Disney Reveals Openings Of World Of Avatar, Star Wars Land

by Jessica Montevago
Disney Reveals Openings Of World Of Avatar, Star Wars Land

Pandora—The World of Avatar rendering. Photo: Disney


Walt Disney’s ambitious Pandora—The World of Avatar will open May 27 at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL, CEO Bob Iger announced Wednesday during a shareholders meeting.

The 12-acre land is based on Pandora, the mythical world from James Cameron’s box-office hit Avatar— which currently is filming the first of four sequels. The project will bring the franchise to life; guests can explore the Na'vi River or ride gigantic flying lizards above the forests of Pandora.

"This is a very big land with unique design and architecture that really does make you feel like you're in Pandora," Iger said.

There will be a themed restaurant, “Satu’li Canteen,” plus a bar and a gift shop. There will be two main attractions: Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. The first ride will have guests flying over jungles and floating mountains atop a Mountain Banshee. On the latter, guests will sail down a river hidden inside a glowing forest.

The project is part of Disney’s larger plan to transform Disney’s Animal Kingdom from a day into a night-time theme park. It recently added Kilimanjaro Safaris, extending its hours past sunset so guests can experience nocturnal animals, and a “Rivers of Light” show in a new Discovery River waterside theater.

Iger also announced that the Star Wars-themed land for both Disneyland Park in California and Disney World in Florida are slated to open in 2019. Construction of the 14-acre expansion in Hollywood Studios started last April. While Disney has been mum on the park’s features, there reportedly will be a ride that allows visitors to pilot a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon.


Star Wars Land concept. Photo: Disney

  4
  0
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Best Things to Do in Fargo, North Dakota

1. Belly up to the snack bar.

2. Craft a beer menu.

3. Stroll along Broadway.

4. Look at, and sleep among, art.

Source: CNN.  

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=dab35eef-ff9e-e811-853f-782bcb667b27

FOMO Strikes Again! Yep, They Booked It Without You

Should you resist the temptation to unfriend or confront them? Hear the advice of agents who have been there and know how best to handle these unfortunate, but all-too-common scenarios.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Travelers are Still Confused by Airline Loyalty Programs
Travelers are Still Confused by Airline Loyalty Programs

Survey ranks best airline loyalty programs by overall satisfaction and ease of understanding the offerings, with JetBlue topping the list.

Major Airlines Roll Out New Benefits for Corporate Customers
Major Airlines Roll Out New Benefits for Corporate Customers

Delta extends corporate benefits to flights on select airline partners and United launches a new Corporate Preferred program.

WestJet Adds Service to Maui, Las Vegas and More for Winter 2018-2019
WestJet Adds Service to Maui, Las Vegas and More for Winter 2018-2019

Canadian travelers will have additional flight options to warm-weather destinations, as well as schedule improvements.

Theft of Alaska Airplane by Employee Exposes Gaps in Airport Security
Theft of Alaska Airplane by Employee Exposes Gaps in Airport Security

Tragic event leads to serious concerns about a loophole in the post-9/11 airport security system, questioning how someone could simply hop into a plane and take off unnoticed at one of the busiest airports in the country.

Air France, KLM, and Air Europa Explore Joint Venture
Air France, KLM, and Air Europa Explore Joint Venture

Air France-KLM and Air Europa are examining an expansion of this agreement to include a wider range of operations in tandem.

New York City Votes to Cap the Number of Uber and Lyft Drivers
New York City Votes to Cap the Number of Uber and Lyft Drivers

With a vote by the New York City Council to freeze new vehicle licenses, the Big Apple became the first major American city to reign in rapidly expanding ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Norwegian Cruise Line