May 27th marks the opening day of Pandora – The World of Avatar. When James Cameron began talks with Disney about creating this new world in 2011, the public has been eagerly awaiting this epic new experience. Even though the focus has been on how Pandora will change the landscape of Animal Kingdom, the reach of Pandora’s influence has gone far beyond the park.
To create Disney’s one-of-a-kind experience, over 800 pre-production jobs were required in Central Florida over the past 6 years.
“When you’re building an immersive land such as this, it takes all types of individuals,” Djuan Rivers, vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, said. “There are people who are technical experts, there are artisans, there are crafts, there are laborers.”
But the hiring process didn’t stop there. Once Pandora is complete Disney will need 700 more operations positions filled to keep the land running smoothly. Some of these positions include cast members for the new restaurant and gift shops, and also cast members who will need to be trained in the art of the Na’vi culture, dress, and even their language.
The backstory of these new cast members are explained by Imagineering producer Matt Beiler who said “It’s a group of people who have come to Pandora, and they’ve fallen in love with it, and decided to stay here”.
Pandora will dazzle park visitors with it’s massive floating mountains, bioluminescent jungles and plant life, and a special river that flows throughout. Disney will also be showing off it’s creative side with the flowers and food native to the Na’vi culture.
“It’s going to be something that opens their eyes, and their mouths will be wide open at the beauty of this place,” Beiler said. “It’s truly going to be a place that you’ve never seen before, that guests have never experienced before.”
One more month until Pandora – The World of Avatar opens to the public. Once it does we’ll be able to see how all of that hard work has paid off.
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