Anyone who watched Avatar knows that one of its signature elements is the beasts that were created to populate the world of Pandora. People have speculated as to what elements of Pandora would be featured when the new Avatar land will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Recently we’ve learned that one of the coolest creatures, the high flying Banshee will be prominently featured in the new area’s biggest ride. According to Variety, Walt Disney Exec Bob Iger was given the chance to board and ride a prototype of the ride vehicle that will be featured on the unnamed Banshee ride. After riding he commented, “It felt so real, so lifelike...There’s never been anything like it.”
The prototype gave a glimpse at what the final ride vehicle will be able to do. Guests will board and ride a life size Banshee throughout the ride. It is also said that the ride vehicle will move and even “breath” like the real creature would, giving guests a truly unique and authentic experience. Large video screen will provide the main portion of the ride’s experience and 3D elements will be also be added to the large theater.
Construction of the new Avatar land is still on schedule for the first opening to happen in December of 2016. Vertical construction at Animal Kingdom just started last week.