Disney Announces Information on the 700 Jobs Introduced for Pandora

Opening May 27, 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pandora - The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na'vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney/Handout)

Pandora – The World of Avatar opens on May 27, 2017, and as we get closer to the opening of the new land the Disney fan community is receiving more information about what we can expect. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Pandora – The World of Avatar will bring 700 employees to the new land.

Many of the new jobs are “relatively low-paying categories, such as food-and-beverage employees or ride attendants.” With that being said, there are still some high paying positions like engineers and management. There will also be a number of technology proficient employees that will be required to keep Pandora’s bioluminescent and “high-tech Flight of Passage” attraction running.

The cast members will be broken down into three groups. First are the “employees” for Alpha Centauri Expeditions. Alpha Centauri Expeditions “is a tourism company from Earth and the exclusive provider for trips to Pandora.” The cast members that work as Alpha Centauri Expeditions “employees” will be found working in the “Wind Traders store, the Satu’li Canteen cafeteria and on the Na’vi River Journey ride.” The next group is the Pandora Conservation Initiative. This group will work on the Flight of Passage thrill ride, and at Wind Traders. Lastly, the ex-pats (short for expatriates) who are tourists from Earth who have moved permanently to Pandora. The ex-pats will work at Pongu Pongu and as face painters.

Disney also gave a sneak peek of the new costumes that the cast members interacting with guests will wear in Pandora – The World of Avatar. The ex-pats will wear what looks like a “Hawaiian shirt with Pandora animal print.” On the back of that shirt is the word Pongu, and a banshee symbol. The other costumes for the Alpha Centauri Expeditions and Pandora Conservation Initiative cast members are similar to costumes found throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The name tags worn by the cast members will also be different than typical Disney name tags. They will include “Na’vi words, including ‘Numeyu,’ which is Na’vi for student or learner.” This will differentiate between trainers and standard cast members.

Credit: Orlando Sentinel

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