As we get closer to the May opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney has been ramping up its promotions efforts to try and generate as much excitement for this new land as possible Over the last week in particular, Disney has been promoting this new land very heavily on ABC network shows like Good Morning America, The View, The Chew and Nightline.
Viewers who tuned in to these programs got a great look at what the outside of Pandora – The World of Avatar looks like both during the day and the night, with series creator James Cameron and Imagineer Joe Rohde walking various television personalities though this new area, explaining how it fit into the larger Disney's Animal Kingdom park, and drawing specific attention to the floating mountain landmark, which will serve as the icon of this new area.
However, even though we’ve gotten a pretty good look at some of the outside areas of this new land over the last week, eagle-eyed guests may have been able to steal a few glances at what has surprisingly become Disney’s most secretive attraction: Avatar – Flight of Passage.
Though we won’t know all about this new attraction until the end of May when Pandora – The World of Avatar actually opens, here’s what we’ve learned over the past new days about what guests will experience when they board this thrilling new attraction for the first time.
1. A new type of ride system unlike anything you've seen before
One of the first questions that Walt Disney World fans ask when they find out that a new attraction is being built is what “kind” of ride it is. A simulator like Star Tours or Soarin’? A boat ride like It’s a Small World or Pirates of the Caribbean? A roller coaster? While these questions typically have had a simple answer (we know that the new Millennium Falcon attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be a simulator, for instance), Disney has been less than forthcoming about what kind of attraction Avatar - Flight of Passage will be. While Disney has said that this new attraction will give guests the sensation of flying through the air on the back of a Banshee creature, details about how exactly this effect would be accomplished have been kept top secret. Until now.
If you check out the Nightline video above, you’ll notice a number of things. First of all, it looks like this attraction will have a 3D screen element that will require special "flight goggles", similar to those currently in use at Toy Story Midway Mania.
However, perhaps more interestingly, it has been confirmed that guests who board this attraction will ride in a so-called “link chair”, which it looks like guests will either sit or straddle, with some kind of harness attaching to the back (similar to that used in the Tron: Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster at Shanghai Disneyland). Viewers may also notice that this ride vehicle also includes handlebars, implying that there will be some extreme vertical/lateral movement, which would explain the high 44 inch height restriction.
And though a look at the ride vehicle can help us infer some thing about this new attraction, there's some other confirmed new elements we're excited about as well!