Inside Walt Disney World's Avatar attractions: Floating mountains, flying banshees and colorful food
Fans will soon be able to step into Avatar.
Good Morning America shared a sneak peek of the new attractions opening at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. this summer.
For example, the Valley of Mo'ara is filled with lush forests, exotic plants and floating mountains, plus signs that translate phrases from the film's unique language. The landscape becomes bioluminescent at night, while food offerings are vibrantly colorful.
"This is the first time I feel like I'm walking in the movie," said producer Jon Landau, "because when we made the movie, it was a virtual world. We didn't build any of the Pandora sets."
Good Morning America also sampled the ride Flight of Passage, for which each rider is scanned to create a custom avatar. The virtual reality ride — which is an experience also in smell, touch and taste — then has the ticketholder soaring atop a banshee.
Additionally, the James Cameron-directed films are the basis for the Na'vi River Journey, also located in the new land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Cameron offered a look at the upcoming attractions in December, saying in a video, "I don't know if I can express how it feels to see something that I imagined in 1995 suddenly made physically real. They are using the absolute cutting-edge technology. Stuff that has never been applied before."