Disney has been slowly amping up the excitement as we move towards the May 27 opening of the new Pandora – The World of Avatar expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Today, we get some great new details highlighting a lot of what we already know about the immersive new land. As part of those details, we got some official descriptions for the highlights of the new land…
- Avatar Flight of Passage launches each guest on an exhilarating, wind-in-your-face experience on a winged mountain banshee over the awe-inspiring world of Pandora. Guests will actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they soar through the forest and past floating mountains. What was a rite of passage for Na’vi in Cameron’s film becomes a multisensory experience for guests seeking the ultimate adventure – a faceoff with the most feared predator of Pandora, the Great Leonopteryx.
- Na’vi River Journey is a family-friendly adventure where guests travel down a sacred river deep into a bioluminescent rainforest. The eight-seat reed boats float past exotic glowing plants and Pandoran creatures into the midst of a musical Na’vi ceremony. The mystical journey culminates in an encounter with a breathtakingly realistic Na’vi Shaman of Songs who is deeply connected with Pandora’s life force and sends positive energy through her music into the forest.
There was also more details about the land’s other features…
The artful storytelling in Pandora continues as guests stop for sustenance at the land’s Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”), a Quonset-hut-style building. The fast-casual restaurant is inspired the healthful bounty of Pandora – wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins. Guests can grab a drink at nearby Pongu Pongu.
Windtraders is a shopper’s delight where guests can choose from Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more.
About the land itself, Imagineer Joe Rohde commented, “The Pandora landscape will be alive with creatures. We’re bringing to life everything from the largest creature you might encounter to the most microscopic. Animals will appear out of the underbrush – big Pandoran animals will appear at the edge of the forest and you’ll hear the very complicated calls they issue back and forth.”
Here’s a video of Whoopi Goldberg on THE VIEW getting a first look at some of the new expansion!
Good Morning America also had an early look at the details inside the new land…
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 9, 2017
See it for Yourself!
The thriving Pandoran landscape conveys intrinsic park messages of the value of nature, transformation through adventure and conservation and stewardship. You can visit the “official” travel website for Pandora via a new alternate reality website released to promote the new land. The site is VisitPandora.com.
Pandora – The World of Avatar opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27, 2017.