Construction on AVATAR-land at Animal Kingdom Now Underway

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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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