Walt Disney World has shared some exciting new b-roll of Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opens May 27, although previews start for annual passholders on the 13th. I’ve been watching this project since we first learned that Camp Minnie-Mickey would be making way for tall blue people. Now that it’s right around the corner, I can really feel the excitement growing.
New attractions include the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey. The adventure begins as guests sail in reed boats down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest. The full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as the boats pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music.
The other attraction is Avatar Flight of Passage sends guests flying above the jungles of Pandora on a Mountain Banshee. Guests will don their own avatar goggles and then saddle up to their motion-simulator for a virtual ride across the Pandoran skies. It’s closer to Soarin’ than Star Tours.
Hungry adventurers can recharge at Satu’li Canteen, the main dining location in Pandora, or Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk with a design as eclectic as its expat owner. Shoppers can stock up on Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more at Windtraders.
We’re getting so close. It’s hard to believe that I’ll get my first view of Pandora – The World of Avatar in less than a month.
(Photos courtesy Disney. Matt Stroshane and Steven Diaz photographers) –