The theme park has been building a Pandora-inspired attraction for the past three years and is set to open this summer. Disney released a sneak peek at the "Avatar" attraction, showing glimpses at a river ride through a bioluminescent forest and a simulator meant to feel like riding on the flying Banshee creatures.
"I don't know if I can even express how it feels to see something that I imagined in 1995 suddenly made physically made real," said Cameron.
Everything in Pandora land is custom-designed, and the video previews the lifelike plant structures that glow and pulsate when touched. Joe Rohde, a senior VP with Disney Imagineering, said, "I was very skeptical that it was even physically possible to build the world of Pandora. This was a crazy thing to try to do."
Cameron touted the two rides. "There's something pretty amazing at the end of that river ride that you've never seen anything like in your life," he raved. As for the Banshee simulator, "You're going to plunge, you're going to dive, you're going to see the world flying through it."
It'll be a refresher course for parkgoers before the release of "Avatar 2" in 2018, and three other sequels in following years.
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On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world. Read More