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Disney Releases First Look at ‘Avatar’ Theme Park (Video, Photos)

The attraction is slated to open at Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla. in 2017

Disney released the first look images at its upcoming “Avatar” theme park dubbed “Pandora,” which is slated to open in Orlando, Fla. at the Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in early-2017.

“From the moment ‘Avatar’ was released, people were captivated by the mythical world of Pandora,” Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs wrote on the department’s blog.

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“When we announced that we’d be working with [‘Avatar’ director] James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring this world to life in our parks, we felt certain that this partnership and combination of talent and imagination would produce an experience unlike any other ever created,” he continued.

The four art concept images, first released at the D23 Expo in Japan on Friday, show the park during the day, night, its planned live performances and a sky-high view from the movie’s bird-like flying predators, the Banshees, one of the park’s planned rides.

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“As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of ‘Avatar’ guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee,” said Staggs.

View the concept art below:


Park during the day.


Park at night.


View from the flying Banshee ride.


The park’s live performers.