‘Avatar’-Themed Park Is Coming To Disney World This Summer And It Looks Amazing!

The folks at Disney always seem to have new surprises up their sleeves. Recently, the company confirmed that it will be adding three new themed attractions to the complex: “Star Wars” Land, “Toy Story” Land and an “Avatar”-themed park called Pandora: The World of Avatar. While Disney has not announced opening dates for the “Star Wars” and “Toy Story” attractions, both located in Hollywood Studios, the expected opening of Pandora has been announced.

The anticipation is finally over! Pandora will open its doors to the public in summer 2017. Pandora: The World of Avatar will be located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in in Orlando, Florida. James Cameron, director of the 2009 movie “Avatar,” and Disney Imagineers have been working diligently to ensure that this new attraction  is a fully-immersive experience for guests, and from the looks of the video below, they have done just that!

 

The Avatar you see at the end is an actual animatronic from the new park! The lifelike appearance is breathtaking in a video, so can you imagine seeing it in person? Read on for more fun facts about the development of The World of Avatar as well as what you can expect when the park opens this summer.

Construction for the park began in 2014. The first concept art was released in February 2015. The park includes the iconic floating mountains from the movie. The park will be filled with hundreds of exotic-looking plants, including a replication of the bioluminescent forest, which will appear differently both day and night—creating two totally different environments!

And of course, a world wouldn’t be complete without attractions, dinning and shopping. The park will feature two new attractions, “Avatar: Flight of Passage” and “The Na’vi River Journey,” as well as some fun dining and shopping spots.

The Avatar: Flight of Passage attraction will take you on the back of a mountain banshee, the giant bird-like animals that are also seen in the film. This attraction will be similar to Disney’s Epcot ride Soarin’. You’ll be plunging and diving and exploring the world of Pandora.

The Na’vi River Journey will be a boat ride through the bioluminescent forest, an attraction the whole family will love!

The Satu’li Canteen will be the main restaurant in the park. Enjoy a good meal and also take a look at Na’vi art and other cultural items. Wind Traders will be the main shopping destination in the park. Find science kits, toys and more! Pongo Pongu will be the spot to grab a festive, “Avatar”-themed drink on those hot summer days!

So, are you currently booking your trip to Disney World for this summer? We know we are!

[h/t: Insider]

How To Make Your Own Customizable Photo Coasters

The holidays are upon us, and the gift shopping frenzy has begun. If you’re looking for an easy, customizable gift you can make rather than buy—look no further!

These DIY tile photo coasters would make the perfect customizable gift for friends and family this year.

Finding a quality gift for less can be quite the task. What I love about these tile coasters is that they look like a million bucks, but they will only cost you a few! Not to mention these coaster are super easy and fun to make. You’ll probably have to buy a few of the materials, but I bet you already have half of them at home!

You’ll need some tiles, a family photo, some Mod Podge, spray sealant and felt chair pads to bring these tile coasters to life! Ready to make them yourself? See the full list of materials and instructions below to create your own personalized tile photo coasters, then watch the video to see the step-by-step instructions in action.

Materials Needed

  • 4×4″ white tiles
  • 4×4″ square pictures
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brushes
  • Felt chair pads
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Spray sealant

Craft Instructions

Step 1: Cut the photos 

  • Cut photos so they’re approximately 1/4 smaller than the tile.

Step 2: Add Mod Podge 

  • Using the foam brush, lightly apply mod podge to the surface of the tile.

Step 3: Add and secure the photo 

  • Center the photo on the tile.
  • Gently press down to stick.
  • Lightly mod podge over photo using the foam brush. Lightly is the key here, using too much will cause the photo to pucker!

Step 4: Dry time 

  • Allow the tile to dry for about 20 minutes.

Step 5: Finishing touches

  • Spray the top and sides with an acrylic finishing spray sealant to waterproof the tile. You don’t want a water ring to ruin your masterpiece!
  • Flip over and use a hot-glue gun to glue on the four felt pads to the back of the tile, one felt pad in each corner.

Step 6: Wrap, gift and prepare to win the holidays!