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Pandora – The World of AVATAR will be New Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

The new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that’ll immerse guests in the mystical world of Pandora from the blockbuster film AVATAR just received a name – Pandora – The World of AVATAR.

Pandora – The World of AVATAR Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

Pandora – The World of AVATAR is a key part of the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and will feature awe-inspiring floating mountains, a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants as well as an amazing new attraction called AVATAR Flight of Passage. This e-ticket attraction will allow guests to experience what it’s like to fly with banshees.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek shared the update on Pandora – The World of AVATAR at the D23 EXPO 2015. During the session, Imagineer Joe Rohde said one of the things that has made work on this project so special has been the collaboration with the Oscar-winning team behind the film – James Cameron, Jon Landau and the rest of the Lightstorm team.

“We’ve been working side-by-side with Jim and Jon to make sure that what we do is true to the story, characters and vision for the beautiful, mythical, epic land of Pandora,” Joe said. “We’re creating a transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.”

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates on Pandora – The World of AVATAR.


  • #4 – LYNNE

    During the first decade of the Magic Kingdom, in addition to park admission, you had to purchase ticket books in order to experience the attractions. The “A” tickets were on one end, and the attractions got progressively better until you reached the best ones which were redeemed by an “E” ticket; hence the term “E-ticket attraction”.
    To view these tickets, go to the search box at the top of the blog, type in ‘attraction tickets’, scroll down to “Vintage Walt Disney World: An ‘A’ Attraction or an ‘E’?” dated May 9th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist.

  • A “flying” ride means that it will be like Soarin, yes? You sit on a movable contraption and watch a movie?

    My guess is that the new Millenium Falcon ride will be something similiarly screen-based. It’s really too bad. Star Tours is a fine ride, but really it’s just a shaky movie.

    What would really be great is for Disney to return to building animatronic-based rides and give us another Pirates, or Haunted Mansion. “Real” rides, not just shaky movies.

  • Lovely ,

  • Yes, is the boat ride that was previously mentioned still a part of the project? It would be great to have another type of ride experience.

  • They talked about the boat ride during the presentation. It’s still there!

  • I’ve been a Florida resident for over 50 years. Back in 1971 when Magic Kingdom opened, my parents brought us … my brother and my two sisters on grand opening day to see the park. I couldn’t wait to be inside cause I wanted to go to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction. Then as time went on … very few things have changed that was really huge. Now with this new Pandora and Star Wars attractions … my anxiety has re-risen to childlike levels. I can’t wait for it to open!!!

  • I’m really excited for this new addition. I am a long little disappointed though because it looks like parts of the project have been eliminated since there is no mention of it. I was really looking forward to the boat ride thru pandora that was originally announced as well.

    Is this completely axed or will it hopefully be a second stage addition

  • This attraction should be awesome. Loved the Avatar movie! Whoever says Disney is a once and done park is crazy! There is always something new and exciting! I’m confused about the ‘E-ticket’ thing, though.

  • I hope Disney will always use the term E-ticket. Anything that ties it to its roots!

  • “e-ticket attraction” – strange that we still use this term when the parks stopped using books of tickets in 1982.

  • Any target timeframe for this to open? This will definitely be a great attraction to visit while I’m (impatiently) waiting for the Star Wars lands at Hollywood Studios and Disneyland to open!

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