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P. 73: Earth Week Celebration offerings announced!

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That's a pretty awesome media invite package. I still think this section is going to be absolute stunning, even if the big E-ticket attraction is kind of a mediocre screen based simulator.

 

I'm really excited about the Navi river journey, it's a boat ride through a glowing forest, how can it not be good?

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Wow Disney managed to pack the whole concept of Universal Studios in this package!

 

It's just missing 3D glasses. Ironic, considering that's what Avatar is famous for. Seriously though that box is fantastic. I wasn't the biggest fan of the movie's story but Pandora visually looked stunning at least in it and Disney have me way more interested in this land than I ever thought I would be.

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Still keeping my fingers crossed about a soft opening. Although, now that Disney has announced all of the official media days, etc. for the event; it seems much less likely that I'll be able to see Pandora. We're heading down for our Disney Vacay the 20th of May through the 24th. Literally missing opening by 3 days (this is what I get for letting non-disney freaks do the vacation booking).

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^Yeah, it will obviously be closed the 23rd and 24th for media stuff, and I'm not quite sure how long the pass holder previews go on for (they start the 14th), just keep an eye here as we get closer and we'll all know more.

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  • 2 weeks later...

 

Just breathtaking. Truly.

 

The funny part though, to me, was the music. Definitely not of Pandora, LOL!

I'm sure they've got some amazing atmosphere music and 'sounds' cooked up,

to make it all the more real and enhancing.

 

Thanks for sharing this, Robb! We both so wanna go - but it's gonna be a while

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While I'm still not sold on the IP, the film had amazing visuals which appear to have translated extremely well to the park. It'll be interesting to see how this area is received--especially if/when James Cameron gets those sequels made.

 

But I'm still hoping that a Journey to the Center of the Earth clone ends up here someday.

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This looks amazing. I really like Avatar, while the storyline itself is obviously nothing new the visuals and elements that would translate well into a theme park were breathtaking. I'm not really a Disney guy, but this will absolutely get us to Disney later this year or early next year.

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Yes, Happy Earth Day Birthday!

 

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Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

 

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Special animal cutouts they encouraged you to take pictures with and #disneyanimals

 

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It's a Party!

 

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Even if it was a little overcast today...

 

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Typical lazy kangaroo

 

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Lots of birds today

 

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This was a wild one

 

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Porcupines

 

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These guys were having fun

 

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Almost time

 

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They moved the Dino-Land bird show into the bird show stadium as a pre-show. I don't know if this is a permanent change to the show but I do know I will stop saying show for the rest of this post.

 

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Show chicken

...sorry...

 

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Trumpeter Hornbill

 

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A wild Joe approaches!

 

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Where did his flag go?

 

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Ahhh...

 

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Joe was not pleased

 

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Look at that face!!!!

 

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Something you don't see every day... money back at a theme park!

 

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A bigger hornbill

 

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And he gets a snack

 

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That's Baby!

 

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Baby is very beautiful

 

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Harris Hawk

 

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Frasier... Frasier Crane

 

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Hope

 

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I'm glad they resolved that plotline and didn't leave a cliffhanger until season 2

 

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Owl

 

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There are more than animals at Animal Kingdom

 

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But it is Earth Day so we won't dwell on the roller coasters

 

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I'm not sure raccoons live in Africa but this one found a nice home on the Gorilla Falls Trail

 

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Colobus monkey

 

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Spiny mouse

 

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Lizard & Son

 

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Bird shower

 

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Shampoo

 

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And rinse

 

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Oh sorry, I'll give you some privacy

 

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I promised more birds

 

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So get ready for more

 

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Ok last one.

 

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Timon and friend

 

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Bored or angry?

 

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Angry...

 

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...because his blanket was stolen!

 

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These guys are pretty good

 

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They get the audience involved too

 

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Stop and watch next time you're in Africa

 

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Water horse

 

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Croc

 

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Hey! Watch where you point those things!

 

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Just... a little... further...

 

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Lot's of action on the savannah

 

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Yum

 

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What are you looking at?

 

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Ok stop looking at us

 

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As long as you stay there we'll be cool

 

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More horn fights. Time to get out of here! Thanks for reading!

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We are at Avatar for a media sneak peek! I'll have a full report later, but here's some updates so far....

 

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We have arrived @WDWToday #AnimalKingdom! We may or may not be getting a preview of Pandora!

 

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This is what we are doing this morning! Follow along! We will tweet as much as we are allowed!

 

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What's the best way to start your morning @WDWToday? Mickey Mouse waffles of course!!!

 

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We are about to go behind the wall and get a sneak peek of #VisitPandora

 

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Stefan from WDI: "This is not about the movie Avatar, this is about the World of Pandora."

 

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We have just walked into the World of Pandora!

 

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Words do not do justice of how good things looks in person!!! WOW!!!

 

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I simply cannot say enough words to describe how amazing this all looks!

 

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Entrance to the Na'vi River Journey attraction! We will be riding soon!

 

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In the queue for the Na'vi River Journey

 

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A look inside the Na'vi River Journey! The attraction is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

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In the queue for the Flight of Passage attraction! The detail is incredible!

 

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Level of detail in Flight of Passage queue is CRAZY! The ride is by far the best media-based attraction I've done!

 

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A very proud @Joe_Rohde hanging out in #Pandora. He and the WDI team did an incredible job!

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Pandora looks like one of the best things Disney has ever made! Thank you for the pictures and video!

 

Out of curiosity, how exactly does Flight of Passage work? Is it VR, or more like Soarin' but with 3D glasses in addition to the screen?

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YES to the Giant Monkey pushing the rock!

 

YES to some wonderful photos, from every part of the park!

 

And YES to an absolutely fantastic look at an entirely new "land" for Disney.

This is like the organic "alien nature" response to Universal and it's Potter-Verse.

 

I love it! Thanks for the great tour of AK. The night shots are awesome, too!

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This is all so amazing looking! I am wondering how the land resonates with people who never saw or didn't really care for Avatar.

I actually never saw the movie nor do I care about it. That being said, I felt like that didn't impact anything at all. This could have been an "original IP land" as far as I'm aware and I was sold on it just fine if I think about it that way!

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