Camp Minnie-Mickey officially closed for good on Monday, January 6, 2014 to make way for AVATAR-land at Animal Kingdom. That same day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom began the largest expansion in the theme park’s history with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new AVATAR-inspired land with blue, Na’vi-inspired shovels.
AVATAR-land is being designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in partnership with “AVATAR” creator James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment. This area is expected to be unlike anything that has ever been experienced at a Disney theme park. Guests will “experience the wonders of Pandora when they fly with banshees and explore a rich natural environment with mountains that float and interactive plants that glow at night.”
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom is already home to some of our guests’ favorite attractions,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With AVATAR, we are adding a spectacular new world and an exciting set of attractions unlike any our guests have experienced. The expansion now under way will make the park a true full-day, must-see experience.”
This milestone is just the first step in a larger expansion for the entire park that will also include the debut of a new evening spectacular and even a nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris!
Check out the video below for a sneak peek:
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Disney finally made the official announcement that an AVATAR-inspired land will be coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the next few years. Disney has stated that this “partnership and combination of talent and imagination would produce an experience unlike any other ever created.”
Disney is working with James Cameron as well as Lightstorm Entertainment to bring the land of Pandora from the movie “AVATAR” to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney’s Imagineers at Walt Disney Imagineering are working to make Pandora a real place for you to see, hear, and touch.
In the world of AVATAR, you will find awe-inspiring floating mountains and experience a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with both light and sound. You can even discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
However, the new AVATAR-land is not the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also offer brand-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime show featuring live music, floating lanterns, water screens, and swirling animal imagery in Discovery River. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also add more nighttime entertainment as well, such as live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
What do you think of the changes coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom?
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