A new report has emerged which purports to describe the ride experience for the headline attraction at Pandora - World of Avatar, the new land that will open at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017.
One-time LA Times journalist Robert Niles scooped the world when he posted the plans for Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, and it seems he's repeated the trick once again by gaining a glimpse at the plans for the Avatar attraction. If Niles' observations are accurate, then the ride system will have a lot in common with The Simpsons Ride at Universal's park, although we can safely expect the technology to have moved on significantly from that 1990s-era simulator.
The key points from Niles' report (which, remember, is yet to be confirmed by Disney) are:
- Avatar Land will open in phases, with the 3-D attraction being part of the first phase.
- There will be four theaters hosted in a massive five or six-story show building.
- Guests will view a pre-show, and will wear 3-D glasses for the main show.
- The show itself will be projected onto an enormous, curved IMAX-style screen, just as it is in The Simpsons Ride.
- Riders will board vehicles that rise to one of three show levels in front of the screen, in a similar style to The Simpsons Ride. Seemingly, multiple ride vehicles will view the same screen. These vehicles may be suspended from the theater's ceiling.
There are more details in Niles' report, so head on over to Theme Park Insider to read them.
The 3-D ride will be joined by a boat ride through Pandora's forests, although it's not clear whether this will open at the same time. Other rumored attractions include a walkthrough experience in which guests' will meet animals from the Avatar universe, and plants and pavements that light up as guests walk on or past them.
It's worth noting, too that the report lends further weight to our argument last week that Disney will NOT scrap or delay Avatar Land or the proposed Star Wars Land for Disney's Hollywood Studios as a result of overspending on the MyMagic+ project.
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