Disney announced today that the long-anticipated “Avatar Land” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open on May 27, 2017. Here is what we know about the new attraction:
The new park area, officially titled “Pandora – The World of Avatar” has been under construction for quite some time now. Visitors to the park can see the massive construction site as they enter the parking lot of Animal Kingdom.
The new land will be themed to reflect environment created in the hit 2009 movie that was written and directed by James Cameron. When entering the area, visitors will be immersed in the sites and sounds of Pandora and it’s native Na’vi people.
The new area will be accessed by crossing an entry bridge which has a story of its own. Here is a quick synopsis of the bridge’s storyline according to the Disney release:
According to the storyline developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, this bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA – Resources Development Administration came to Pandora. Now that they are long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence. This bridge will soon serve as an entry into the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that will host explorers on their Pandora adventure.
Once inside, the area will feature what is being described as an “awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will give guests a transformational experience they will never forget.”
We know now that Avatar land will include a restaurant named Satu’li Canteen (pictured above), a gift shop titled Windtraders and a drink area called Pongu Pongu.
There will be a couple of new rides in the new park area as well: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.
Rumors of new animatronics being included in Avatar land were confirmed this weekend when imagineers released this video featuring the Shaman and Songs which will be featured in the Na’vi River Journey.
As if the sights weren’t enough Avatar authenticity. Our friends over at WDW News Today report that part of the casting call for Avatar land cast members is a requirement to learn a new language- Na’vi. Interesting.
We also know that the new land will have bio-luminescent flora which will actually make the ground below you glow. Something tells me this new area will be a must-see nighttime attraction at Walt Disney World.
To celebrate the new land, Disney has even created a new website dedicated to it: visitpandora.com.
Now that the opening announcement has been made, I suspect there will be quite a bit more info trickling out over the coming months. As always, I will be adding to and updating this post when more info becomes available, so stay tuned!