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Disney World’s next big attraction – Pandora, The World of Avatar

 

 

Boat rides through glowing forests and floating mountains: New pictures offer a sneak peek of Disney World’s next big attraction – Pandora, The World of Avatar

  • Pandora, The World of Avatar will be housed in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom – and will open in 2017
  • Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, said he believed the attraction is a leap forward
  • Guests will be able to dine in an incredible Na’vi restaurant and take an ‘Avatar flight of passage’

New images have been unveiled that offer a tantalising glimpse of Walt Disney World Resort’s big new attraction for 2017 – and it looks out of this world.

Pandora, The World of Avatar will be housed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and recently released pictures show how visitors will be able to take a boat ride through bioluminescent forests and dine in a Na’vi canteen.

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, said that he believed the attraction at the Florida resort represents a leap forward for it.

New images have been unveiled that offer a tantalising glimpse of Walt Disney World Resort’s big new attraction for 2017 – and it looks out of this world

New images have been unveiled that offer a tantalising glimpse of Walt Disney World Resort’s big new attraction for 2017 – and it looks out of this world

Guests will be able to venture down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest. The full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as the canoes pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, Disney said

He said: ‘I think the thing I’m most excited about right now to experience would be everything in Pandora.

‘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 – 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.

This rendering shows the new Satu’li Canteen, which is the main dining establishment for Pandora, featuring Na’vi art and cultural items

This rendering shows the new Satu’li Canteen, which is the main dining establishment for Pandora, featuring Na’vi art and cultural items

The latter ride is described as a journey ‘down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest’. Canoes ‘pass exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures’ as ‘the full beauty of Pandora reveals itself’.

At the end ‘a Na’vi shaman who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora’ is waiting. She ‘sends positive energy out into the forest through her music’.

Chapek 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, an exotic location in which to purchase drinks.

Pongu Pongu (pictured here) will be an exotic location in which to purchase drinks

Pongu Pongu (pictured here) will be an exotic location in which to purchase drinks

At Windtraders (pictured here), travelers will be able to find Na'vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more

At Windtraders (pictured here), travelers will be able to find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more

James Cameron, who directed the Avatar movie, and producer Jon Landau, have both been involved in the Disney Avatar project (pictured)

James Cameron, who directed the Avatar movie, and producer Jon Landau, have both been involved in the Disney Avatar project (pictured)

Using Na'vi-inspired shovels and assisted by a Na'vi  (left to right) George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts;  Jon Landau, Avatar producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, pose during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Avatar land

Using Na’vi-inspired shovels and assisted by a Na’vi (left to right) George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Jon Landau, Avatar producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, pose during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Avatar land

The ‘awe-inspiring’ land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will give guests a transformational experience they will never forget, Disney said.

James Cameron, who directed the Avatar movie, and producer Jon Landau, have both been involved in the Disney Avatar project.

Chapek’s sneak peek follows research that revealed the best times to visit Disney World to avoid queues.

Sundays in summer have been shown to be the quietest time, while July 4 – U.S. Independence Day – is apparently the busiest day.

Traditionally Christmas and New Years’ week is thought to be most crowded but Thanksgiving is actually three times busier, according to SAP.

The technology and software company – which shared its findings with Forbes – also found with children off school, there’s generally more people at the parks mid-week during the summer months than on the weekends.

 

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