Disney to hire 800 for 'Pandora: World of Avatar' land

Area to feature bioluminescent rainforest, 2 new attractions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – "Pandora:The World of Avatar" debuts next month, and Disney said its impact will extend well beyond the Animal Kingdom.

The project is five years in the making, requiring more than 800 pre-production jobs in Central Florida to create what Disney calls a one-of-a-kind experience.

“When you’re building an immersive land such as this, it takes all types of individuals," Djuan Rivers, vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, said. "There are people who are technical experts, there are artisans, there are crafts, there are laborers.”

Disney is also making room for 700 more operations jobs when the new land is done. Employees are needed at a restaurant and gift shops, and also cast members, who will have to learn a brand new Na'vi culture, dress and special language.

“It’s a group of people who have come to Pandora, and they’ve fallen in love with it, and decided to stay here,” Imagineering producer MAtt Beiler said.

The new land will have bioluminescent lighting, floating mountains and a special river that flows throughout, with flowers and food native to the culture that Disney has dreamed up.

“It’s going to be something that opens their eyes, and their mouths will be wide open at the beauty of this place," Beiler said. "It’s truly going to be a place that you’ve never seen before, that guests have  never experienced before."

"Pandora: The World of Avatar" opens May 27 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.