Preview of Avatar Park Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

By  //  October 14, 2013

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Section Scheduled to Open in 2017

ABOVE VIDEO: James Cameron and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde highlight the creative work underway on the AVATAR-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Joe said when the AVATAR-inspired land is completed, it’ll be a transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA — At the first ever D23 expo in Japan, Walt Disney World presented the first concept art previwing the Avatar addition to Animal Kingdom.

According to Disney, the expansion will even feature soaring Banshees, which were animals featured in the movie. The Avatar is slated to open in 2017. Below is an excerpt from Disney’s statement about the Avatar park.

When we announced that we’d be working with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring this world to life in our parks, we felt certain that this partnership and combination of talent and imagination would produce an experience unlike any other ever created including floating mountains and bio-luminescent rainforests.

Our combined team has taken huge steps forward in “imagineering” Pandora as a real place for our guests to see, hear and touch.

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, we’ll 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 our guests and truly cap off their day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park will introduce more nighttime entertainment as well, including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured above) and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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