If the news that the “Avatar” sequels are gearing up production got you excited to revisit the world of Pandora, you won’t have to wait until James Cameron gets the first of a planned four films in cinemas in 2019. Walt Disney World in Orlando is opening two “Avatar”-themed rides on May 27. One is a river ride, the other a chance to travel on a Banshee just like the Na’vi do in the movie.
Cameron gave “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg a sneak peek (watch above). As the Oscar-winning director (“Titanic”) explained to the EGOT champ, “You think of something, you do a few sketches, and then years later, you’re standing in it.” He elaborated: “A lot of visual ideas, like the whole bioluminescent forest, came right from a dream. I got up and sketched it out.”
Goldberg, a self-confessed sci-fi nut, was giddy with excitement as she described the rides. “You can soar on the back of a mountain banshee or you can travel on the Navi River Journey.” While rolling down the river on a raft looks like something we have seen before, the chance to soar on a big bird is mighty attractive. The imagineers at the house that Walt built must have worked overtime to devise that awe-inspiring ride.