BAY LAKE, Fla. — Crews will spend Thursday putting the finishing touches on Pandora, an "Avatar"-themed land will open Saturday at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom theme park.
Matt Beiler, a producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, said that although the film is science fiction, he and his colleagues designed the land with a focus on realism.
"When I go to Africa, this is a real place in Africa," he said. "The same thing happens here when guests come here to Pandora. They are going to a real valley."
The resort's newest attraction brings the film to life with scenery inspired by the movie, including majestic waterfalls, boat rides down the fictional Na’vi River and a bioluminescent rainforest, which illuminates at night.
"From the moment you walk in, it's astonishing," visitor Christian Rivera said.
Park visitors will be made to feel as if they're walking among floating mountains and soaring on the back of a flying "banshee."
Park visitors will also be able to beat on drums at Pandora, and Satu’li Canteen serves a movie-inspired menu.
"Walt said, 'It's kind of fun to do the impossible,'" Beiler said. "And that is what every imagineer has at their core: They embrace the challenge."
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