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Laz Alonso is ‘blown away’ by Disney’s new theme park, Pandora: World of Avatar

Jon Landau, Wes Studi, Joel David Moore, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, James Cameron, Zoe Saldana, CCH Pounder, Bob Iger, Sigourney Weaver and Laz Alonso pose during the dedication of the new land, Pandora – The World of Avatar, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Walt Disney Imagineering, in collaboration with Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, brought to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s blockbuster film AVATAR. Pandora – The World of Avatar brings a variety of exciting experiences to the park, including the family-friendly attraction Na’vi River Journey, the exhilarating 3-D attraction Avatar Flight of Passage, as well as dining and merchandise locations. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Photo Credit: Matt Stroshane)

James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure Avatar has been all the buzz this week. And it’s not because a release date has been set for Avatar 2, but because Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park opens its newest theme park in nearly two decades. Pandora: The World of Avatar is set for its grand opening  today, May 27, 2017.

Rolling out was invited to Orlando, Florida for a sneak peak and play during Walt Disney World’s Global Media Event. During the dedication event hosted by Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, which featured Cameron and cast members, we had a chance to speak with actor Laz Alonso, who voiced Tsu’tey.

The Washington D.C. native says, “I am still blown away by what I have experienced. The rides are out of control. I have never been on a ride [The Flight of Passage a.k.a. #BansheeRide] like that in my life. They have taken today’s technology and really brought the film to life.”

Alonso was filmed by 197 cameras, simultaneously, in real time, but on green screen when they filmed the first installment of the second highest grossing film of all time.

“For so long, we would go in in the morning and they had a board with all these graphics and photos, it’s what we would use to ‘play’ with our imaginations. Here, you get to see what we had to imagine existed for two years while filming the movie. I am still in awe and I can’t believe this place is real. I can’t wait for everybody to experience what we lived for two years our our lives when we were creating this film,” he closes.