Dis­ney recre­ates Pandora, the world de­picted in Avatar

Dis­ney tries to recre­ate Pandora, the world de­picted in the genre-defin­ing 3D film ‘Avatar’. Here’s how the com­pany did it

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Mekado Murphy

Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom as­pired to recre­ate that ex­pe­ri­ence. Did they pull it off? The an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes

The first time I saw the 2009 film

Avatar, I was pulled into its world. The gor­geous habitat of the moon of Pandora was rich and alive on screen in a way that made me feel as if I were there, able to touch its float­ing moun­tains.

Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom as- pires to recre­ate that ex­pe­ri­ence, a tall or­der. There is an in­her­ent chal­lenge of trans­port­ing the world to a theme park: The movie’s Na’vi in­hab­i­tants had to con­tend with viper­wolves in the for­est, while vis­i­tors to Pandora: The World of Avatar mostly have to con­tend with crowds and lines. But the world aims to give fans of the film (and young fans in the mak­ing) the same jaw­drop­ping, im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Did they pull it off? The an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes. When I vis­ited the park in spring, I was as wowed as I was the first time I donned those 3D glasses to catch it on the big screen. A team of Imag­i­neers - em­ploy­ees of Walt Dis­ney Imag­i­neer­ing, which han­dles de­sign and de­vel- op­ment - worked closely with the film’s di­rec­tor, James Cameron, and its pro­ducer, Jon Lan­dau, to trans­port guests to the place where the moun­tains are float­ing and the flow­ers are glow­ing. This Pandora is set a gen­er­a­tion af­ter the events of the first film and its com­ing se­quels.

The bad guys from the Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Ad­min- is­tra­tion, the movie’s eco-un­friendly min­ing group, have left Pandora’s Val­ley of Mo’ara. What’s left is sus­tained nature and Na’vi in com­mu­nion with it.

That in­cludes, of course, some of the float­ing moun­tains, the bi­o­lu­mi­nes­cent forests and the fly­ing ban­shees. Be­low is a look at how the park in­cor­po­rated those, and much more.

Sculpted moun­tains "float" through­out Pandora: The World of Avatar

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