The World of Avatar – Orange County Register

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.

The lush landscapes that are meant to immerse visitors into believing they are on another planet in Pandora: The World of Avatar. The 12-acre land is inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida, and is based on the science fiction movie “Avatar.” (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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.

One of the fictional plants in the newest land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida called Pandora: The World of Avatar. The 12-acre land was designed to immerse visitors to make them think they are on the moon of Pandora as seen in the movie. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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…

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