We learned a lot more about the next big expansion to open in Walt Disney World at the D23 Expo. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will soon see the park’s biggest expansion ever in Pandora – The World of AVATAR. Guests will be invited to visit the… Read More »Pandora – The World of AVATAR: inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s next big land
Imagineer Joe Rohde has been Instagramming some of the recent additions to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with his usual flair for story telling. Young Imagineers and storytellers should follow this master class. Harambe Market. Every so often one comes across a visual moment that is quintessential.… Read More »Instapic: Harambe Market Story and Conservation Lessons from Joe Rohde
Not only has Joe Rohde, imagineer and champion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, posted a terrific photo of a very hard to get image from Expedition Everest roller coaster, he’s provided something of a master-class on creating a back story for an attraction with just three Instagram posts.
Check out the tale explaining the story of the Forbidden Mountain below: Read More »Imagineer Joe Rohde offers masterclass on storytelling in three Instagram posts
Early Saturday morning here in Orlando, but mid-day Japan time at the first D23 expo in that country, Disney revealed big news with the first concept art for the new AVATAR land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017. Today they’ve released the video James Cameron and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde filmed for the D23 announcement.
It highlights the creative work underway on the AVATAR-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The promise the new AVATAR-inspired land will be a transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Sounds pretty good to me, what do you think?
Make sure you watch through. At the 3:00 mark there’s a preview of the ‘Soarin’ over Pandora’ attraction in pre-viz mode and then some wow moment bio-luminescence technology.
A few interesting frame caps from the video are below with my comments:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the youngest of the Walt Disney World collection of theme parks. Even then it’s about to turn 15 years old on April 22nd, which is, of course, also Earth Day. The park has announced that there will be a small party… Read More »Disney’s Animal Kingdom 15th Anniversary Events
It was one year ago today that Aulani Spa & Resort in Hawaii opened its doors to paying guests for the first time. Word on the street is that while it hasn’t been banner year Disney was hoping for with their first DVC/Hotel combo property,… Read More »Aulani Turns One and Reveals New Details for Expansion
The Official Disney Park Blog interviewed Imagineer Joe Rohde on the occasion of his receiving the Buzz Price Thea Award recognizing a career of distinguished achievements. Those include: The Adventurers’ Club, leading the creation of Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest, stepping in to help with Aulani,… Read More »Joe Rhode Interview on Avatar and Animal Kingdom
When Disney parks chair Tom Staggs announced a partnership with James Cameron to bring Avatar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I sort of assumed that Cameron and his production partner Jon Landau had already toured the park with its chief creative influence Joe Rohde. Apparently, they… Read More »James Cameron walks the future site of Avatar-land with Joe Rohde and Tom Staggs