Waterfalls bathe a mix of natural and hand-made plants

Waterfalls bathe a mix of natural and hand-made plants, from the alien world of Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando. It’s as if scenes from the film have come to life and more.

One criticism I’ve seen levied against “Avatar” in the 13 years since its release is that James Cameron’s 2009 film is the cinematic equivalent of a theme park. I suspect this is meant derisively — an indication that “Avatar” prizes spectacle over insight, thrills over emotion.


Pandora's bioluminescent forest

The bioluminescent forest comes to life as night falls on Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park April 29, 2017, in Orlando.

Inside a waiting queue for Avatar Flight of Passage

Inside a waiting queue for Avatar Flight of Passage, which simulates the effect of riding a banshee, one of “Avatars” winged, dragon-like animals.

Pandora dedication at Disney World

"Avatar" director James Cameron, third from left, joins Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, third from right, and actors from the movie "Avatar," including Zoe Saldana, fourth from left, and Sigourney Weaver, fifth from left, at the Pandora: The World of Avatar dedication on May 24, 2017, at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

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