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Five Reasons Avatar Land will Amaze at Animal Kingdom

Disney World has a major new attraction underway at Animal KingdomAvatar Land.  The themed area is an expansive new land is being created through a collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron, the man behind the film “Avatar” and Walt Disney Imagineering.  Together, they will bring the world of Pandora to life.  The new land will feature floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees, all part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

The addition of Avatar Land has made some Disney die-hards skeptical.  Pandora?  At the Animal Kingdom?  These two lands don’t seem to coexist, you might think.  However there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this attraction.  In fact, here are five reasons to look forward to Avatar Land.

1) The Animal Kingdom has largely been a park about experiences – not necessarily rides and attractions.  One of the most popular things to do at the park is the Kilimanjaro Safari, which is sightseeing based with animals the star of the show.  Now, with Pandora, there will be at least two new rides at the park – one of which looks like a boat ride while the other simulates flying.  Naturally, these fit in nicely with the ecological elements of Animal Kingdom. 

2) Animal Kingdom is the only Disney theme park to not stay open at night.  When Avatar Land opens, that will change.  This means you’ll get to explore the lush, unique sights of the park in a whole new way.  Imagine riding Expedition Everest at night or seeing the Tree of Life glowing in the night sky.  Sounds pretty great to me!

3) With new nighttime hours at Animal Kingdom, as well as new things to do, Disney World’s three other theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios – should see fewer crowds at night.  This is a bonus for all park goers as it will make nighttime festivities even more enjoyable. 

4) As the Animal Kingdom will be open after dark, new nighttime entertainment is planned.  Things to do when the sun goes down include a nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari tour and nighttime show along Discovery River. 

5) One things is certain – Disney creating Avatar Land will only increase the competition between central Florida theme parks.  The last decade has seen a plethora of tractions open at Disney, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. Avatar Land will amp up the attraction race, which all vacationers will benefit from because it means new things to do at all Orlando theme parks.

We still have some time before the debut of Avatar Land.  The scheduled opening date isn’t until 2017.  Until then, we look forward to seeing what Disney Imagineers wow us with next!

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