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Happy 3 years to Pandora and Disney reopening dates

Happy 3 years to Pandora and Disney reopening dates

Happy 3 years to Pandora-The World of Avatar. I can’t believe it’s already been three years, in that short of time the park has been directly hit by hurricane Irma, subsequently closing for two days, and is currently closed do to the COVID-19 pandemic. However there is some promising news which I’ll get to shortly. I wanted to send a big irayo to all the cast and crew who’ve worked at Pandora and helped bring the area to life. I enjoyed watching the online updates in the years leading up to the Pandora addition and when I got the chance to visit it didn’t let me down. In fact it took all my expectations and blew them out of the water. Here is to many more birthdays for Pandora, and less disasters in the future.

Also I wanted to mention, starting July 11th Pandora/Animal Kingdom will begin a phased reopening process. According to CNN, Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its parks, including the following-

  • Employees and guests will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks.
  • Disney will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds
  • The resort will also enable cashless transactions by expanding contactless payments.
  • Disney will also increase the number of available hand-sanitizing stations.
Avatar Sequel Set Pictures and speculation

Avatar Sequel Set Pictures and speculation

Hey everyone! Jon Landau continues to show amazing photos of sets and the cast from the upcoming sequels. He has recently shared some great news and that is that they are headed back to New Zealand next week to resume working on the Avatar sequels which have been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He also recently shared the these photos.

The Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom), and the Picador jetboat (top). Wow look at that harpoon on the Matador. I think these are RDA boats, you can even see the “Ops” from Sec Ops on the Picadors side. If you rode the Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom you know we get to see some of the sea creatures that will most likely be in the sequels like the giant nalutsa. Also when Avatar released the first bit of concept art from the sequels we got to see two Na’vi riding ilu. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the RDA were hunting the nalutsa or ilu in the movie with giant harpoons like these.

Bottom row left to right, Zoe Saldana (Neytiri of the Omatikaya) and Sam Worthington (Jake Sully, Chief of the Omatikaya). Top row left to right, Kate Winslet (Ronal of the Metkayina) and Cliff Curtis (Tonowari, Chief of the Metkayina). This is fantastic to see, this is the first picture I’ve seen of Sam on set, and we get a chance to see them in the silver water mo-cap suits. We first saw the underwater suits in early 2018 when Zoe posted a video and some pictures of herself while wearing one on IG. The floating white balls were discussed by Jon on another photo, they prevent light from contaminating the underwater performance capture system while allowing anyone in the water to surface safely.

One of the first looks we got of the underwater mo-cap suits, shared by Zoe Saldana on IG in 2018.

James Cameron giving the actors direction before they dive underwater to capture performances for a scene. Here we get a blurry but good view of the white balls again. I would love to know who all is in this shot. I believe the far right could be Lea Catania.

This is such a cool behind the scenes shot of how they are doing the underwater mo-cap production. I really hope we get a great making-of book for Avatar 2. I can’t wait to learn so much more about all the new technology that’s going into the sequels.

The aft well deck section of the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that carries an array of other sea-going craft in the Avatar sequels. It really looks like the RDA are looking to dominate the Pandoran oceans in Avatar 2. It will be very interesting to see how all of these different vessels play out.

Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine) and Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman) back in the Site 26 Shack set for some scenes for the new movies. Wow this picture sure brings back memories, it looks like it is straight from the original Avatar. It will have been 12 years between Avatar and Avatar 2, so I love the idea of flashbacks like this. Which brings me to the next photos that Jon shared with us in 2019, think there is any chance we get to see Trudy again in a flashback? I know she stopped by as a visitor, I think it would be pretty special if they worked her into a flashback.

Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy Chacon) with Garrett Warren (Avatar stunt coordinator).

Jon Landau and Michelle on set in New Zealand.

Michelle with James Cameron.

 

Why Lightstorm moved to MBS

Why Lightstorm moved to MBS

I recently came across an article in the LA Times from back in 2011 that has a lot of really interesting information about Lightstorm and why James Cameron and Jon Landau decided on Manhattan Beach Studios as the home for the Avatar sequels. Thought I would share it, hope everyone enjoys and learns something new. Just click the link below for the article.

On Location: James Cameron to produce next two “Avatar” films at Manhattan Beach studio

James Cameron’s Manhattan Beach Offices

James Cameron’s Manhattan Beach Offices

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/james-cameron-takes-us-inside-his-never-before-seen-avatar-inspired-eco-friendly-offices-in-manhattan-beach

This is a very informative article posted at the end of last year showcasing a bit of the Lightstorm offices. I was fortunate to have visited them back in 2014 when Avatar Meet was invited to visit. They are everything these pictures show and more. The article is fantastic but I felt like some of the picture descriptions were a little off so I wanted to run through them.

This is the lobby right outside of the movie theater they have at Lightstorm. The entrance we used would be to the left of where this photo was taken. The shadow box up on the ceiling is so beautiful to see.

This also is part of the lobby right outside of the theater. The previous photo was aimed at the opposite wall as this one, and again the entrance we used is to your left from here.

Here is the theater, what a beauty! This picture truly doesn’t do it justice. I don’t have any personal pictures taken in here because I believe we were asked not to take any of the theater or lobby area. This was 4 years ago and I believe they wanted to expose their awesome facilities at their own pace.

This is the main office area. That is James Cameron’s office behind the purple wall, as seen in the next photo. You can see some really amazing things in here, that is Jakes wheelchair from Avatar, The Heart of the Ocean is in there from Titanic, plus several other amazing things.

Last but not least, Mr. Cameron’s office. It sure would be fun to step in there and hear the stories of all the props he has sitting in there.