New Year surprise! 2019 kicks off with an unexpected gift, as Walt Disney Records releases Pandora – The World of Avatar as a digital release, available now on iTunes. A project literally years in the making, "Pandora – The World of Avatar" is a major new addition to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It is an official extension of James Cameron's Avatar universe and part of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

 James Horner was directly involved with providing both new and adapting existing material of his music for the project, working alongside Simon Franglen, who continued and completed work just as he did with Magnificent Seven after James passed in 2015. This album provides a 'you are there' feel, complete with ambient sounds and creature effects supporting the wealth of evocative and exciting music, which is a welcome and worthy continuation built on the foundation of James Horner's Avatar score.

There's a cue that takes "I See You" the Leona Lewis song and gives it an instrumental-only, surfer-dude style, and a couple of cues that remind you very much that you're in a Disney resort so kick back, relax and have a few drinks. The Wikipedia entry is helpful for where this music was meant to be heard: Satu'li Canteen – a quick service restaurant. Pongu Pongu – a food and beverage stand. Windtraders, – the area's only gift shop.

The score was recorded by the same orchestra and vocal ensemble as Living in The Age of Airplanes: Slovak National Symphony in Bratislava.


  1. I love this and I can’t wait to hear it! Do you think itll be on spotify at all? I’ve got something new I can finally binge listen and I cant wait!

  2. This is great news for the start of 2019….have missed not getting any info. Well done to all who have worked on this news…must include Simon Franglen. Can only hope for another wonderful year filled with JH music. Thank you. Pamela.

  3. Thanks for the heads up! I had no idea this was released. Just downloaded from iTunes and listening to it now! 🙂

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