Avatar Themed Land Coming to Walt Disney World
Disney has announced the latest new development coming to Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida will be based on the very popular movie, Avatar. A new area will be added to the Animal Kingdom theme park based on the world of Pandora from the movie Avatar. This exciting news was just released last week and even more information has been released about this expansion that will be happening in the Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World.
Avatar was a worldwide hit in movie theaters and topped box office charts. The new land in Animal Kingdom will be designed so that guests feel as though they are exploring the planet of Pandora that they saw in the movie. According to Disney, this land will feature new attractions, entertainment, merchandise and restaurants. It sounds as though they are designing this to be a truly detailed environment for guests to be submerged in.
I’ll admit, when I first heard this news, I was skeptical about it and even against it. How is this Disney how in the world will this fit into Animal Kingdom? Some people have even asked how a PG-13 movie works with the family-friendly Walt Disney World parks. Disney has assured everyone that even though the film is PG-13, the Avatar land at Animal Kingdom will be family-friendly.
To many, it also seems like this is Disney’s attempt to steal attention from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park. And maybe it is. Avatar was an extremely popular movie all around the world and maybe it will generate more visitors to Walt Disney World’s often overlooked park (by the way, Animal Kingdom is definitely worth visiting on your next Disney trip). The new Fantasyland expansion will start opening in early 2012 and will be finished in 2013, when construction on the Avatar land is set to begin. This will mean lots of new attractions will be coming to Disney, meaning lots more to do on your family vacation to Walt Disney World.