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Take a Behind-The-Scenes Look at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

If you caught the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” on ABC earlier this week, you may have seen this amazing sneak peek into one of Walt Disney World’s most exciting expansions: the construction of Pandora – The World of Avatar, which will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer.

As you can see, Pandora – The World of Avatar will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two expeditions that will truly push adventure to the next level. The family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.

Check out the video above, in which the project team shares how this new land has already exceeded even their own imaginations.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below!


  • I am so excited about the Pandora/Avatar opening. But when is it? I am a DVC member and plan to come in May, however, if the opening is in June, I will reschedule. I have contacted Member Services inquiring about the opening and they don’t have any information. Can you please open already?! Or give a projected or approximate date so people can plan their vacations? This has been in the works for years!!! Thank you.

  • Watching from Australia ! Happy New Year … Already 2.30pm on 1st Jan here ??

  • I’ll be there in May, I’m hoping summer will come early this year! lol

  • It looks absolutely wonderful and we loved the movie, so I hope my family and I can see it one day.

  • Ride looks great & so beautiful! I love the glowing of the plants and water. We hope to see it one day!

  • Looks awesome! hope that one day we will get to experience it!

  • Looks interesting, but the movie was to long ago.

  • Planning a trip end of July, will it be open?

  • I hope the boat ride is wheelchair accessible. My daughter will be celebrating her 21st birthday there and can’t transfer out of her wheelchair…

  • I can’t wait to see this in Sept 2017.

  • Awesome! I just can’t wait to be there on opening day. Kindly let us know. I beg you, I plead you??! Advanced thanks. ?

  • Awesome! I can’t wait to experience this hole new world…

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