Saturday, January 11, 2014

Disney breaks ground for AVATAR land at Animal Kingdom

The day has finally come. The official groundbreaking for AVATAR land at Animal Kingdom in Disney World has taken place.
Disney publicity photo

The top brass at Disney posed for a photo with Na'vi-inspired shovels and later a Na'vi (which was added to illustrate the point). The land is supposed to open some time in 2017. The land will have floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of biolumines cent plants that are alive with light and sound. One of the rides will also soar on a Banshee.

In the photo are (left to right), George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; a Na'vi; Jon Landau, AVATAR Producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.
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