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'Pandora: The World of Avatar' set to open at Disney's Animal Kingdom May 27

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Karen Butler
The cast of Avatar which won the Best Motion Picture, Drama award at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17, 2010. Theme-park attractions based on the movie are to open May 27 at Disney's Animal Kingdom. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
The cast of "Avatar" which won the Best Motion Picture, Drama award at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17, 2010. Theme-park attractions based on the movie are to open May 27 at Disney's Animal Kingdom. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Pandora: The World of Avatar is to open May 27 at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger made the announcement Tuesday.

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"Created in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, the new land will transport guests to the mythical world of Pandora, where they'll explore a world of floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and join the Na'vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level," The Walt Disney Company said on its website. "The family-friendly Na'vi River Journey will send guests on a boat ride through a bioluminescent rainforest, culminating with an unforgettable encounter with a Na'vi Shaman -- a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. The second excursion, Avatar: Flight of Passage, will allow guests to fly through the skies over Pandora on the back of a Banshee."

The theme-park attractions were inspired by Cameron's 2009 sci-fi epic starring Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez. The movie followed 22nd century humans as they colonize the moon Pandora.

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