I'm here. Are you? The line for Avatar goes up to the park entrance. People are buying merch left and right. There's probably more people waiting to get in/or inside pandora then in Volcabo Bay right now and this is a "land".
I went a couple of weeks ago for the AP preview. I'll be there this evening to check out the plant lights. I'm not going because it's Avatar, I'm going because it's a cool new theme park thing. I'd be going just exactly the same if they had built something else on the same scale like Mysterious Island, or Beastly Kingdom, or Indiana Jones, or whatever. I'd be willing to bet that most of the people there are the same way. I bet if you asked all of the people walking around with those puppets on their shoulder what that animal is they would call it a dragon. I'm sure it also doesn't hurt that the park hasn't had a major new attraction added in over a decade
, so there will be plenty of people flocking to it just by that merit. Disney also has a wide, extra fanatical fanbase that Universal doesn't. So OF COURSE it's going to be busy. I'm sure there's some people there because they loved the movie, but there's no way that's why most of the people are there. And even if
somehow they are, that doesn't prove how relevant the property is. You can't really make any argument for that until it's still doing really well after a year, two years, five years, etc., and even then it's entirely possible it will just still be popular just because it's a well done themed attraction.