Using Na'vi-inspired shovels (left to right) Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; Jon Landau, AVATAR producer and Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking for the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history. (Photo Courtesy of Disneyland)
It’s official: construction is now underway on the brand new Avatar-inspired land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster film, the new land marks the biggest expansion in Animal Kingdom’s history. The Avatar land is being designed by James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment along with Walt Disney Imagineering.
Per the Disney Parks blog: “The area […]will be unlike anything ever experienced at a Disney 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.”