Gigantic rocks seemingly float above the exotic landscape that is the moon of Pandora in a new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida.
The 12-acre attraction called Pandora: The World of Avatar, is based on the hit science fiction movie of “Avatar.” The area is designed to immerse visitors in the land, making them feel they are actually on a moon more than four light-years from Earth. It opened to the public Memorial Day weekend.
Besides the gravity-defying rocks, there are a number of exotic plants as seen in the science fiction movie, and at night, the plants, walkways and rockwork all glow, thanks to their bioluminescent qualities – also as seen in the movie.
When the movie was released in 2009, it went on to become one of the largest grossing movies ever. Two years later Disney announced a deal with James Cameron, writer and director of the movie, to build a new land based on the movie.
Joe Rohde, creative executive for the project with Walt Disney Imagineering, the design arm of the Walt Disney Company, worked directly with Cameron to oversee design of the land at Walt Disney World.
“We shared a common interest on the notion of nature as a fundamental value, and the notion of adventure as a transformative experience,” he said.
While based on the movie, the new land does not make a direct effort to…