Disney’s “imagineers” are bringing the spellbinding world of Pandora to life — bioluminescent forests, banshees, and all.
Following the 2009 release of the film Avatar, the world of Pandora ignited a universal sense of longing to explore such a strikingly beautiful utopia. So much so, that many movie-goers reported symptoms of depression and even suicidal thoughts from the realization that they would never be able to visit Pandora. In 2017, their desire will be fulfilled. Disney has announced that the fantasy will come to life in Disney World's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
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A number of planned theme-park expansions were announced at the fan convention D23 (the official Disney fan club) including new Star Wars themed extensions. Avatar director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau took the stage at the D23 expo to reveal details of the Avatar theme park based on the legendary movie, which impressively holds down the spot for highest-grossing film of all time.
According to Cameron and Landau, construction began secretly in January 2014. The park is being designed by Disney “imagineers” in collaboration with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. They’re feverishly working to nail everything down to a tee — from the floating islands to the bioluminescent forest.
Construction of the floating Hallelujah mountains of Pandora has already begun. Photo credit: Eliedion/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
At night, the park will transform into an even more captivating fantasy world, emulating Pandora’s nightly bioluminescent hues of blues, greens, and purples. Disney’s Pandora will even have a special carpet that changes colors in the evenings as visitors walk across it, leaving glowing footsteps behind them.
If you ever dreamed of soaring through the sky on banshees, the majestic bird-like creatures featured in the film, Disney’s centerpiece attraction “Avatar Flight of Passage” will simulate the experience with hyper-realistic flying sensations. James Cameron even said the technology for Flight of Passage is “so advanced that you feel you’re flying. You literally feel like you’re flying. I know you’ve heard that with other rides before, but this is on a whole other level.” Disney assures the ride will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora.
Living a day in the shoes of a Na’vi tribe member has never been closer. The fusion of technology and Disney’s team of imagination experts is bringing the enchanting, mythical world to reality.
Check out the making of the park below via Disney Parks.