With Pandora – The World of Avatar opening in just a few days, Disney World has an interesting way of immersing you in the world of Pandora even more via your smartphone. Connect to Protect allows guests the opportunity to participate in a virtual game where in the end, it will help protect the habits of 10 at-risk animals found around the world.
Visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Pandora will be invited to take part in numerous conservation-themed ‘missions’ via Facebook Messenger, facilitated by one of the moon’s digital ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley. By completing one or more missions, each guest will unlock a $10 contribution to be made through the Disney Conservation Fund, or a $5 contribution just for discussing conservation with Fitsimti. Those guests will then get to choose how the contribution (of up to $100,000 per animal) will help protect or restore habitats important to one of 10 threatened categories of animals: apes, elephants, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks/rays, and tigers.
Guests will also be able to learn more about each animal the Disney Conservation Fund supports, the habitat conservation programs the contributions will support, and the nonprofit organizations they are working with to reverse the decline of the 10 animals.
Pandora – The World of Avatar opens Saturday, May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.