Two years after announcing plans to produce an “Avatar”-themed land inside Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park with James Cameron, Disney has unveiled the first images of the attraction to open in 2017.
The land will be located between Africa and the Oasis and will expand beyond the area currently known as Camp Minnie-Mickey. The Festival of the Lion King will move its tribal celebration to an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park. Animal Kingdom’s signature Tree of Life also appears to glow in the concept images, signaling that it will also become part of the “Avatar” land, referencing the film’s Na’vi race of blue-skinned creatures.
As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, it will add 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; live performers also will be added to Discovery Island, as well as a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris.