Whatever you thought of James Cameron‘s Avatar, there is no denying just how stunning a world the filmmakers created through their innovative use of CGI. As many as nine hundred people were working on the visual effects to create such a visually impressive film, from the unique lighting that created the eerie yet beautiful glow coming from the bioluminescent forests to the unique motion capture technology used to accurately recreate the minutiae of actors’ facial expressions. Plotholes and cliches aside, it is no surprise that this movie captivated people with its incredible visual effects, inspiring spin off books, video games, action figures, commemorative stamps and even a theme park attraction at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Pandora: The World of Avatar was officially announced in 2011 and is due to open at the end of May this year. It has been designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, with movie producers James Cameron and Jon Landau acting as creative consultants, ensuring that the park is accurate in terms of the world and story established in the movie, not to mention as exciting and impressive as the film.
There are a total of five films in the Avatar franchise now planned for production, with the second one due for release at the end of 2018.
Cameron has now revealed that the world explored in the theme park will be set after the entire series of film movies is over. This means that fans who plan to visit this year will get a glimpse into the future for Pandora long before the rest of the world will be able to see how the story progresses.
Two separate videos have now been released offering the world the first glimpse into the new attraction.
One was from The View, showing James Cameron himself taking Whoopi Goldberg on a tour of the park.
The second sees Jon Landau introduction not only the Pandora park, but also the Flight of Passage attraction, a 3D simulator that gives park guests that chance to experience riding on the back of a banshee.