BREAKING: Leaked Image Reveals Ride Vehicle for AVATAR “Flying Banshee” Attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Concept Art for Flight of Passage attraction, Pandora: the World of AVATAR at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park
Concept Art for Flight of Passage attraction, Pandora: the World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

Since the Flight of Passage attraction was announced, we have wondered how Disney would achieve such an attraction, where guests were promised that they would get to ride on a “real Banshee” from the AVATAR film series. Well, the following image was sent our way courtesy of an inside source and is a screen cap of some footage of Imagineers testing out the new ride which will open with Pandora: the World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Summer.

Now, obviously, it is not the clearest image, but so is the nature of such leaked things. You can see that 2 people are mounted on a Banshee creature and are riding the attraction with the large Soarin’ type projection screen in front of them.

It might be possible to seat more than two guests on each, but it is unclear due to the clarity of the image. I would assume that children 7 and under would need to ride with someone 14 or older, as is the rule with many other attractions at Walt Disney World.

This is the structure to which the dozens of Banshees will be mounted, holding guests while they fly in Flight of Passage, Pandora: The World of AVATAR
This is the structure to which the dozens of Banshees will be mounted, holding guests while they fly in Flight of Passage, Pandora: The World of AVATAR

The image above, from the Disney Parks Magic Christmas Celebration, appears to show the ride system before the installation of the Banshee vehicles that will face the large screen.

We were promised that we would be able to feel the Banshee breathing and all of its motions below us when we ride the attraction. Based on the leaked image above, I may actually believe the Disney PR machine for once. If each guest really is boarding their own personal animal, I think we are in for something truly amazing. I think even the most bitter AVATAR project detractors will have to look at this as impressive.

But what do you think? Are you excited for Flight of Passage and Pandora: The World of AVATAR?

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Brittany
Brittany
3 years ago

That looks seriously amazing. The vehicles seem similar to the TRON ones in Shanghai, except in front of a screen :) I have my fingers crossed, though I know it’s unlikely, for a soft opening while we’re there the first week of May

Jeffrey bentz
Jeffrey bentz
3 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

I was just on bashee ride disappointed they say you have you one bashee you don’t. I was just in china 3 weeks ago went on pirates ride there best ride in disney parks. Boat ride in pandora terrible don’t waste time.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

so its soarin but instead of a seat your straddling a banshee

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

So how far are the banshee’s apart then on the ride? If it flaps its wings, either the wings are cut off or they are spaced very far apart

Tim
Tim
3 years ago

It appears that there are two sets of legs on the ride vehicle, and it also appears there is a “handlebar” just behind the head (visible against the screen background).

Based on the length of the Banshee, plus the size of the individual in the white shirt, and what looks like a denimed leg with shoe, plus handle, I’d say it surely appears to hold 2 persons.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

So whats keeping you on ? a seat belt ?

Scott Dolan
Scott Dolan
3 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

Looks like something akin to a lap bar is sitting across the upper abdomen of the rider.

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

its been reported on other sites that its just the prototype, real vehicle is different. This vehicle is not possible in the setup for the ride.

Disney Pete
Disney Pete
3 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

That’s exactly what it looks like

JimV
JimV
3 years ago

I imagined the Banshees on a track so you get full 360 degrees of view. This will allow the wings to flap since each person is single file on the track. So maybe not what I expected and its Soarin’ 2.0. The side view of Soarin’ isn’t much so it’s not as immersive as possible.

Brian cannon
Brian cannon
3 years ago

Was also hoping for a spiderman type ride. Disney is lacking a ride of this quality. Whilst universal seems to keep upping it’s game. Come on disney! And put some fun back in epcot while u at it.

Disney Pete
Disney Pete
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian cannon

Spiderman (and its exact same copy Transformers) are lame. Don’t even get me started on Skull Island which is the same thing as well only way shorter

Drew Winner
Drew Winner
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian cannon

You will get your Spiderman (like) ride when Stars Wars Land opens…

Kieran Hayag
3 years ago
Reply to  Drew Winner

The description of the Battle Escape attraction at SWL isn’t going to be 100% like Spiderman. The ride vehicles will be similar, but the actual ride will use over 200 full sized animatronics. You’ll also have to get off at certain points in the ride to explore the environment you’re in and to complete missions.

Dissapointed
Dissapointed
3 years ago

Just another motion simulator in front of a big screen. Disney is getting so lazy. Everything Disney does at its theme parks anymore seems to be focused on video screens. Purely lazy and dissapointing at best.

Liam
Liam
3 years ago
Reply to  Dissapointed

For goodness sake you are not even an engineer or designer. You do not know the hard work any of this stuff takes to conceptualize and actually be elaborated. You haven’t even sat on a banshee so you can’t speak before trying it. We have worked so hard to come up with something unique and revolutionary , please do not underestimate or delegitimize the quality of what we are able to create. We hope to see you soon. Do not seek to change your mind. Thousands of others will appreciate the hard work.

