An Inside Look at Pandora – The World of Avatar

In case you aren’t a middle-aged, American housewife, there’s a good chance you missed this morning’s Pandora segment on Good Morning America; but, oh boy, did they show off a good look at the upcoming Animal Kingdom attraction.

As part of their current media blitz for Pandora, Disney has posted blog updates, Youtube videos, and more in the hopes of creating hype for their newest land. Today, all eyes are focused on ABC and their affiliate programs (The View, The Chew, and Nightline all get their own segments later today), with Good Morning America getting the first major on-air segment.


In the above video, we get to finally see a decent glimpse of the theming on the ground in Pandora. Sure, we’ve all seen the floating mountains from pictures and videos, or even our own visits to Animal Kingdom, but this video shows off some of the other alien ‘flora’ that is present throughout the land. Also, floating mountain waterfalls anyone?C6elu7mXEAAWAW0

The director of Avatar revealed that this is the first time he’d ever visited the world of Pandora since they never actually built physical sets for the first film. Apparently production designers and other crew members will be brought down to Animal Kingdom as they work on the four (yes, four) announced sequel films.

As GMA is taken behind the scenes some more, we get to see some of the “sparkling” food and drink options while the host gets to try the “Na’vi Blueberry Cheesecake” which looks…well, interesting is one way to put it.

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Flight of Passage concept art

The most interesting part of the video comes when the Flight of Passage attraction is sort of shown off. We get confirmation that guests are “scanned” and matched with their own Avatar and that there will be “flight goggles” required as you ride. Quick audio clips are all we get to see of the actual ride itself, though, so don’t expect any spoilers in that regard. I am, however, expecting hot-takes and opinion blogs to pop up soon enough disseminating each dark and out of focus frame to show how Disney is letting us down once again.

Sarcasm, my friends, sarcasm; just not on the hot takes and blogs part.

In all, I’m really excited for Pandora. If you know me or read my Tweets or other blog posts I’m sure this isn’t much of a surprise, but it really looks fantastic. Whatever your opinion on the soon-to-be series of films, Disney sure seems to have knocked this one out of the park from all these early glimpses we are getting.

Pandora – World of Avatar officially opens May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Now, go have a day!


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