From its early days of existence back in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has made an ongoing commitment to provide people with an escape into fantasy. These efforts may have begun modestly with Disney cartoons, but by 1955, the Disneyland theme park came to life and for the first time, the two worlds of fantasy and reality were meshed into one living, breathing world.
Today, Disney continues to push the boundaries in both cinema and within their parks – now scattered across the United States as well as the world. New developments are afoot, promising major attractions like Star Wars Land and numerous new attractions involving other beloved franchises such as Finding Dory. The theme park giant is also in the process of building Pandora: The World of Avatar at their Animal Kingdom attraction in Disney World, Florida.
The immersive world of Pandora – which is set to officially open in 2017 – is likely to draw sizeable crowds, particularly as a result of director James Cameron’s recent announcement that four sequels to the 2009 film are on their way. There’s no risk of the public forgetting the Avatar franchise any time soon, and thanks to Inside The Magic, we now have some video footage of Disney’s presentation on Pandora at Disney’s Awaken Summer media event, as well as an explanation of exactly what sort of experience the world will provide visitors.
Led by Avatar producer Jon Landau and Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering Joe Rohde, the presentation runs just over five minutes in length and focuses quite heavily on the degree of realism at the park. At one point, Jon Landau asserts that:
“When guests come to Pandora, they’re going to be immersed like no other land can. Because they’re going to be encased by these floating mountains on top and the detail of all the plants and the flora and the fauna of the land.”
Both James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment (which was responsible for Avatar) as well as Joe Rohde’s Disney Imagineering team have been working together to create Pandora and Rohde praised their “remarkable technical and aesthetic achievements” which are now in the process of being built at the park. Guests to Pandora will have the opportunity to soar over the planet on the back of a Banshee and experience a musical journey into Pandora’s bioluminescent forest. Rohde also assured those in attendance that Pandora isn’t simply a setting – it is a living place, right down to its indigenous inhabitants, the Na’vi.
The presentation ended with an image of a Na’vi in what Rohde described as a hint of things to come. The imagery provided throughout the course of the presentation certainly promises something new and unique, but at present all we really do know is that Disney is aiming for a full on immersive experience unlike anything the public has seen before.
Given that this attraction is directly linked to one of the most stunning technical movie franchises in history, it isn’t particularly hard to believe that Pandora: The World of Avatar could indeed offer something new and truly special. Only time will tell, but so far, things are looking promising indeed.
Avatar 2 is expected to reach theaters in December 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in December 2020, Avatar 4 in December 2022, and Avatar 5 in December 2023.
Source: Disney [via Inside the Magic]