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All in the Details: Creating Pandora – The World of Avatar As A Real Place

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

When Pandora – The World of Avatar opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this May, guests will be able to explore a brand-new world unlike they’ve ever experienced before.

In the film AVATAR, the planet of Pandora featured an ecosystem all its own, with lush bioluminescent flora, precious fauna, and a culture of people who saw and respected the value of their precious planet. In order to create this new land for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the project team approached bringing Pandora to life as if they were building a real world – unlike one anyone had experienced before – based on the world in the film.

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this video, in which we learn how Imagineers and Animal Programs worked together to create a uniquely interactive ecosystem exclusively for Pandora – The World of Avatar. The park’s Animal Programs department, which includes conservation biologists and scientists, lent their expertise in order to help the land seem as authentically real as possible.

“We’ve had this group sit down and try to understand what would Pandora really look like? How would it feel? What sounds would you hear if you were taking a nature trail along Pandora,” said Dr. Mark Penning Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks.

To learn more, check out the video above.

See the post below for more All in the Details of Pandora – The World of Avatar:


  • I’ll be arriving the 18 and I am a annual passholder, are you doing a sneak preview for passholders?

  • They are saying pass holders will get a to see Pandora in early May.

  • Would love a soft open for Annual Passholders. ❤

  • I would LOVE love love to see a soft opening for Passholders. I just hope that I can know about it a few days in advance so I can get there. I’m soooo excited for the opening of Pandora! I’m planning on going opening day! Any guesses on how early I’ll need to get to DAK so that I’ll be able to get in? Pretty worried about the park hitting capacity very early on!

  • Is there going to be a passholder preview for pandora?

  • I suggest to anyone who is interested in this new AK land to watch the Avatar movie. It’ll help you get an idea about the theme of the land and such. Avatar has been coming on tv on TCM and I’m sure it’ll come on even more as the opening date of Pandora gets closer. I never saw the movie until last week. I always thought it was just a kid’s movie, but I was wrong. In fact, most children would be lost in the movie. It’s actually a pretty good fantasy movie and teaches a bit of conservation. It’s a perfect fit for Animal Kingdom. We’ll probably watch it again before we return to Disney World.

  • Is there any word on a soft open for passholders?

  • Please confirm if Platinum Annual Passholders will have the opportunity to have a sneak peek of PANDORA before it’s official opening date.

  • As an Annual Passholder we come to Disney more often than most, and we are really looking forward to our trip this year in Oct. We cannot wait to see all the new things going on at AK. Pandora is on the top of the list! So excited to come and experience it

  • I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the movie but Pandora looks absolutely fascinating! I’m glad that they didn’t just create a “thrill” ride and included a family friendly boat ride so that everyone can ride together. Looking forward to seeing Pandora on our next trip.

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