Zipline adventure tour operators have been trying to do this for years; to combine the ups, downs and turns of a roller-coaster with the straight line acceleration thrill of a zipline, the world's first roller-coaster zipline thrill ride.
This past weekend we got a sneak peek at Avatar as the Hidden Worlds team was doing the final adjustments. After a ride out to Avatar's jungle cenote location we got the full safety briefing and were fitted for the zipline harness that attaches the rider to the Avatar's aerial track. After that it's a short ascent up a stairway to the start of the track, which resembles a monorail suspended by heavy steel cables.
Once you are safely attached the fun begins with a friendly send-off into green-space. The Avatar line zips you through the jungle, up and down, and around curves, then down into a cenote cave for a splash landing in the water. Avatar is about as close as you'll get to the movie sequences where they zoom through planet Pandora's jungle on their alien birds.