Disney reveals new video peeks at Pandora: The World of Avatar and Star Wars Land attractions

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Apr 25, 2016, 4:05 PM EDT

It's very likely that James Cameron may announce yet even more Avatar sequels in the time it takes you to read this article, but just in case he doesn't, here's more Avatar news direct from Disney showing a fresh look at its planned World of Avatar theme-park attraction now under construction in Florida.  

Walt Disney World's Pandora: The World of Avatar has been on a fast track to completion for the past three years, and it's set to open at Animal Kingdom in summer of 2017.  As part of the "Awaken Summer" media presentation last week, watch Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek and Creative Executive Designer and Vice President Joe Rohde deliver a revealing glimpse at what guests can expect with this $500 million immersive land.  


The largest expansion in the park's 18-year history, the lush, multi-acre land will contain several audio-animatronic attractions, themed restaurants and fantastical rides allowing fans to further explore the exoplanetary moon Pandora, featured in James Cameron's 2009  Avatar movie and its upcoming sequels. Designed in a long-term partnership between Disney's Imagineers and Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, the monster project will include floating mountains, alien creatures, 3-D holograms and bioluminescent plants.  

So far, Disney has confirmed two wild rides included in the ambitious realm: AVATAR Flight of Passage, a flying E-ticket simulator attraction, where guests will learn to soar with a mountain Banshee, and Na'Vi River Journey, a white-water boat attraction showcasing the exotic native fauna and flora of Pandora.


Also previewed at the same "Awaken Summer" event is a new preview of Star Wars Land, a massive, billion-dollar project to conjure a colorful galactic outpost far, far away at the Walt Disney World Resort in its Hollywood Studios park.  So far, two E-ticket rides have been confirmed: a flight simulator attraction with guests seated inside the Millennium Falcon cockpit and an interactive adventure with visitors placed in the middle of a heated battle between Rebels and Imperial stormtroopers.  Restaurants will include an eat-and-go destination themed after the rowdy cantina in A New Hope and an exclusive dinner club offering fine dining.  


Though Star Wars Land is not expected to open until 2020-21, a new 15-minute Star Wars-themed fireworks and light show, "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," will debut sometime in June, using projection-mapping technology to display images from the movies onto the Chinese Theatre at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Have a look at Disney's media sneak peeks and tell us if you'll be booking a ticket to Pandora or the Star Wars galaxy anytime in the future.



(Via Superherohype)