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Get ready to journey to Pandora! First look at Disney's Avatar theme park

Oct. 14, 2013by: Paul Shirey

James Cameron's world of Pandora is about to become a reality at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Plans and concept art were revealed at Japan's D23 Expo and from the looks of it there are some pretty intricate designs and a very immersive environment on the horizon, especially for AVATAR fanatics. Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts posted this info and images on the DisneyParks blog, which highlight the overall concept of the themed world.

"As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of AVATAR guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee," said Staggs.

Take a gander at what they have planned below (including video!):

Staggs elaborated on the planned theme, saying, "As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, we’ll be adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River that will delight our guests and truly cap off their day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom."

It sounds pretty cool to me, although I'm not the biggest fan of the film itself. Still, there's no denying the technical marvel that director James Cameron created with AVATAR and I have no doubt this will go over like gangbusters to the masses. I don't know how the hell they're going to pull off flying on banshee's (likely a video experience), but I'm intrigued just the same. Theme parks have grown exponentially throughout the years that it seems the imagination is the only limit and Pandora seems as ripe an environment to develop as any.

Production on the AVATAR-themed park began this year and is expected to take about 5 years to complete.

Extra Tidbit: I imagine those that "suffered" from depression after seeing Avatar, because they couldn't live in a world as beautiful as Pandora will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from this theme park in the future.
Source: Disneyparks

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11:09PM on 10/15/2013
Wait...did he say 3 Avatar sequels?? I obviously must not have been paying attention 'cause this is news to me...but good lord he's going to be shooting till 2020 doing these films.
Wait...did he say 3 Avatar sequels?? I obviously must not have been paying attention 'cause this is news to me...but good lord he's going to be shooting till 2020 doing these films.
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7:50PM on 10/14/2013
that's too avatarded
that's too avatarded
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3:14PM on 10/14/2013
More than pandora's flouroscent light world,we need the theme park of Middle Earth
More than pandora's flouroscent light world,we need the theme park of Middle Earth
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2:29PM on 10/14/2013
It's a cool idea, but I'm sure we all know that it'll lose some of it's serene feeling when it's horribly overcrowded with screaming children and hour long lines to get in. Hopefully they anticipated that problem.
It's a cool idea, but I'm sure we all know that it'll lose some of it's serene feeling when it's horribly overcrowded with screaming children and hour long lines to get in. Hopefully they anticipated that problem.
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11:15AM on 10/14/2013

It looks cool, but one thing made me want to throw up......

Joe's earring, well his ear, was so freaking disgusting. It was atrociously bad. Ewww!!!!!!
Joe's earring, well his ear, was so freaking disgusting. It was atrociously bad. Ewww!!!!!!
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11:07AM on 10/14/2013
Looking at that Disney guys ear makes my earlobe hurt
Looking at that Disney guys ear makes my earlobe hurt
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11:07AM on 10/14/2013
We better get a Star Wars theme park before this
We better get a Star Wars theme park before this
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11:50AM on 10/14/2013
This has been in the works well before Disney purchased lucasfilm.
This has been in the works well before Disney purchased lucasfilm.
11:04AM on 10/14/2013
That's a whole lot of neon lighting.
That's a whole lot of neon lighting.
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10:52AM on 10/14/2013
Well, that looks ambitious. I'm off to go see if Disney Imagineering has patented "Floating Mountains" just yet.
Well, that looks ambitious. I'm off to go see if Disney Imagineering has patented "Floating Mountains" just yet.
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