Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced during The Walt Disney Company Q1 FY 17 Earnings call that Pandora – The World of Avatar, the new expansion for Disney’s Animal Kingdom inspired by the film AVATAR, will open May 27. He also revealed that the new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be opening in 2019.
Created in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, the new land will transport guests to the mythical world of Pandora, where they’ll explore a world of floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.
The family-friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests on a boat ride through a bioluminescent rainforest, culminating with an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman—a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. The second excursion, Avatar Flight of Passage, will allow guests to fly through the skies over Pandora on the back of a Banshee.
Pandora – The World of Avatar will also bring new food & beverage and merchandise locations to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests may dine at Satu’li Canteen, enjoy drinks at Pongu Pongu and shop for Na’vi-inspired cultural items and souvenirs at Windtraders.