Shortly after James Cameron announced that there would be FOUR more sequels to Avatar, Walt Disney made a little announcement of their own. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be WAY different come summer 2017. That’s because Pandora: The World of Avatar will officially open to the public.
The long awaited Pandora: The World of Avatar, will allow guests to immerse themselves into the land from 2009’s blockbuster hit, Avatar. This project has been in development for many years. Producer Jon Landau and Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering Joe Rohde, took the stage to announce the opening for this experience.
Their presentation at Disney’s Awaken Summer media event, showcases what guests can expect when they enter the ‘cinematic’ world of Avatar. There is much to look forward to, and I cannot wait to see what this new land has to offer. You can check out the video below thanks to Inside the Magic!
Here’s what Jon Landau had to say in the presentation:
“When guests come to Pandora, they’re going to be immersed like no other land can. Because they’re going to be encased by these floating mountains on top and the detail of all the plants and the flora and the fauna of the land…When they come to this land, we want our guests to look at the world a little differently.”
It sounds to me like this land is going to be absolutely gorgeous to look at, especially at night. The texture, the colors, and everything else in between, will draw you into the world of Avatar. This will be an experience like no other and will be the first of its kind.
Joe Rohde also gave his thoughts in the presentation, explaining how guests should prepare for quite an immersive experience:
“This is a living place. A place that you will sense is alive.”
Everything you see and touch will come alive right before your eyes. This land will be highly interactive, allowing guests to sort of create their own experience as they travel through Pandora.
Both Rohde and Landau touched on how the technology has advanced, which allowed them to create this wonderful experience. While the movie Avatar broke new ground due to its motion capture technology, Pandora: The World of Avatar, will also mark an achievement in its own right. According to Rohde and Landau, this land would not have succeeded were it not for the “remarkable technical and aesthetic achievements” being built inside the park.
I simply cannot wait for this to open! I’m excited to see every new experience that Disney has to offer and this one is no different. While we still have Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land yet to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in the meantime we have Pandora: The World of Avatar to look forward to.
So that’s my two cents on how excited I am for the official opening of this new world! What I’d like to know is, how excited are you to experience Pandora: The World of Avatar? Are you excited to see what Disney has in store for us next? Also, how excited are you for the announced sequels that will follow the original? Sound off in the comment section below!