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Avatar Flight of Passage Honored with Industry Award for Outstanding Visual Effects

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Last night, the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the winners of their annual VES Awards, honoring outstanding visual effects in motion pictures, television and other media. We’re excited to share that Avatar Flight of Passage won the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project.

Avatar Flight of Passage is an innovative 3-D ride experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that allows guests to soar over the incredible landscape of Pandora on the back of a mountain banshee. This multi-sensory experience uses cutting-edge technology and intricate special effects like never before. Guests can actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they fly high above floating mountains, plunge through ancient caverns and skim across roaring oceans. This marks the second major industry award for this attraction as it also picked up a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement: Attraction.



  • One of our nieces just got back from her senior trip (Disney) yesterday and said that ride was soooo incredible that her friend actually cried because she loved it that much. How incredibly awesome is that? Disney will always have a very special place in our family’s home and in our hearts! Please keep up the GREAT WORK! You’re very appreciated…more than you guys can imagine – no pun intended. 🙂

  • Well deserved! What an amazing experience this is. I’ve been twice and I’m counting down the days for ride #3. Congrats to the Imagineering team that put together Flight of Passage!

  • Absolutely deserving of this award. “Outstanding” is an understatement, but I’m not sure there’s a word that can be used to describe something better than outstanding. I would queue three hours again and again to experience this!

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