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Authentic Details Bring to Life Pandora — The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

As many of you know, there’s an incredible lineup of new attractions and experiences coming to all four Walt Disney World theme parks this summer. And among our latest updates, we also looked further into the future and shared new details on how Pandora – The World of AVATAR will come to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017.

Bioluminescent Flora Details Coming to Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Imagineer Joe Rohde and Lightstorm Entertainment film producer Jon Landau shared a quick hint at what to expect in the new 12-acre land inspired by James Cameron’s film “AVATAR” during a special presentation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

They showed how the land will take on new life at night with bioluminescent flora and special nighttime immersive programming that’ll add a magical touch.

'Glowing' Ground Coming to Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

And how you’ll be transported to the world of Pandora – alive with amazing creatures and “glowing” ground beneath your feet.

Na’vi Artifacts Coming to Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

You’ll also notice realistic details during your adventures, including special Na’vi artifacts seen throughout the land.

“We want the world of Pandora to be believable,” Jon said. “When visitors come to Pandora they’ll experience and they’ll believe — and they’ll look at the world a little bit differently.”

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details on Pandora – The World of AVATAR, including the spectacular “floating mountains” and thrilling attractions coming to the land: AVATAR Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey.


  • What is the approximate date for opening in 2017? Trying to plan around the opening. I don’t want to miss it.

  • I can’t wait to visit Pandora! It is incredible that Disney has found out how to replicate Pandora’s floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and glowing ground. The collaboration between the imagineers and Lightstorm is great. This should be INCREDIBLE.

  • Do you think it will be open by April 2017??? We are planning our trip for September 2017 but we are extremly anxious and would love to go in May insted only if the attraction will be open!

  • Looks awesome can’t wait to see it. We’ll be there April 2017, we’re hoping its finished by then.

  • Do you think this will be open for the Spring of 2017? I’m trying to debate between the flower and garden festival plus seeing spring related characters or Pandora for my trip planning purpose!

  • Ready for this!

  • Looks great! Then you can fix the “snow creature”. Thanks

  • Looks great! Then it’s on to the Yeti

  • I cannot wait to see this amazing technology come to life! 2017 can’t come soon enough 🙂

  • Pandora At Animal Kingdom will be AWESOME too! I can’t Wait!

  • Pandora at Animal Kingdom will be AWESOME!

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