Disney To Create Avatar Land Complete With Giant Bioluminescent Plants

First photos from the upcoming Florida attraction give Avatar fans a taste of what to expect in 2017

Ever wondered how it would feel to crash through the verdant jungle on a six-legged steed or pray at the altar of a kindly tree-god? Then you’re in luck: a new theme park attraction based on the blockbuster megalith Avatar looks set to deliver just such thrills. Disney has released the first images of Avatar Land, which is due to open in 2017 at the mouse house’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida.

Images on the Disney parks blog show a family walking along a path through a multi-coloured jungle, floating through fluorescent foliage in a boat and even partying with Na’vi revellers. “As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of Avatar, guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a night-time jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound,” said Disney’s Tom Staggs in a post. “Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.”

Avatar-land is already two years behind schedule, the attraction having been due to open in 2015 when it was first announced two years ago. “This is a big endeavour, and we currently expect them to open in early 2017,” said Staggs in response to the delay.

Director James Cameron is planning three new films set in the same solar system as the forest moon of Pandora, where the action took place in Avatar. The 2009 film is the highest-grossing of all time, with a $2.7bn worldwide take.

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