Yesterday, the official Avatar Twitter account released some concept art for the upcoming sequels to the 2009 blockbuster.
When it was announced for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the idea of an Avatar land was somewhat of a head scratcher for fans of the park. That said, the execution by Joe Rohde and team was nothing short of brilliant and the land turned out to be a highlight of the Walt Disney World Resort. One of the main reasons beyond the natural beauty of the land is the headline attraction, Flight of Passage. On Flight of Passage, guests enter a Soarin’-type ride where the world of Pandora unfolds beneath them as they ride a bike that is meant to simulate flight on the back of a Banshee. Even if guests didn’t connect with the 2009 movie, they were lining up for hours to ride and re-ride the Flight of Passage attraction.
Of course, fans of the attraction won’t have trouble at all drawing parallels between the vistas flown over in the ride and the latest concept art released for the sequels set to be released in the coming years.
Compare that with some scenes from the Flight of Passage attraction and it’s clear that we’ve been visiting the same locales in Flight of Passage that we’ll visit in the Avatar sequels.
And it’s not just observation, either. Producer Jon Landau has stated that there are creatures and locales that are in Flight of Passage that could very likely show up in the sequels.
“As we’ve moved on with the sequels to Avatar we made a very conscious decision to stage the whole four sequels on Pandora. We don’t need to go to another world if we want water, we’re going to go to the oceans of Pandora. Just like you see in Flight of Passage. Also, some of those creatures that you see (on Flight of Passage), don’t be surprised if they show up in the films.”
It looks like there is certainly more than meets the eye with Flight of Passage, and it’ll be fun to see how many creatures and locales show up on the big screen when the first Avatar sequel hits theaters in December 2021.