Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World have unveiled the stories behind upcoming major attractions, Volcano Bay and Pandora – The World of Avatar.
As Disney and Universal go head to head this summer, the backstories of these two eagerly awaited attractions are filled in.
Universal’s Volcano Bay
The creation of the volcano is explained as the work of short-tempered, fiery god, Krakatau who reaches into the earth and pulls it to the sky. He then imprisons his anger in a fire spirit whom he buries deep in the mountain.
Inspiration for the Waturi tribe, the people who inhabit the volcano, draws on cultures from the South Pacific region. According to the story, they were guided to their home by a mystical fish name Kunuku.
The storytelling helps to explain the names of the attractions which include Krakatau Aqua Coaster and Waturi Beach.
Pandora – The World of Avatar
According to Disney’s latest video about Pandora – The World of Avatar, the environment is reminiscent of both the Asia and Africa areas of Animal Kingdom.
In order to create a real sense of place, Disney is using genuine artefacts such as weaving from Indonesia, Java and Sumatra. There will also be animals to create a sense of exploration and adventure.
The intention is to ‘transport’ visitors as closely as possible into the land of the film.
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