Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held for Avatar-Inspired Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Construction on the Avatar-inspired land at Disney's Animal Kingdom is set to begin soon and to celebrate this milestone a ceremonial groundbreaking was recently held at the theme park.

Earlier this month leaders from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and project collaborator Lightstorm Entertainment appeared at the Animal Kingdom to break ground with Na'vi-sized shovels.

In bringing the world of Pandora to life, the project will allows guests to will encounter floating mountains, and have a chance to walk through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants, and have the opportunity to discover what it feels like ride a Banshee.

The Avatar expansion will be located between Africa and the Oasis, taking over and expanding beyond the Camp Minnie-Mickey area. The Festival of the Lion King is also moving to an all-new theater in the Africa area of the park.

In addition to the Avatar land, Disney's Animal Kingdom is also adding new entertainment experiences, including a nighttime spectacular with live music, floating lanterns, water screens, and animal imagery in a show at Discovery River. There are also plans for live performers on Discovery Island, and a nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

The Avatar area is scheduled to open in 2017, and will be the largest expansion in Animal Kingdom history.

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Corrina wrote on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:44:

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Still disappointed by Avatar coming to Animal Kingdom. I would have been so much happier if they had stuck to the original idea and built Beastly Kingdom. And when are they going to bring in Australia?

Avatar seems so short sighted to me. One movie - a violent movie that kids can't see - with no guarantee of follow ups, and no animal connection really, and they're taking over such a huge part of the park? It's expensive and doomed for failure. Such a shame.

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