Disney's biggest character is coming to its Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
No, we're not talking about Mickey Mouse. By "biggest," we meant that literally. On April 22 — the 20th anniversary of the opening of Animal Kingdom — the Pandora Utility Suit will begin making appearances in Pandora - The World of Avatar.
The Pandora Utility Suit is the civilian version of the Amplified Mobility Platform used by the military during the original Avatar film. Now that the mining wars are over and human beings are visiting Pandora as peaceful visitors (in the backstory of the land), the PUS (again, Disney, are you just trolling us with these acronyms?) will be used to "study the wildlife, collect plant samples, and survive Pandora's terrain," according to Disney's press release.
So how did Disney create this massive, walking character? It was team effort, involving Walt Disney Imagineering, and Disney Parks Live Entertainment, joined by James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and puppetry experts at Michael Curry Design.
This isn't the first giant character that Disney has created for its Pandora land. Disney had a Na'vi character at the land's ground-breaking ceremony in 2014. (*Update: Okay, maybe it didn't. See comments.) But Na'vi characters never have appeared in the land, save for animatronics in the Flight of Passage queue and River Journey ride and a photo of that ground-breaking ceremony that is displayed in the Satu'li Canteen. (Apparently, Disney has retconned that as the groundbreaking for the tourist center on Pandora. Clever.)Tweet
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