New AVATAR Land Artwork and Video Released

Yesterday afternoon, the Disney Parks Blog released a great new artwork depicting a gorgeous part of the new Pandora: The World of AVATAR themed land that is expected to open in 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. As you will see in this new image (as well as in the new video was released in conjunction with the artwork), the size of the floating islands and plants that will populate this area will be truly massive. Take a look,and enjoy the view:

Bringing the World of AVATAR to Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Since we first broke ground last year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’ve been looking forward to welcoming guests into Pandora, the mythical land based on the blockbuster film AVATAR. We’re having a lot of fun dreaming up ways to bring to life the land’s iconic elements from the magnificent floating mountains to the interactive bioluminescent forest, and even to the soaring banshees.

This creative process has been one of the most dynamic and collaborative ones we’ve ever undertaken. It began when our then-Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts proposed to James Cameron that together we might recreate the world of Pandora at Disney. Since that time, our creative development team, led by Joe Rohde, has been working hand-in-hand with Jim, Jon Landau and their team of artists and designers at Lightstorm on every aspect of this project—from overall design to the smallest—yet crucially important—details. And along each step of this process, Tom, as well as Disney CEO Bob Iger have been actively involved in helping guide the creative vision that is shaping the extraordinary world we’re building. (Click on the following image for the full-size version).

We all recently got together at our offices in Glendale, California and walked through the fantastic progress on the whole land—including the awesome experience of seeing Pandora while riding on a banshee.

When he was with us, Jim said, “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.”

This project is really pushing the boundaries of what is possible. But one of the things that makes Disney Parks so special is that it takes all of our Cast—across the segment—to really bring these experiences to life. We were glad to be able to share our work with the creative teams and thought you might want to see it, too. Here’s a sneak peek of what we showed them:

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  1. This land is going to be visually stunning, and along with all the other improvements at DAK (Rivers of Light, new Lion King Theater area, Harambe Market, Night safari, show in expanded Tree of Life area, Pizzafari table service expansion, Starbucks, etc.), this will continue to be my fave theme park

  2. Now they just have to dump the "carnival" theme in DINOLAND USA

  3. Agreed @Anonymous(2) DinoLand could be something really, truly great. Can't believe I'm saying this but, Disney should actually take a page from Universal's book and make DinoLand more submerive in the time period. DinoLand should look more like the Jurassic Park area of Universal, and maybe even a name change because even "DinoLand U.S.A." sounds tacky

  4. All I see in this single cell of concept art is $$$$$$$ this is a LOT of money. Just those moutains will cost a fortune, I'm sure. Disney has to make sure the money is worth it. Basing a whole land on a non-Disney movie is already risky, but now the fact that billions will be spent just on the scenery is crazy. If this doesn't have some killer rides, AK is really screwed because Disney won't build anymore until the money is paid back for this huge project. Hoping for the best!


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