I 100% believe you can go without seeing the film. I'll add a (long) clip from the IAAPA 2017 legends panel, wherein Joe Rohde; a lead executive at WDI and designer of Pandora and all Animal Kingdom, explains that nothing from the world of Pandora in DAK replicates the movie. Their intention was to create what would seem like a nearby village. I firmly believe this is done so it leaves the guests curious for more, opposed to entirely cloning the film.Not seen the film, have no clue what it's about. My knowledge goes as far as "there are some blue people in it".
Question is, do I need to see the film to appreciate the World of Avatar?
To me the difference is at MK the dark rides tell you the story and on NRJ there was just music with no explanation of what was going on.I think it would help. Sure, you can enjoy the land without seeing the movie the same way you can enjoy any immersive environment. Flight of Passage will be a fun, Soaring-type ride. Navi River will be a slow, boat ride with a strange-looking animatronic at the end. Similarly, you could go to Magic Kingdom without ever seeing any Disney movie. But, if you see the movie, you'll have a better sense of what the imagineers created with Pandora. You'll have a greater appreciation for the land, and you'll understand what is being discussed when you hear Na'vi, banshees, and toruk.
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