Just as Camp Minnie-Mickey closed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the next phase of the Walt Disney World theme park has begun construction.
Avatar land is officially on its way.
Ground was broken using giant blue shovels inspired by the Na’vi from “Avatar” to begin building Pandora. In attendance for the groundbreaking were chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs, Imagineer Joe Rohde, Chief Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering Bruce Vaughn, Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney Parks United States and France Meg Crofton, and “Avatar” producer Jon Landau.
Video: Avatar land groundbreaking at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
No specific details have been revealed as to what will be included in this new land, though some hints have been offered through artwork, including a boat ride and plenty of nighttime entertainment:
Video: Avatar land concept artwork
In conjunction with the addition of “Avatar” to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the theme park will add new after-dark entertainment centered around and above Discovery River, including live performers on Discovery Island, and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris as well as an evening show.
Avatar was first announced to come to Walt Disney World in September 2011: