Whether you loved the movie or not, you can’t deny that James Cameron’s Avatar was stunning to look at. Now, all those wonderful visuals are coming to the real world. After three years of construction, Disney’s Pandora-themed land will open very soon. To celebrate that fact, Disney has released a very special preview video.
“Virtually everything in the world is a custom-designed, complex, programmed piece of show equipment. Hundreds of plants, entire ride systems,” says Joe Rohde, a senior VP with Disney Imagineering. The 12-acre addition to Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL features two new rides, including Avatar: Flight of Passage, the main attraction.
Flight of Passage is a three-level experience which will allow riders to connect with the Banshee, the flying creatures from the film, and both dive and soar over the neon-colored world of Pandora. The project, which has been a well-kept secret, absolutely stunned James Cameron, who was able to see the world he worked so hard to build, brought to life:
“I don’t know if I can even express how it feels to see something that I imagined in 1995 suddenly made physically real. [...] They’re using the absolute cutting-edge technology, stuff that’s never been applied before.”
It seems only fitting that Avatar, the world’s highest grossing film until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theatres, would get a $500 million theme park land -- a land dedicated to the peaceful, gorgeous planet that was threatened to be overtaken by humans in the film. A sequel to Avatar is scheduled for release in 2018, with three more films in the series due to appear on the big screen in 2020, 2022, and 2023.
The area where the Avatar-dedicated land has been built was formerly home to Camp Minnie-Mickey. Pandora -- The World of Avatar will open its doors in summer of 2017. Check out the special preview below.