PHOTO - New shot from inside Pandora - The World of Avatar and description of the land

Mar 09, 2017 in "Pandora - The World of Avatar"

The Pandora landscape
Posted: Thursday March 9, 2017 5:16pm EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's big marketing day for Pandora - The World of Avatar continues, with a new photo of the Pandoran landscape, and a descriptive walkthrough of the experiences that await.

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens May 27 at Walt Disney World Resort. The all-new land will immerse guests in a mystical world of massive floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences.

The largest addition in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora carries on the park’s tradition of celebrating the intrinsic value of nature, transformation through adventure and a personal call to action.

Based on Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s record-breaking box-office hit, AVATAR, the new land welcomes guests to the lush world of Pandora long after the human conflict with the native Na’vi inhabitants has ended. The dramatic daytime beauty of the land transforms to glow by night when bioluminescent flora and intricate nighttime experiences add a dreamlike quality to Pandora.

Pandora – The World of Avatar is a creative collaboration of Walt Disney Imagineering, Cameron and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

“We are taking our guests on a journey to this world in an experience that’s as realistic and immersive as possible,” says Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. “In the movie, the world of Pandora is a setting for the action and characters whose story we follow. Here, guests are the primary characters immersed in an extremely vivid, authentic experience.”

Guests to Disney’s Animal Kingdom cross the park’s Discovery River into Pandora – The World of Avatar and continue along a winding rainforest path for their first glimpse of the land’s iconic floating mountains.

“When guests come across the bridge, they are transferred light-years away, to the Alpha-Centauri solar system and Pandora,” says Jon Landau, AVATAR producer, Lightstorm Entertainment. “It’s an otherworldly, fully-themed experience.”

As guests explore the verdant terrain sprawling beneath mountains that appear to float in the sky, they see waterfalls cascading down the mountainside into meandering streams and pools, and they discover two thrilling new expeditions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.

Avatar Flight of Passage launches each guest on an exhilarating, wind-in-your-face experience on a winged mountain banshee over the awe-inspiring world of Pandora. Guests will actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they soar through the forest and past floating mountains. What was a rite of passage for Na’vi in Cameron’s film becomes a multisensory experience for guests seeking the ultimate adventure – a faceoff with the most feared predator of Pandora, the Great Leonopteryx.

On the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, guests travel down a sacred river deep into a bioluminescent rainforest. The eight-seat reed boats float past exotic glowing plants and Pandoran creatures into the midst of a musical Na’vi ceremony. The mystical journey culminates in an encounter with a breathtakingly realistic Na’vi Shaman of Songs who is deeply connected with Pandora’s life force and sends positive energy through her music into the forest.

“The Pandora landscape will be alive with creatures,” Rohde says. “We’re bringing to life everything from the largest creature you might encounter to the most microscopic. Animals will appear out of the underbrush – big Pandoran animals will appear at the edge of the forest and you’ll hear the very complicated calls they issue back and forth.”

The thriving Pandoran landscape conveys intrinsic park messages of the value of nature, transformation through adventure and conservation and stewardship.

The artful storytelling in Pandora continues as guests stop for sustenance at the land’s Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”), a Quonset-hut-style building. The fast-casual restaurant is inspired the healthful bounty of Pandora – wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins. Guests can grab a drink at nearby Pongu Pongu.

Windtraders is a shopper’s delight where guests can choose from Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more.

Authenticity and realism were drivers in the creation of Pandora, and the result is a world beyond belief.

“The attractions have very deliberate emotional moments crafted into them, the way a good story does, the way a good film does.” Rohde says. “It’s not as simple as just coming to a place that looks realistic. It’s a place that’s been deliberately imbued with the emotions of awe, of wonder, of respect, of harmony.”

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*Grand Admiral Thrawn*Mar 01, 2020

I agree! Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom are the best Disney parks in my opinion. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios still need a lot more work.

TrainChasersFeb 29, 2020

DAK is a very different park. But I think it’s by far the most cohesive park in the USA right now. The only thing that is out of place is Dino-land and it does work thematically even though it shouldn’t be there. The park feels the most complete to me. But I also enjoy spending time watching the animals and exploring the details.

MisterPenguinFeb 23, 2020

You wondered if people's reactions were to your spelling. I told you what they were reacting to. That's all.

JabbasFeb 23, 2020

That’s why it is called an opinion. We all have different views, and there is nothing wrong with that. But regardless, you replied to another comment of mine and it seemed a little snarky. I’m not here for petty comments or judgment, I’m here for my love of Disney. Inside and outside of the parks.

MisterPenguinFeb 22, 2020

Spelling isn't the issue. It's calling a park very highly regarded by many as underwhelming. It was the opinion that got the reactions, not any typos.

JabbasFeb 22, 2020

I had replied earlier that I was typing on my phone with my toddler in my lap, SORRY about the spelling.

MisterPenguinFeb 22, 2020

I think the reactions are to "Animal Kingdom is still completely underwhelming." Among many park fans, DAK is considered one of the best parks. But, everyone's entitled to their opinions. ;)

tractor tipperFeb 22, 2020

Now we have distracted texting.

JabbasFeb 22, 2020

I’m sorry about the spelling, don’t know if that’s why you put a laughing face but I was typing on my phone with 2 year old trying to grab it.

JabbasFeb 21, 2020

Went this weekend for the first time since they completed Pandora. While pandora is beautiful at night, Animial Kingdom is still complete underwhelming. I think after Epcot catches up after all the contraction this park will still need something. It’s still lacking compared to the other 3. Hollywood studios blew me out of the water with the new addition, it used to be the worst park.

*Grand Admiral Thrawn*Jan 18, 2020

I absolutely agree! Its a beautiful ride but needs a lot more AA's and to be a bit longer.

Kate FJan 11, 2020

Did Navi River for the first time this trip. Verdict: glad we had a Fastpass for it. Wasn’t bad but nothing to right home about. Needed to be a few minutes longer and have more animatronics.

disneygeek90Dec 16, 2019

Yes! It was beautiful. I'd expect that's how they always imagined it should look, glad they took the time on this detail.

Disney AnalystDec 16, 2019

Yep.