Disney offers new insight and details on its upcoming Avatar land

March 7, 2017, 8:21 PM · ORLANDO — We're enjoying all the new stuff in the Central Florida theme parks during our visit this week, but we can't help looking ahead to what's coming later this year. Especially when Disney drops some fresh hype for its big new Avatar-themed land.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who's working as the creative director for Pandora - The World of Avatar, is featured in a new video from Disney, talking about the placemaking Imagineers have employed in the new land.

We've also got some fresh info about the locations within the land. Flight of Passage, the flying theater ride on the backs of Mountain Banshees, with have a 44-inch height restriction. In addition to the all-ages Na'vi River Journey indoor boat ride, Pandora will feature a walk-through attraction, Valley of Mo'ara, in which visitors can get up close to the exotic, bioluminescent flora, as well as see Na'vi totems and cultural artifacts.

And yes, a few little birdies have told me that visitors will be able to purchase items that will interact with the Pandoran environment — Disney's response to Universal's interactive Wizarding World wands.

Who's ready to go to Pandora? #Avatar

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Disney's also posted more details about the Satu'li Canteen restaurant and Pongu Pongu bar in the new land. Here's what Disney has to say about Satu'li Canteen, the former Quonset hut now adorned with Na'vi art:

Owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), Satu’li Canteen supplies travelers all the comforts of home—courtesy of a unique, fast-casual menu that’s been crafted from Pandora’s natural abundance. Featuring international-inspired cuisine, vegetarian options and specialty libations, it’s the perfect place to refuel as you venture through the Valley of Mo’ara.

Pandora - The World of Avatar opens officially on May 27.

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March 7, 2017 at 9:52 PM · The lab setting around 2:33 in the video implies a queue for one of the attractions. I assume it would be for Flight of Passage unless it is for another small walk-through attraction somewhere in the land.

I've wondered for a while how they are going to theme the interior of the ride building once you come in from the mountain landscape. I wasn't sure how they were going to reconcile the idea of being up in the mountains with the need to have guests load on multiple levels of the Soarin'-esque ride system. Perhaps the lab environment will allow for "normal" hallways and stairs to get guests where they need to go.

March 8, 2017 at 1:15 AM · Silly point but why is the image in that video mirrored at 1.42? His ear-rings are suddenly on his right ear, not his left!
March 8, 2017 at 4:14 AM · Lame is its gonna be like soarin.... Thought it'd more like a Potter ride and combine a track also.
March 8, 2017 at 6:16 AM · Just you wait ... Just you wait ....
March 8, 2017 at 8:09 AM · We are waiting... We are waiting...

And we have been waiting. We have been waiting.

This is one of Disney's problems -- they take forever to roll out even mediocre level IP.

March 8, 2017 at 10:09 AM · I really don't understand how anyone can look at the information we are getting about Pandora at Disney and not accept that it's going to be awesome - right up there with Potter at Universal. The attention to detail is breath-taking, the visuals are already looking stunning and the rides promise to be extra-ordinary. Unless you're a blinkered Universal-only fan there's plenty here to amuse and entertain and thrill even the most jaded of theme park fans.
March 8, 2017 at 10:18 AM · David, I think the issue revolves around an entire themed land based around one movie nearly a decade old. It doesn't have the cultural impact of Harry Potter or Star Wars. Of course, that could all change when the Avatar sequels are released.
March 8, 2017 at 10:48 AM · Never heard of the Valley of Mo'ara, just call it Moana. It may be awesome and detailed and immersive, the problem is that no one cares. It can still be successful, but people care a whole lot more about being in Harry Potter's or Star Wars' world.
March 8, 2017 at 10:52 AM · I care! Can't wait!!!
March 8, 2017 at 11:49 AM · "And yes, a few little birdies have told me that visitors will be able to purchase items that will interact with the Pandoran environment"
Will it be a blue tail you can stick in a plant or a dragon thingy?

I also love the irony of this preaching while Disney is literally paving paradise to put up a parking lot, roads and firework area at DHS.

March 8, 2017 at 11:40 AM · Interesting that they focused on weaving as the common cultural element borrowed for the Na'vi of Pandora. Just a detail that's fine in the background that most people will likely miss.
March 8, 2017 at 12:11 PM · We'll be there in October, to fight the mobs for the new goodies.
What's the deal with this "just you wait" stuff?
March 8, 2017 at 12:12 PM · OK, so the message in getting here is "it's not Harry Potter or Star Wars, so I'm not interested". Are people this narrow-minded?

Waterworld sucks - the movie I mean. I have no interest in Song of the south, minions, Popeye, haunted mansions, men in black - but damn those are some good rides I'd gladly go on again.

If on this site you can't look past an IP to the attractions and themed environments it has, I don't think you're truly a theme park fan.

March 8, 2017 at 12:22 PM · There are two more Avatar movies coming out. Disney's new Avatar-land will be timely, relevant and exciting.
March 8, 2017 at 1:24 PM · I just came to see TH put on his cheerleader outfit and tell us how great Disney is... then listen to him complain about hotel parking fees at Universal.
March 8, 2017 at 2:32 PM · I wish I could get excited over Pandora, but it just leaves me cold. The bits and pieces I've seen look very nice but there is nothing that grabs me and tells me I "MUST" go there and experience it. Star Wars, sure. Potter, sure. Avatar...I could really care less and what they've shown doesn't change anything for me.
Again, I wish I cared...I just don't.
March 8, 2017 at 3:05 PM · Does anyone really care about Pandora IP? It's been too long since the original movie and no sequel so far.

Something tells me that the sequel is going to bomb too. Great films don't take this long to produce, but bad ones do.

March 8, 2017 at 3:45 PM · Well said Grant Crawford!
March 8, 2017 at 9:19 PM · To further bury the "its not a good IP" or "I didn't like the movie (of which I belong by the way)" arguments look no further than the theme park standard: Tokyo Disney Sea. I wager the majority of people have never read a Jules Verne book, but I dare anyone to visit TDS Mysterious Island and not be in total awe of the land and attractions.

All I know is that the industry leader WDI is building a massive totally immersive new land with 3 all new attractions in one of their most beautiful parks. Um...Yes please and Thank you!

March 9, 2017 at 7:45 AM · I never connected with Pandora, even though I thought it was a decent movie with amazing eye candy. With something like HP, it is a totally different dynamic.

Star Wars... different story. Plenty of fanboys and girls. Avatar always had me shaking my head.

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