Construction officially began early last year on the upcoming Avatar theme park attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and, today, the Disney Parks Blog has a pretty exciting update. Although the attraction itself won’t open until 2017, Pandora is already beginning to take form. In the video player below, you can watch as James Cameron himself tours the construction!
Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in partnership with Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment, the new attraction is said to feature the wonders of Pandora, giving parkgoers the chance to “fly with banshees and explore a rich natural environment with mountains that float and interactive plants that glow at night.”
“I think one of the things that people loved about the movie is that they felt as if they had visited Pandora,” says Cameron “…now, thanks to Disney’s amazing Imagineers, people are going to truly experience Pandora firsthand. From the details in the plants to the production and design, extraordinary thought and care has gone into this entire world. The teams have really created something special, and it’s not going to be like anything else.”
The Avatar expansion marks the largest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history and should open to public shortly before the release of Cameron’s much-anticipated Avatar 2.