st year we were treated to some beautiful concept images of Pandora – The World of Avatar during D23 Expo’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures, including a look at the Satu’li Canteen dining experience, the Windtraders shop (where you can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, and science kits), and Pongu Pongu (where you can grab a beverage). We also learned about the Na’vi River Journey, where guests will enjoy a bioluminescent rainforest, and the Avatar Flight of Passage where guests will see Pandora atop a Banshee! We were blown away by the gorgeous world, and now we have even more exciting news: The opening date of Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World has been announced: May 27, 2017.
Eight years after James Cameron’s record breaking blockbuster “Avatar” hit theaters (and became the highest grossing film of all time,) guests at the Walt Disney World Resort can enter the magical world of Pandora.
First announced in 2011, Pandora – The World of Avatar will be the first of several new land-expansions at Walt Disney World theme parks. “Toy Story” and “Star Wars”-themed lands are currently under-construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Magic Kingdom rolled out a series of unveiling new attractions in the expanded Fantasyland from 2012-2014.
Rides will include a family-friendly water ride called “Na’vi River Journey” which will lead guests through a “bioluminescent rainforest, showcasing native fauna reminiscent of the film’s glowing environment,” and “Avatar Flight of Passage” which is reportedly similar to that of the ride “Soarin'” at Disney’s Epcot– an all-immersive flight-simulator.
As the Na’Vi would say, kìyevame!