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Disney’s ‘Pandora: The World of Avatar’ Opens to the Public Tomorrow


Walt Disney World is about to open up its first new land since the expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in late 2012. This time, the new section, Pandora: The World of Avatar, will be at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The new section opens on Saturday, May 27, though previews have been underway since early May for annual passholders. There's a lot on the immediate horizon (with much of Disney's Hollywood Studios under construction for lands devoted to Toy Story and Star Wars), but the Magic Kingdom also recently introduced a new fireworks spectacular “Happily Ever After,” following the April premiere of the long-awaited “Rivers of Light.”  It's been a busy couple of months at World Disney World.


The attention to detail in Pandora: The World of Avatar is beyond belief. The floating mountains will make visitors feel as though they are on another planet. Pandora: The World of Avatar contains two new rides. The first is a traditional dark ride, the slow, family-friendly Na'vi River Journey. The more spectacular ride is Avatar Flight of Passage.


There’s also a new canteen called Satu'li, and a bar called Pongu Pongu.

But it's at night that Pandora: The World of Avatar really comes to life with light shows including “Rivers of Light” that finally premiered on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, after an almost year-long delay.

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