Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has shared a first look at concept art for the Avatar-themed land coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017! Disney announced more than two years ago that it would be working together with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring the world of Pandora to life in their parks. He says:
"Our 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, we shared an early glimpse of the plans for AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and I wanted to share some of these breathtaking images and a short preview of what’s to come with all of you.
"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."
As for the location of the land in Animal Kingdom, D23 says: "The new Avatar-themed land will be located between Africa and the Oasis and will encompass and expand beyond the area currently known as Camp Minnie-Mickey. The Festival of the Lion King is moving its tribal celebration to an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park."
Staggs added that "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 and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris."
Check out the art in the gallery below. You can click on the images for bigger versions!