Avatar Flight of Passage

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Avatar Flight of Passage
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Avatar in the standby queue
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Area Pandora – The World of Avatar
Coordinates 28°21′19″N 81°35′32″W / 28.3554°N 81.5921°W / 28.3554; -81.5921Coordinates: 28°21′19″N 81°35′32″W / 28.3554°N 81.5921°W / 28.3554; -81.5921
Status Operating
Soft opening date May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)[1]
Opening date May 27, 2017 (2017-05-27)[2][3]
General statistics
Attraction type 3D flying simulator
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Lightstorm Entertainment
Theme Avatar
Duration 4.5 minutes
Height restriction 44 in (112 cm)
Audio-animatronics Yes
Fastpass+ available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available

Avatar Flight of Passage is a 3D flying simulator attraction within Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Set in the Avatar universe, the attraction allows guests to take flight on a native mountain Banshee and soar across the landscape of Pandora.[4]

Development[edit]

Work on Avatar Flight of Passage began in 2012 and involved staff from Walt Disney Imagineering, LEI (Lightstorm Entertainment Inc., co-founded by James Cameron), and Weta Digital. All of the footage in the ride is original, with Executive Producer Amy Jupiter revealing, "Everything you see in the attraction’s main show was original to this production. We were fortunate to be able to use the model and texture assets from the first film during our templating/visualization process. We were also able to use animation cycles for our [background] characters."[5] Weta Digital provided the main ride film footage.[6]

Ride experience[edit]

In the attraction's storyline, the humans and Na'vi are attempting to restore the banshee population to natural levels, after the mining tactics caused by the Resources Development Administration generations prior. Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) has reactivated the avatar program through the Pandora Conservation Initiative as a method of conducting research, and allows guests to link with an avatar to fly on an Ikran (known as a "Banshee" by humans) to partake in the Na'vi's tribal coming-of-age tradition.[7]

Set within the remains of a former Resources Development Administration facility, the attraction invites guests into the ACE lab where guests are linked to an "avatar" and fly aboard a banshee across the Valley of Mo'ara.[8]

Warning cards[edit]

On February 27, 2018, after four incidents had occurred,[9][10] Disney added warning cards for riders before entering the ride. The cards are similar to those on Mission: Space and warn riders about fear of heights, motion sickness, and the seating restraints.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolf, Colin. "Disney's Pandora: The World of Avatar is now in soft-opening mode". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Pandora – The World of Avatar to Open May 27, Star Wars Lands Coming in 2019 - The Walt Disney Company". The Walt Disney Company. February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ Smith, Thomas (February 7, 2017). "Just Announced: Pandora – The World of Avatar Will Open May 27 at Disney's Animal Kingdom". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ Graser, Marc (December 10, 2014). "'Avatar' Ride Coming to Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ McGowan, Chris (June 25, 2018). "AVATAR: FLIGHT OF PASSAGE: A Cinematic, Multi-Sensory 3D Experience That Soars". VFX Voice. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Mekado (July 31, 2017). "Inside Avatar, the Theme Park Version". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ Porges, Seth (April 26, 2017). "Everything You Need To Know About Disney's New 'Avatar'-Themed Land". Forbes. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Martens, Todd (April 29, 2017). "What it's like to walk, ride and fly through Disney World's new Pandora park". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Disney's Avatar Ride causes woman to pass out, according to new report of theme-park injuries". Fox News. July 19, 2017. Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Disney: 2 health issues reported at Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom, report says". Orlando Sentinel. January 16, 2017. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  11. ^ "PHOTO: Guests Riding Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom Now Given Warning Cards". WDW News Today. February 27, 2018. Archived from the original on February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018. 

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