Disney will be adding a whole new world to its theme-parks, and it’s coming in the shape of Avatar. The world of Pandora will be experienced like never before thanks to the cooperation of James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, who are busy bringing the fantastic world of Avatar to to life in the iconic parks.
Disney shared the first images of the park’s expansion earlier today, including the scale model that you see below. There are also a few artist’s renderings of the AVATAR-Themed Land during the day, that will be headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. This is Disney’s “imagineering” of Pandora, “as a real place for our guests to see, hear and touch”. The images were shared at the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, Disney stated, “in the world of AVATAR guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.”
There will also be live performers on Discovery Island, and it’s the largest expansion in the history of the park including, “all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River that will delight our guests and truly cap off their day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park will introduce more nighttime entertainment as well, including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured above) and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.”
James Cameron, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Imagineer Joe Rohde are seen in the images above viewing the scale model of the expansion.