Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog, we have a look at some of the upcoming merchandise created for Pandora-The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park.
The focus on the new merchandise was not only Pandora, but collaboration. Casey Jones, Senior Character Artist with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group discussed the new pieces on the Parks Blog.
“I was responsible for illustrations and toy designs while serving as gatekeeper for all the art used on merchandise,” explained Casey. “The most exciting aspect of my role was partnering with talented and creative individuals at Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment. Together, we designed products that complement a visually stunning world filled with floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and all kinds of immersive adventure.”
I love that the teams worked together to create solid pieces that combine ideas from the different departments working on Pandora.
The main store in the Pandora area will be Windtraders. Here guests can find many different Pandora themed items, with diverse art styles and aesthetics.
Dylan Cole, Co-Production designer on the upcoming Avatar sequel films, and the designer of the Countdown to Pandora pin collection that was released this spring, worked on two pieces that focused on the bioluminescence of Pandora at night. One piece is inspired by the Na’vi River Journey and the other is focused on the Valley of Mo’ara. These pieces will be available as prints, clothing, and more.
These are stunning!
The “cave painting art” are based off of sketches by Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde. These images were done for the Avatar Flight of Passage ride.
I really like these. I love the lines and the look of these.
The Shawman of Songs is another theme that merchandise was created for.
“[The Shaman of Songs] embodies the Na’vi’s connection to nature which is displayed through music and light, so we wanted a graphic that was evocative of those ideas,” said Casey.
I love these pieces! They are beautiful!
Daphne Yap, an artist and member of the Avatar film production team, created digital renderings of Na’vi weaving and Banshee totems for Disney Imagineering.
Again focusing on collaboration, the art team designed patches for different experiences on Pandora.
In addition to other products, guests will find select patch designs in the Intergalactic Passport Kit from Alpha Centauri Expeditions. The kit includes a passport, three sticker pages, a button, and a photo ID badge. This item, along with the Na’vi Translator Device, are perfect for exploring Pandora.
These items will all be available at the Windtraders store when Pandora-The World of Avatar opens May, 27.
Which pieces do you love?
Are you excited about Pandora-The World of Avatar and shopping at Windtraders? Comment and let us know.
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