Video Showing Making of a 40-Ton Sand Sculpture at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” releases this Friday and there are many ways to celebrate the new film at Disney Parks and at home! One way Disney is celebrating is with a special 40-ton sand sculpture now at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Check out the celebration details and video as shared below by DisneyParksBlog.


‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, guests can take a photo with a 40-ton sand sculpture at Discovery Island Stage, learn to draw new characters at The Animation Experience at Conservation Station or enjoy several new tasty treats, all inspired by the film. Here’s a look at the making of the sand sculpture that took two artisans three days to carve.

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Gear up for adventure with new product available at shopDisney.com, Disney stores, Walt Disney World Resort and Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

And coming soon, Downtown Disney District will debut a new art installation designed by Walt Disney Imagineering Concept Designer, Xiao Qing Chen. Qing was born and raised in Malaysia and drew inspiration for this artwork from the film and her heritage. Qing’s design intent for the piece is to celebrate differences by respecting, accepting and embracing everyone’s uniqueness and strengths. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more details.

Celebrating from home? Download the free “Raya and the Last Dragon” Activity Packet, a perfect way to discover more about the film with activities themed to nature, storytelling, creativity, friendship and community.

And find your inner-warrior while streaming the “Raya and the Last Dragon” Soundtrack, featuring score by Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard and new original song, “Lead the Way” by Grammy-nominated artist JhenĂ© Aiko.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” releases simultaneously in theaters, including at AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24 and on Disney+ with Premier Access this Friday. Additional fee required.

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.