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Could Disney’s ‘Avatar’ Ride Get ‘Star Tours’ Treatment?

As 20th Century Studios gets set to release Avatar: The Way of Water, director James Cameron has reportedly met with Disney CEO Bob Iger on ways to update the thrill ride Avatar: Flight of Passage to include the new movie.

Disney Fanatic recently reported on this story in which Cameron said:

“we would like to carry that along and update it from time to time with things that flow back out of the new movies. Because I think there’s a good synergy between the physical base where you can go and just kind of meditate and be on Pandora and how the movies progress the story and bring in new imagery.”

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Currently, the dedicated themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park designed by former Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, Pandora: The World of Avatar, is supposed to be set 100 years after the events of Cameron’s Avatar. So, it is unlikely that the characters from the new movie will appear in any adaptation of the simulator ride. Flight of Passage’s current story also includes water-based Navi’i tribes and some of the water fauna fans expect to see in the upcoming sequel, but how could the additional imagery be added to the ride? One way might be the adoption of multiple stories like what is found at Star Tours.

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Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a multitude of different story combinations that take its passengers to multiple destinations with the potential of featuring characters from all three Star Wars trilogies. Avatar: Flight of Passage is a long-duration ride as it is, so it would make sense to update the attraction to include a “B story” that takes Guests to this new water tribe and all of the places waiting for us.

Disney World describes Avatar: Flight of Passage on its website as the following:

Amazing Aerial Adventures Await

Board your own mountain banshee and embark on a thrilling expedition, where interstellar explorers like you get an up-close look at this moon’s incredible landscape.

Bonding with a banshee is a crucial step in the life of a Na’vi hunter on Pandora—and flying on the back of one of these powerful creatures is an important rite of passage.

Now, as a visitor to Pandora, you finally have the chance to test yourself like a Na’vi!

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Flight of Passage, an Animal Kingdom ride inspired by Avatar and Pandora. credit: Disney

At this time, this is just pure speculation, and no changes to Avatar: Flight of Passage have been confirmed. We at Disney Fanatic will continue to keep our readers updated on this, and other Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s and may not reflect the sentiments of Disney Fanatic as a whole.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.