MIAMI – Pandora, the Disney theme park inspired by the blockbuster movie “Avatar,” debuted on Sunday its latest attraction: the Pandora Utility Suit, a working 4.2-ton robot-like mechanical framework like the ones worn in the film for combat operations and to augment humans’ strength for industrial tasks.
The new Pandora attraction – located in the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida – is based on the Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) seen in the highest-grossing box office success in history.
A pilot “wears” the AMP, sitting some three meters (10 feet) high in a small control cabin, from which he or she can control the powerful and agile movements of the apparatus, as Disney explains in a press release.
Disney says that the giant metallic framework has articulated hands and allows pilots to grab things that are much farther away than they could reach with their own arms.
The AMP was designed for the park and is a perfect tool for “exploring” the planet Pandora – the fictional location of the animated film – by collecting samples, studying the flora and fauna and, most importantly, surviving the dangerous terrain and savage wildlife.
The Disney pilot operating the suit will be able to interact with visitors at the park, discuss the surrounding terrain with them and tell them about the importance of protecting the flora and fauna right here on Planet Earth, the entertainment company explained.
The unveiling of the Utility Suit coincides with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Animal Kingdom and with Earth Day, the day focusing on the conservation of nature.
The theme park in Central Florida covers some 200 hectares (500 acres) and houses more than 2,000 animals, Disney says.