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Ground Has Broken on Avatar Land

Ground Has Broken on Avatar Land

 

Ground has broken on Avatar Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new land will officially be called Pandora, and is taking over the space that was formerly held by Camp Minnie-Mickey. Ground was broken using giant blue shovels, based on the movie. Those in attendance were Avatar producer Jon Landau, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs, Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis, Chief Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering Bruce Vaughn, President of Walt Disney Parks United States and France Meg Crofton, and Imagineer Joe Rohde.

Avatar Land was first announced in September 2011. Few details about the land have been released, resulting in false rumors that the project had been scrapped. Pandora is set to open in 2017 and will be one of many changes at DAK. Disney has also announced that there will be new nighttime entertainment at the park, allowing guests for a full day and evening of fun.

As of January 6, 2014, Camp Minnie-Mickey is officially closed. The characters can now be found in other areas of the park. Festival of the Lion King is also closed, but is set to reopen in a new theater in Africa in approximately six months.

 

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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.