Disney’s ‘World of Pandora’ Avatar park opens with floating mountains and glowing forests

May 30, 2017 by  
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Now Avatar fans can finally explore the amazing world of Pandora in person. The much-anticipated Pandora – World of Avatar opened this past weekend at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort, and it looks spectacular. Guests can explore the alien planet’s bioluminescent rainforest, hike through floating mountains, and even take a thrilling 3D ride on the back of a wild banshee. The 12-acre park has been under construction for six years, and it looks like it was well worth the wait. The park is set in an area of Pandora that was not seen in the film called the Valley of Mo’ar. The alien planet was designed by director James Cameron, whose ultra-creative attention to detail has resulted, once again, in a jaw-dropping immersive 3D experience. Related: Save the dates: this is when Disney’s “Avatar” and “Star Wars” theme parks open Visitors to the valley will be able to explore the mystical jungle landscape with flowing streams, dark caves full of bioluminescent life and a “floating” mountain range called the Hallelujah Mountains. A boat ride down the dark Na’vi River will lead through pulsating, glowing vegetation to an encounter with a Na’vi shaman. For those looking for a more thrilling experience, visitors can also participate in the “Avatar Flight of Passage” 3D adventure . Guests are matched with an onscreeen avatar and take their place on a motorcycle-like flight simulator. Once in place, guests will “soar” across the valley on the back of a banshee, plunging straight down into the lush vegetation only to swoop up through the massive trees, continuing around the mountains as herds of wild beasts run underneath you. + Pandora — World of Avatar Via CNN Images via Disney World

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Save the dates: this is when Disney’s "Avatar" and "Star Wars" theme parks open

February 10, 2017 by  
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Mark your calendars, Avatar and Star Wars fans. The House of Mouse has announced when theme parks based on the popular film franchises will open. In an earning calls this week, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed that Pandora: The World of Avatar , based on James Cameron’s movies about a race of blue aliens known as the Na’vi, will open its doors May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Iger also teased the lauch of the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars -themed lands , located both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, somewhere in 2019—just in time for Episode IX . “In our domestic parks, this year we’ll open a great addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a brand new land called Pandora: The World of Avatar,” Iger said in the call. “Our imagineers have brought the breathtaking world of Pandora to life through astonishing feats of artistic genius and groundbreaking engineering. The result is an exquisite environment with phenomenal attractions.” Related: “Avatar Land” park inspired by Pandora coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Headway was being made, he added, on the 14-acre Star Wars lands, which Disney Parks has described as the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions in its history. Disney has dropped a hint or two about what the lands will have in store, including an open-air marketplace, a First Order-themed ride, and the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Start saving your credits for those Bantha burgers! Via iO9

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Climate change video directed by James Cameron heats up the DNC

July 29, 2016 by  
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Climate change is one of the biggest issues of our time – and it should be a hot topic in this year’s presidential election. At the Democratic National Convention, actress Sigourney Weaver introduced a video directed by James Cameron that contrasts the opposing views of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on climate change. Titled “Not Reality TV,” the video reveals how climate change affects everything from hurricanes to agriculture to fires to drought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wJJk-kVjWg The five and a half minute video includes clips of the forthcoming season of Years of Living Dangerously , a show that will air on the National Geographic Channel. It includes input from celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger , Don Cheadle, Jack Black, and America Ferrera, who spoke with people already impacted by global warming or fighting against global warming. Related: Would a Trump presidency undo the UN climate change agreement? “When we talk about greenhouse gases and warming temperatures, or deadlier droughts, even more destructive storms, what we’re really talking about is people,” Weaver said in her introduction. The video shares brief clips of a Texas rancher whose cows have little to eat, a Kansas farmer whose crops aren’t getting enough rain, and a New York mother who lost her daughter in Hurricane Sandy. “Can Donald Trump look these people in the eye and tell them climate change is a hoax?” asked Weaver. The video appeared to reach across the aisle to conservatives, including a clip of George H. W. Bush who said, “human activities are changing the atmosphere,” and a clip of conservative Christian pastor Andrew Farley who said, “I believe climate change is real.” The video included clips of Donald Trump denying climate change, referring to it as a “hoax,” and saying he’ll cancel the Paris agreement. In contrast, in the video Hillary Clinton states America can become “the world’s clean energy superpower.” Her stance in the video centers around renewable energy ; she speaks of how the “half a billion solar panels across the country in the next four years” together with other forms of renewable energy can power America’s homes. She speaks also of the jobs that will be created by pursuing clean energy. You can find out more about Years of Living Dangerously here . + Years of Living Dangerously Images via screenshots ( 1 , 2 )

