Disney’s Pandora: The World of Avatar
A brand new addition to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Bay Lake, Florida will be opening to the public this Saturday, and it might literally knock your socks off. On May 27, 2017, a 12- acre themed area based on the moon called Pandora from the movie Avatar, which is on its way to becoming a film series in the next few years (there are reportedly four sequels to the film being planned), will be making its long-awaited debut. The recreation of Pandora’s luscious green environment looks amazing and extremely realistic. Based off of what I’ve seen from the pictures of the park, Pandora: The World of Avatar looks just as real as the moon from the movie. This new Pandora attraction will be set in a time long after conflict between humans and the Na’vi, the natives of Pandora, has ended, giving the park a more peaceful atmosphere. The land of Pandora looks beautifully vivid and stunning to look at during the day, but it arguably looks even more striking at night. When park is shrouded in darkness, Pandora glows via bioluminescent flora that fills the area with bright and vibrant colors. Nearly every aspect of Disney’s World of Avatar looks incredible, and I honestly can’t wait to go one day.
Two of the main attractions of Pandora are the Flight of Passage, a 3-D simulated Banshee ride all above and around the world of Pandora, and the Na’vi River Journey, a boat ride through Pandora full of spectacular visuals that only get better and more detailed as you explore the river. The highlight of the ride is the nearly ten-foot tall animatronic Shaman of Songs, who is both playing an instrument and signing, making you feel like you are really watching the Na’vi people of a moon lightyears away from Earth. The team behind Pandora: The World of Avatar did a really good job of giving the area a similar feel and vibe as the Pandora from the movie has.
After many years of development and planning, James Cameron, the director of Avatar, can finally rest knowing that the Pandora-themed park has been built. It was back in 2011 that Cameron released his plans and ideas for the park, including the 3-D Banshee ride. However, construction did not begin until 2014. The park took a long time to plan and build due to the huge amount of intricate detail within every square inch of the park. The public will be able to explore Pandora: The World of Avatar for themselves beginning this Saturday and visitors are in for an unbelievably realistic experience.