D23 isn't just about the next big Disney movie. There is also plenty on hand to see revolving around all the Disney parks throughout the world. And one of the most exciting and anticipated attractions coming in the next few years is Avatar Land. The massive theme park attraction will soon become part of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Disney World. And Disney showed off some of its plans with new posters that invite fans to explore Pandora. We also have photos from the event, which offer a sneak peek at what park attendees can expect in the coming years.
Disney wants you to mark Pandora as your next destination vacation. And Walt Disney Imagineering is making that possible in partnership with Avatar creator and filmmaker James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment crew. The new theme park attraction will offer up the wonders of Pandora, giving park goers a chance to fly with the banshees. Fans will enter this strange, new environment to explore floating mountains and plants that glow at night. In a video that accompanied the presentation at D23, James Cameron had this to say.
"I think one of the things that people loved about the movie is that they felt as if they had visited Pandora. 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."
D23 had a very detailed look at the new Avatar Land, which is coming to Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida sometime in 2017. The preview was on the floor of the convention center in Anaheim, where the 3 day event will continue to be devoted to all things Disney throughout the weekend. At this time, there are three more Avatar sequels in the works. And this new theme park attraction will also be pulling elements from those upcoming movies.
The centerpiece of Avatar Land is the Floating Mountains. A very detailed model was available for fans to peruse. It contains wooden bridges hand constructed by the Na'vi themselves. There are long and winding rivers snaking through the dense environment. And you can also see the luminescent plant life spread throughout the dense forests. The mountains themselves hover over a giant river.
Disney Imagineers were on hand to show guests how Pandora will glow at night, leading everyone through a darkened room. The theme park attraction is striving to uphold the realism as seen on screen in the Avatar movies. The forests won't be comical, like in Disney's Jungle Cruise, and they won't be fantasy themed like the worlds of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. Disney's intent is to make one feel as though they are truly exploring the world of Pandora. Tourists will be able to stand on piers overlooking giant bodies of water. There will be pathways covered in lush greenery and rubble.
Alpha Centauri Expeditions served as a trans-galactic travel agency for D23 participants. They handed out pamphlets that promise a world of lush rain forests, exotic creatures and enormous mountains that actually float. The models included miniature dioramas complete with some of the exotic creatures who will be seen inside the attraction. Today, Disney will hold a panel presenting fans of all ages a sneak peek look at what is coming to all of their parks and resorts. It is expected that a more detailed look at Avatar Land and Pandora will be presented.
James Cameron's Avatar-themed Disney Parks attraction is the largest in the history of the Animal Kingdom. It is expected that the land will open in conjunction with, or shortly after, Avatar 2 arrives in theaters December 2017. D23 runs through Sunday, with plenty of more exciting details to come. Stay tuned, as we present all there is to see straight from the Anaheim Convention center.