Officially announced in Fall of 2011, and AVATAR themed land will be added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. In a partnership with James Cameron, this new land will be designed to blend into what is already a unique park rather than stick out as a separate attraction. According to Disney, AVATARland will feature “multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements” all within a Pandora-themed area. I expect it will be as lush as the Asia section of Animal Kingdom in terms of flora and, in essence, finally give life to the Beastly Kingdom concept that never materialized. James Cameron takes the same approach to his research, creativity, technology, and storytelling as the best Imagineers and is a perfect match for Joe Rohde and the team who have already already made Animal Kingdom such a wondrous place to explore.
The first renderings and details emerged in October 2013 and construction has already begun in the park with the relocation of Festival of the Lion King theater to the Africa area and Camp Minnie-Mickey removed to make way for what will be the largest expansion yet in Disney World. In addition, it was announced Animal Kingdom will be adding a light and water show to the Discovery River areas along with a nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari experience during later hours. Current projections show AVATARland completion in 2017-2018. I have created an AVATARland page to keep track of the latest information and media as it becomes available.
What do you think of the new addition to Animal Kingdom? Good, bad, not sure yet? I’d love to hear your comments!