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The first images of Avatar-land have been teased — and you can almost hear Leona Lewis‘ soaring theme “I See You” accompanying them.
Disney has unveiled the initial concept art renderings of what James Cameron‘s world of Pandora will look like when the attraction opens in 2017 at the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.
The images show a boat full of visitors gliding over a river through a luminous jungle, a family walking through a park featuring floating mountains and an audience gathered to watch a band playing in front of brilliantly lit tree.
“As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of Avatar, guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound,” stated Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a blog post.
Disney announced a deal with Avatar director James Cameron in 2011 for the park to be built in Disney World. It was to be placed in Animal Kingdom because of the 2009 blockbuster’s themes “on living in harmony with nature.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger had stated in 2012 that the park would be completed by 2015.
On Saturday, Staggs replied to a commenter asking about a time table and noted that the Avatar-land wouldn’t be ready until 2017. “This is a big endeavor, and we currently expect them to open in early 2017,” he wrote.
Avatar, released in Dec. 2009, grossed more than $740 million during its U.S. theatrical release. In July, Fox revealed that there will be three sequels to the original film that will be released in 2016, 2017 and 2018, with production beginning in 2014.
See the concept art below (and more here):
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