From the moment Avatar was released, people were captivated by the mythical world of Pandora. When Disney Parks announced that they’d be working with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring this world to life in their parks, the company felt certain that this partnership and combination of talent and imagination would produce an experience unlike any other ever created.
The combined team has taken huge steps forward in “imagineering” Pandora as a real place for our guests to see, hear and touch. At the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, Disney shared an early glimpse of the plans for Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park which is slated to open in 2017.
As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of Avatar guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
And the new Avatar-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, Animal Kingdom will be adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River that will delight guests and truly cap off their day at the park. More nighttime entertainment will be added including live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.