With Disney doubling down on parks dedicated to popular franchises (from Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy) it should come as no surprise that we now have one based on the highest grossing movie of all time. Yep, you can now visit Pandora: the World of Avatar.
Naturally, this is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, because the message of Avatar is all about protecting Mother Nature, even if that Mother Nature is on a fictional, habitable moon circling the planet Polyphemus in the Alpha Centauri star system. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the Na’vi culture (which writer/director James Cameron spent years developing), or you want to play hero and make-believe as a member of the RDA’s Avatar team, you can live out your sci-fi fantasies in the park. If you haven’t seen the movie, then this next paragraph won’t make a ton of sense, but it’s sure to at least peak your interest.
Wild rides let you fly on the backs of mythical creatures, delve deep into bioluminescent forests, or hike among floating mountains in an otherworldly valley, further expanding the Avatar universe that the first movie just barely touched upon. Even the restaurants have extensive backstories; the Satu’li Canteen lets you “indulge in the art and culture of the Na’vi as you dine inside a former RDA mess hall” and a snack bar called Pongu Pongu is the perfect place to grab a drink and meet the owner, an “eclectic expat” on the moon of Pandora.
Even if you aren’t a huge Avatar geek, it’s a mind-bogglingly well-fleshed-out world, one that combines two favorite tropes: old-fashioned jungle adventures and futuristic sci-fi. Or you can think of it as a dive into the mind of noted madman genius(?) James Cameron. Either way, it’s a wild experience.