It’s been just a little over two years since we received word that Disney’s Animal Kingdom would get an entire land based around the blockbuster movie Avatar, bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora. Today, via the D23 Expo in Japan, Disney finally released a bit of what this world will actually look like when it comes to fruition.
Pandora will be a place where guests become immersed in the world that was created for the big screen. They will be able to not only see this world, but hear and touch it.
In the world of Avatar, guests will encounter floating mountains, as well as explore a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. The area is absolutely gorgeous and full of an illuminating rainbow of color.
Guests will also find out what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
In addition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also see a few more perks. The park will FINALLY, after 15 years, receive a brand new nighttime spectacular. This showcase will come to life on Discovery River and combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens, and swirling animal imagery. Additional entertainment offerings will also be introduced, including live performances that take place on Discovery Island. Also, it seems that a brand new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris will be available for guests to experience.
Disney confirmed that the world of Avatar is overtaking the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of the park. A new theater for the popular Festival of the Lion King is under construction in the Africa section. Update: According to Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, this new world is expected to open early 2017.
It looks like a lot of interesting activity is brewing for Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the upcoming years. Stay tuned to the blog as we watch the progress of making Animal Kingdom even better!