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We go inside Pandora, Disney's Avatar-themed landRide a banshee and get touchy with glowing plants in this expansion to the Animal Kingdom theme park. Bridget Carey goes on a sneak-peek tour with the land's creators.
[SOUND] Disney is ready to transport guests to a whole new world, one that's 4.4 light years away. This is Pandora, the World of Avatar. It's an expansion to the Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida. Now it doesn't open until May 27th, but Disney imageneers took us on an early sneak peek tour of this land where visitors are immersed in the alien world of James Cameron's 2009 block buster movie Avatar. Wait a second, this movie is almost eight years old, what if you don't remember the film where nature loving [UNKNOWN] battle money grabbing humans bent on destroying their land for the mineral unobtanium [MUSIC] Well, Disney, working in collaboration with Cameron and his production company, made sure you didn't need to know the plot to enjoy this alien jungle, and make it feel believable. So there's a whole integration here between technical solutions and artistic solutions. Even James Cameron, himself, is crafting that world of Pandora to remind you of things. You know, animals you know, plants you know. We're doing the same thing here. It's really a remarkable dream-like alien place but it seems very familiar. Cameron is working on four more Avatar movie sequels but your journey takes place long after the plot of the movies. Now, human tourists visit to learn Na'vi language, culture And of course, taste local food and drink. [MUSIC] In the relaxing Nave River Journey boat ride, you drift through the beautiful night time jungle passed glowing animals and plants. And then, you meet the magnificent Nave shaman of song. And in all of Disney I have never seen an animatronic figure move so lifelike and then there's the thrill ride Avatar Flight of Passage. This is where you're gonna be matched to an Avatar those are the hybrid human aliens engineered to be controlled by the human mind. Put on your 3D glasses, sit in your seat and hold on tight. Since it's 3D, we can't quite capture how you ride a banshee. That swooping and whipping around the sky, but this ride hits all the senses blasting you with air, water, and smells. At sundown the plants, rocks, and water begin to glow bringing you energy into the night. Play around to see what reacts to your touch. This world needed to be interactive. We hear it with the sounds right now where there's a call and a response. All of the lighting fixtures go back to a huge programming board that allow us to create the bioluminescence. Literally thousands that you see throughout the land are connected through one central system. The mythical land drives home the same message of conservation that's woven throughout Animal Kingdom Park with the hope that visitors will take a lesson from our Navi neighbors and Alpha Centauri and cherish our precious planet. [MUSIC]