Just shared at the D23 Expo in Japan were plans to recreate the world of Pandora from James Cameron’s AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Artist renderings of the new ‘land’ were released by Disney.  As described by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

…  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.

The ‘nighttime jungle’ concept is the boat ride pictured below.


The ‘Banshee ride’ concept is pictured below.  This will likely by the thrill ride of the new expansion.  It will be interesting what type of ride platform will be utilized here.  The artist’s concept does not offer any particular clues.


The inclusion of an AVATAR-inspired land will be the largest expansion to date in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  New entertainment will also be part of the expansion, including a nighttime spectacular featuring live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on Discovery River.  The ‘water screens’ will likely be similar to the technology utilized in Fantasmic or World of Color.


The nighttime entertainment will feature also live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.


What do you think of the new AVATAR themed land?