Park goers and Disney fans everywhere got a grand preview of Disney’s new Pandora land during their dedication ceremonies for the media. Disney’s Animal Kingdom unveiled a “world out of this world,” complete with massive mountains floating in the sky, rain forests pulsing light.
When it opens to the public on May 27, Pandora – The World of Avatar will transform and transport Walt Disney World guests to a new land 4.4 light years away from Earth.
Inspired by the blockbuster motion picture AVATAR from filmmaker James Cameron, the new 12-acre land immerses guests in the world of Pandora after the generation that lived through the human-Na’vi conflict in the film.
The world came to life with the collaboration of two master story tellers, Disney joined with Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment in a staggering multi-year project to bring the mythical world of Pandora to life. While Pandora land was inspired by Cameron’s film, it was not envisioned as an extension of the film.
“It’s not the movie AVATAR that we are portraying,” said Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. “It is the planet Pandora where you can come, you can visit, and have your own unique adventure. Rather than reliving the adventures of characters from the film, you’re going to come to the planet where those things happened — and have your own set of adventures you can own.”
The land is complete with two extraordinary attractions; Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. There is also a refreshments area, the Satu’ii Canteen where guests can recharge after or during their adventures.