Attendees at the 2015 D23 Expo were able to get a very early sneak peek at the newest expansion themed land to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar.
It has been recently announced that it will open on May 27, 2017!
This new land will transport you to the world of Pandora from the hit blockbuster movie, Avatar. You’ll join the Na’vi on an adventure through floating mountains and bioluminescent plants.
There will be two attractions to experience:
• Na’vi River Journey
This family friendly journey will take guests down a river through a bioluminescent rainforest in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, as they explore the life force of Pandora.
• Avatar Flight of Passage
Guests will explore and experience the world of Pandora atop a Banshee.
There will also be a couple places to dine, grab a drink and shop for Na’vi cultral items:
• Satu’li Canteen
• Pongu Pongu
A new nighttime show, Rivers of Light, has made its debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on February 17.
Celebrate the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans. Rivers of Light combines live performers, a soaring musical score, beautiful floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and animal imagery projected on giant water screens.
The story magically unfolds on select nights on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.
Evening dining packages will be available, similar to the popular “Fantasmic!” Dining Packages at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, at Tusker House and Tiffins. The “Rivers of Light” Dining Package includes reserved seating at the new show.
At all-you-care-to-eat Tusker House, you can choose the breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet on the day of the show (but you have to dine at least 2 ½ hours before the show). Breakfast is $39, $24 ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity; lunch and dinner, $52, $32 ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity. Tusker House Restaurant is on the Disney Dining Plan and counts as one table-service meal.
At Tiffins, “Rivers of Light” Dining Packages are available at both lunch and dinner. Choose your favorite appetizer, entrée, dessert plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Dining must take place at least three hours prior to showtime. Cost is $67, $26 ages 3 to 9 plus tax and gratuity. Tiffins accepts the Disney Dining Plan, and counts as two table-service meal entitlements.
Reservations are now open and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining or calling 407-WDW-DINE. To make FastPass+ reservations for this new show, visit MyDisneyExperience.com or the My Disney Experience app.
The new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios was announced a couple of years ago. It has been recently announced that it will be opening in 2019!
This will be Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts largest-ever, single-themed land expansions. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. One of the signature attractions will let guests take control of the legendary Millennium Falcon!
For more information and news, visit Disneyland.com.
Photos courtesy of Disneyland.