The 3D hit “Avatar” released in theaters a little over eight years ago, the cinematic dreamscape pulled in over $760M domestically before going on to make $2.78B globally. Almost a decade later however, Disney is bringing the franchise front-and-center in its Animal Kingdom parks. Disney will open the new Avatar themed attractions in May, calling the site “Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom”.
The official launch date for ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ will be on Saturday, May 27th, the announcement was made today by Disney CEO Bob Iger during The Walt Disney Company Shareholders meeting. Disney described the new destination in a release today stating, “Inspired by Academy-award winning filmmaker James Cameron’s box-office hit, “AVATAR,” the new 12-acre land will immerse guests in the lush world of Pandora about a generation after the film’s human-Na’vi conflict.”
The new attraction will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Disney went on to describe the location saying, “The magical new land will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees.”
There will be two main adventures that will anchor the new attractions at Animal Kingdom. The Mountain Banshee will have guests soaring across Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage. This high-tech adventure will offer a flight through the jungles and floating mountains, and over the majestic oceans of this colorful world. As we previously mentioned, there will also be the Na’vi River Journey. On this adventure guests will sail down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest. The expedition will end with an encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. Guests will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.
The expansion completes the transformation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom from a day into nighttime theme park with captivating offerings and extended entertainment. Pandora – The World of Avatar is a creative collaboration by Walt Disney Imagineering, Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring to life the mythical world of Pandora. Disney will also be expanding “Star Wars” into a 14 acre wonderland for fans of the force.