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    3/10/17

    Two of the March 9th ABC specials gave a sneak peek into the ride vehicles for the Flight of Passage attraction in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    As originally rumoured, it appears Guests will use futuristic technology to "link" to their Banshee and experience what it would be like to ride it through Pandora.

    The quick glimpses below show a seated ride system and what could be next generation 3-D glasses:

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    It is not completely clear how this relates to the large theater and hydraulic lifts that were previously shown in sneak peek videos, however; this ride system could be mounted on the hydraulic lifts in front of the large screen.


    3/7/17


    The Walt Disney World resort has revealed more details of the forthcoming Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Here are the key excerpts:

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Disney World

    Attractions

    Avatar Flight of Passage


    Guests Must Be
    44in (112cm) or taller

    Na'vi River Journey

    No Ride Height Requirment

    Valley of Mo’ara

    There’s more to Pandora than expeditions like Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey… much more! All around its enormous floating mountains, you’ll quickly uncover the valley’s one-of-a-kind dining and shopping experiences—along with sights, sounds and experiences that include:

    • Exotic plants that come to life with beautiful bioluminescence each night
    • A Na’vi-built drum circle, containing instruments playable by all
    • Na’vi totems and other cultural items found throughout the land
    • Brand-new Wilderness Explorers challenges and badges to collect


    You may even come across tour guides from Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI), or even an eclectic expat or two!

    Dining


    Satu'li Canteen

    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.

    Pongu Pongu

    ... try our bioluminescent frozen cocktail, indigenous beers—or even a sweet snack you won’t find elsewhere!
    The signature Lumpia will reportedly be a sweet pineapple wonton.



    2/27/17

    Walt Disney Imagineering has released a second video offering more sneak peeks into Pandora:



    2/7/17

    As previously anticipated, The Walt Disney Company confirmed during their Q1 FY17 presentation that Pandora-World of Avatar will open May 27, 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


    11/19/16

    Walt Disney Imagineering revealed more details and concept art today for the forthcoming Pandora-World of Avatar area at Disney's Animal Kingdom:

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts

    ... at the D23’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentation, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave a construction update on Pandora – The World of Avatar and shared the exciting news that the new land is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Summer 2017.

    ... According to the storyline developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, this bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA came to Pandora. Now that they’re long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence. This bridge will soon serve as an entry into the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.

    ...

    The entire Pandora – The World of Avatar land is set to open in 2017, and will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two excursions that will truly push adventure to the next level. First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.
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    Satu’li Canteen will be the main restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar and will feature Na’vi art and cultural items.

    At Windtraders, travelers can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more.

    And Pongu Pongu will be a special drink location with a design that is as eclectic as its Expat owner.


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    3/6/17

    Walt Disney Imagineering has released a second video where Joe Rohde gives more sneak peeks into Pandora:

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    Walt Disney Imagineering has also released a preview video of the Na’vi Shaman Audio-Animatronic from the Na’vi River Journey finale scene:

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    Walt Disney World has released a short sneak peak of the Na’vi River Journey:

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    2/21/17

    Walt Disney Imagineering has released a new video where Joe Rohde gives a few additional sneak peeks into Pandora and explains how the new land fits with the core theme of Disney's Animal Kingdom:

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    Do we have a narrower time frame yet, or is it just the year 2017?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateLover
    Do we have a narrower time frame yet, or is it just the year 2017?
    Sorry, missed that part of the quote; Summer 2017.
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    Has anyone heard if there is a definite date? We will be there mid May.
    I am really hoping. ���� I have not been able to travel as much with my health. So may will be my first trip in 2 years. It might be 2-3 years before we go again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Here we go again...
    Has anyone heard if there is a definite date? We will be there mid May.
    There is a black-out period (for Disney's Animal Kingdom only) with a new Florida discount from May 27th through June 9th, 2017; so it is being strongly expected that this will be the opening week for Pandora.

    There could be some chance of previews ahead of May 27th, but the closer to that date the better the chances.
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    With new openings such as this, do they typically release FP's ahead of time? If so, how far in advance? I have to assume there is always the possibility that the opening could have delays, impacting FP's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment! View Post
    There is a black-out period (for Disney's Animal Kingdom only) with a new Florida discount from May 27th through June 9th, 2017; so it is being strongly expected that this will be the opening week for Pandora.

    There could be some chance of previews ahead of May 27th, but the closer to that date the better the chances.
    Fingers crossed for a preview the days before Memorial Day weekend.

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    The river ride is going to be the crown jewel of this land, mark my words...
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    I'm not a Pandora fan but if there's going to be a ride similar to Soarin' I'm in. I'm sure this will bring the masses to the park. I can't wait to hear reviews once it's open.

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    Love it. I ADORE the conservation message and that Disney is continuing to push the idea of valuing nature. Cannot wait to see this.
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    Well, it does sort of meet the representation of the dragons in the park signs.. The "beastly" realm sort of concept.
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    I hope that it delivers on all the potential and, more importantly, that it continues to do so into the future (built in a way that the company is willing and able to maintain).

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