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Pandora – The World of Avatar construction update – May 2016


This weekend marks a big change for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s officially extending its hours late into the night adding new ride experiences, street entertainment, and shows to keep guests in the park longer. This strategy is being implemented ahead of “Pandora – The World of Avatar” a new land that is expected to have unique and magical night time features of its own. The major project will add two big big attractions to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a minor ones.

In our latest update, we check in on construction in and around “Pandora – The World of Avatar” as of May 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Keep in mind that there’s a lot of forced perspective at work. When you’re actually walking around the land all those objects will appear to be bigger than they actually are. That’s one advantage of covering a showbuilding so completely.

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I am curious to see how they’re going to make those support poles for the new floating mountains that were added to the top of the show building go away. Perhaps a fog effect? Waterfalls?

If we could fly a drone over the land, we’d see that there’s still a lot of rock work being done. This is more complicated than the cliffs at Cars Land as a lot of flora is being added to the cliffs, not just coloration. We’d also see that just a few areas of landscaping work have begun (those closest to the entrance to the land). Since presumably there will be some bio-luminescence in those walkway and plants, who knows how long that usually quick process will take. Expect the land to be lush, beautiful, and otherworldly when its done.

Right now best estimates are that Pandora is about a year away from opening. So although there’s no official date announced, I could see a Memorial Day weekend grand opening with previews starting earlier in the month. Don’t book any trips on that speculation, but judging by how far along construction is, that sounds about right.

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