and just kind of meditate and be on Pandora and how the movies progress the story and bring in new imagery.”

Perhaps the Avatar Flight of Passage ride will get some Avatar: The Way of Water updates after the movie premieres later this month — or maybe some updates related to the Pandora ocean conservation initiative that Disney has just announced! Or perhaps James Cameron and Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger will decide to commit to an entirely new ride somewhere else in the Animal Kingdom!

Are you a fan of the Avatar Flight of Passage ride in the Animal Kingdom Disney Park? Are you excited to see Avatar: The Way of Water?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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