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Pandora – The World of Avatar Time Capsule: Imagineers Create the Most Advanced Audio-Animatronics Figure, the Shaman of Songs for Na’vi River Journey

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Have you ever wanted to see how an Audio-Animatronics figure was created for a Disney Park? Well, today you’re in luck.

We’re continuing to celebrate the first anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar by sharing an amazing behind-the-scenes look at how our Imagineers designed the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figure in Imagineering history – the Shaman of Songs.

Guests can encounter the Shaman of Songs inside Na’vi River Journey, after they board a boat and are whisked away on an immersive journey deep into a bioluminescent rainforest on Pandora. There, the Shaman of Songs sits, sending positive energy out into the forest through the power of her movements and music.

But bringing her to life required the Imagineering/LEI project team to not only apply the latest technologies in robotics, but also develop an estimated 20 new technologies to bring this figure to life. The goal was to make the figure’s tech as hidden as possible, to make the shaman as lifelike as possible.

Go behind the scenes as the Shaman of Songs is created in the video above.

Don’t forget to visit the Disney Parks Blog each day this week for another look at Pandora – The World of Avatar.


  • True testament to the Imagineers!

    Walt would surely be proud!

    Beautiful ride!!

    • It’s amazing to see all the work that goes on behind the scenes, isn’t it?

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