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Pandora – The World of Avatar: Disney unveils stunning BTS footage of its most advanced animatronics yet

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May 31, 2018

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was some very early footage from a Delos Destinations theme park — the robots are that good. But seriously, the work that goes into bringing the animatronics to life at Disney World's Pandora – The World of Avatar attraction is mightily impressive, and a new behind-the-scenes video has been released to showcase it. 

The rare insider feature has been unveiled to celebrate the first anniversary of the park attraction, and it focuses on how Disney created its most advanced "Audio-Animatronics" figure — a full-scale Na'vi known as the Shaman of Songs — inspired by James Cameron's 2009 Oscar-winning film.

Engineers say that they had to build 20 new elements of tech just to make it happen, and to make it look as though there is a soul behind those large green eyes. For the team involved in the process, the goal was to camouflage the figure's electronic aspects, making the shaman seem as lifelike as possible, and they’ve certainly achieved that.

Guests can encounter the Shaman of Songs inside Na’vi River Journey, after they board a boat and are whisked away on an immersive journey deep into a bioluminescent rainforest on Pandora.

Pandora – The World of Avatar is a themed area located within Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. The first sequel to the movie is slated for release in December 2020.