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Here’s what happened at Greenbuild 2015

November 20, 2015 by  
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At Greenbuild 2015, green building leaders from around the world, and even James Cameron, gathered to push the needle on a more sustainable built environment.

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James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

May 24, 2015 by  
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Blockbuster director James Cameron has added a new entry to the code of the language of flowers . By gifting his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, a “bunch” of five solar arrays shaped like giant flowers for her MUSE School in southern California, he not only demonstrated his love for her, but his love for the planet as well. Cameron designed the solar arrays himself over the course of three years. Just like sunflowers, they pivot to face the moving sun to maximize the solar energy they can absorb each day. At an unveiling ceremony for the Sun Flowers, as they are named, Cameron explained, “I thought we should try to do something that inspires because this is about kids. Once you capture their imagination and empower them, they can do anything.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , flower-shaped solar array , green schools , james cameron , James Cameron gives flower-shaped solar arrays to school , Muse School , solar design , solar panels

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‘Avatar Land’ Park Inspired by Pandora Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

October 18, 2013 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the world of Pandora in James Cameron ‘s film Avatar , that dream could soon come true – Disney World has announced plans to build an attraction based on the alien planet! Disney just unveiled the first images of the upcoming Avatar Land , which features floating islands, massive trees, and bioluminescent animals and plants. The park will break ground in Florida sometime after 2014, and it’s slated to open after 2016 and the release of the film’s three sequels. Read the rest of ‘Avatar Land’ Park Inspired by Pandora Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Avatar , Avatar Pandora , concept pictures Disney , Disney amusement park , Disney animal kingdom park , Disney Avatar park , Disney parks , film-inspired parks , james cameron , movies , nature movie , Navi tribes , Pandora , Pandora moon        

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NASA Seeks Congressional Support for Near-Earth Asteroid Mining Initiative

July 30, 2013 by  
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Asteroid mining has long been proposed as a way to source and extract precious metals and rare minerals that are rapidly running out here on Earth. Although the concept seems like science fiction, past proposals have received support from Google and James Cameron – and now NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is seeking public and congressional support to green light the idea. Read the rest of NASA Seeks Congressional Support for Near-Earth Asteroid Mining Initiative Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asteroid mining , Asteroid Redirect Mission , Google , james cameron , lori garver , nasa , near Earth mining , Orion mining , Space Frontier Foundation , space mining        

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Nurse Jackie, Futurama and CSI Vie for Environmental Awards

October 15, 2011 by  
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Futurama: aliens up for an environmental award? Who knew Edie Falco, Dr. John Zoidberg and Laurence Fishburne were greening television? With the 21st annual awards from the Environmental Media Awards on Saturday, October 15, documentaries, films and television shows will be up for the green seal of approval by the entertainment world’s eco org. Justin Timberlake will also get saluted this year. The EMA’s have honored James Cameron, Pierce Brosnan, Darryl Hannah and

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Cameron and Gore Discuss the Amazon, Avatar 2

March 28, 2010 by  
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This weekend, Avatar director James Cameron spoke at an assembly gathered in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to speak on topics ranging from sustainability and the power of cinema, to the prospects that there will be a sequel to his blockbuster, green-themed film . No stranger to the environment cause, or the film industry for t…

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Big Cats and Dolphins win Humane Society Media Awards

March 28, 2010 by  
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Winner Tippi Hedron with daughter Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas at Genesis Awards. Photos by Long Photography Every year the Humane Society toasts Hollywood for good deeds at the Genesis Awards , a fundraiser that recognizes ethical animal-friendly stories on television, in film and print. It also pays tribute to celebrities who take up the cause

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