Ryan from PA
Ryan from PA
3 years ago
Reply to  Liam

I don’t think anyone has actually sat on a banshee because they are like … not real.

Tsu'tey
Tsu'tey
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan from PA

KEHE! FO NGAY!…. NÌSÌLPEY

Anonomouse
Anonomouse
3 years ago
Reply to  Liam

I totally don’t mean this in a cruel way, but I can’t help but picture you sitting on a motionless Banshee quietly sobbing as you wrote this. I’m sure it will be amazing, I just hope that unlike most amazing technological advanced attractions that it doesn’t immediately get broken by stupid teenagers. Are they stab proof? I imagine a teenager wanting to having the desire to stab a Banshee to see what would happen.

Disappointed
Disappointed
3 years ago
Reply to  Liam

What’s actually hysterically funny here is…I seriously am both a designer and an engineer. No lie.

Sara Jacobson
Sara Jacobson
3 years ago

You are all so f’ing out of touch with reality, I am amazed. All I see is a blurry pixelated picture that could be someone sitting on a carousel pony.

You Go Girl!
You Go Girl!
3 years ago
Reply to  Sara Jacobson

Ha ha ha THIS! It actually looks like a picture of an image on someone’s monitor, hence the pixelation.

Sara Jacobson
Sara Jacobson
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Wouldn’t you love to find out ( . Y . )?

Timothy Scott Lovell
Timothy Scott Lovell
3 years ago

No interest @ ALL, the dentist seems more appealing

Ryan B
Ryan B
3 years ago

Is it really more of an effort to type “at”?

Progressive Music Lover
Progressive Music Lover
3 years ago

This ride looks amazing. I’m very hopeful that Disney will continue with the pro environmental message that that the movie presented so well. My partner and I are really looking forward to joining the Navi when Pandora finally opens in May!!

Don
Don
3 years ago

I’m sure this ride will be great, but something makes me think it will be like Despicable Me/Simpson ride at Universal. It may be a glorified version of the Universal rides though.

Nick McLamb
Nick McLamb
3 years ago

All of you are just mad that Tom beat your favorite website again at getting news. #dealwithit

Also, this ride continues to gain steam on the hype train. If all of you are so upset about it, I’ll gladly take your spot in line once it opens!

Progressive Music Lover
Progressive Music Lover
3 years ago
Reply to  Nick McLamb

Typical response from a mean spirited Trump voter. Why don’t you people just go away!

#BowlingGreenStrong
#BowlingGreenStrong
3 years ago

What exactly did he say that makes you and your partner think he’s a Trump voter? Based on his clearly unabashed love for Tom, I’d have to assume he wrote Tom in for every choice. That being said, please don’t go around accusing any person that says something you and your partner don’t like of being a Trump supporter. All it does is make the real Trump supporters feel legitimized and that all liberals are whiny losers that are just upset that we lost and they’ll continue to be absolutely blinded by the constant lies and propaganda that they’re being… Read more »

Bingo Bob
Bingo Bob
3 years ago

I think this is going to be a lot more than people are anticipating. I don’t think you start out by sitting on a big plastic dragon. It think this will look like a generic ride seat… the room goes black, and then all of the sudden it’s a dragon and you’re flying. That would blow people away. It looks like there’s a movable wall that encloses the ride vehicles from the theatre so that dragon head comes from out of the guests view… same with the wings. Knowing James Cameron’s love of innovative 3D / video technology I bet… Read more »

Mike
Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Bingo Bob

Do you have any idea how theming works? So what’s the storyline? Here everyone, sit in these plastic chairs and then Banshees will swoop in and pick you up. The wow moment is when you first sit down on a vehicle that is moving and acting like it’s alive, not whoa I was in a chair and now I’m suddenly flying. You don’t board Mission Space and immediately start in space. Even Soarin has you “take off” on a runway, which is really what can be best compared to this ride.

Bingo Bob
Bingo Bob
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Thanks Mike! Sounds like you’re really fun at parties! I attended the Destination D event in November where James Cameron and Joe Rohde gave us more details about the attractions and we saw several pieces of concept art/photographs that haven’t been released to the public yet. There was an illustration of a black seat with handles which guests would board. This seat looked like a combination of this photograph and the new Tron coaster’s seats in Shanghai (that Disney happens to have a patent on). They revealed the story to us at the presentation. Guests take over their own avatar… Read more »

Truth Bombs
Truth Bombs
3 years ago
Reply to  Bingo Bob

Damn… Bingo Bob with the mic drop.

Didledee
Didledee
3 years ago

Spiderman at Universal and moreso the Harry Potter one under the castle are incredible rides. Was hoping we’d see that here. Was very disappointed with Soarin, it’s lame.

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What’s actually hysterically funny here is…I seriously am both a designer and an engineer. No lie.

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