Disney Reveals New Details About Pandora World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom
Years of jokes about Animal Kingdom’s Avatar land opening may finally come to an end as Disney has announced it will officially open Avatar land in summer 2017. Disney also revealed more information about the story of the bridge that will connect Pandora to the rest of the park.
Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks and Resorts, gave us a look into the future of the newest addition to the Walt Disney World Resort. The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will give guests a transformational experience they will never forget!
As part of Chapek’s conversation with D23 host Jeffrey Epstein, he revealed the new entry bridge to Pandora: The World of Avatar. According to the story line developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, this bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA – Resources Development Administration came to Pandora. Now that they are long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence. This bridge will soon serve as an entry into the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that will host explorers on their Pandora adventure.
“I think the thing I’m most excited about right now to experience would be everything in Pandora.” Chapek said. “From the place-making to the two extraordinary attractions that will be in the land – both the Na’vi River Journey as well as Avatar Flight of Passage, these promise to set new high-watermarks for our experiential magic we give our guests.”
Chapek shared details of the two, new signature attractions of Avatar Flight of Passage, where guests will fly over the jungles of Pandora on a Mountain Banshee and Na’vi River Journey, a family-friendly boat ride through the bioluminescent forests.
The forest isn’t the only thing that will glow. The new land is also said to have bio-luminescent flora which will make the very ground you walk on glow!
He also gave a first look at the new Satu’li Canteen, which is the main dining establishment for Pandora, featuring Na’vi art and cultural items; Windtraders, where travelers can purchase Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more; and the Pongu Pongu, a drink location with a design that is as eclectic as its Expat owner.
Take a first look at one of the extremely impressive animatronics that will be part of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And yes, it’s really an animatronic and NOT CGI!
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