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Walt Disney World is getting ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom in a big way. The theme park will soon introduce visitors to the Pandora Utility Suit in Pandora – The World of Avatar—and fans can’t wait to become even more immersed in the fictional “Avatar” universe that was brought to life by Disney.

According to a press release from Walt Disney World Resort, the 10-foot-tall, 4.2-ton mechanical suit will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22. The suit, which is inspired by the Amplified Mobility Platform suits from James Cameron’s 2009 fantasy/sci-fi film “Avatar,” will be controlled by a human pilot and focus on restoration, rather than destruction. Pandora Conservation Initiative pilots will also interact with guests as they walk through Pandora – The World of Avatar, the colorful land that made its debut last year.

“Like all the lands at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora is rooted in nature,” the statement reads. “The Pandora Utility Suit showcases that in dramatic fashion. As the suit traverses the land daily, its pilot will interact with guests, share details about the land’s otherworldly landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.”

A preview of the Pandora Utility Suit was shared on the Disney Parks Blog on Saturday. In the video, a pilot can be seen guiding the detailed suit around a room, while Disney Parks Live Entertainment employees show behind-the-scenes looks at the development process.

Many social media users said they were excited to see the new Pandora Utility Suit in action, while others expressed disappointment over the latest addition. See how social media reacted to The World of Avatar’s new Pandora Utility Suit below:

Social Media Reacts to Disney Introducing New Pandora Utility Suit at World of Avatar

What are your thoughts on Disney debuting the Pandora Utility Suit at The World of Avatar? How do you feel about interacting with the “Avatar”-inspired suit in Animal Kingdom? Sound off in the comments section below!

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