Skip to main content

Scene Setting: Disney and Universal on the Stories Behind Pandora and Volcano Bay

pandora world of avatar ground banshee ride

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.

Universal’s Volcano Bay is set to open on May 25th.

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.

Pandora – The World of Avatar opens May 27th.

Images and video: Universal & Disney

Share this
charles read blooloop

Charles Read

Charles is Managing Director at Blooloop. He attends numerous trade shows around the world and frequently speaks about trends and social media for the attractions industry at conferences. Outside of Blooloop his passions are diving, trees and cricket.

More from this author

More from this author

Related content

Your web browser is out of date. Update your browser for more security, speed and the best experience on this site.

Find out how to update