Artist renderings released for new Avatar land

Disney World releases first glimpse of Avatar

ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron's AVATAR, at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

[PHOTOS:  Renderings released]

Officials released the first pictures of what the mythical world of Pandora will look like when it opens to the public.

The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch, officials said.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the AVATAR-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney's Animal Kingdom history.