Avatar Land – inspired by the 2009 film – is being built in the former location of Camp Minnie Mickey between Africa and the Oasis areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
When the area opens it will include an attraction that is being called a “banshee flight simulator” that is reportedly similar to Soarin’ at Epcot but with more thrills. Another attraction will be an indoor boat ride that takes guests on a river tour of Pandora.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also feature a new nighttime show with music, water screens, and performers on Discovery River. According to reports Disney has teamed with Cirque du Soleil and WET, the firm that designed the fountains at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.
Once the new ares are open the Animal Kingdom will remain open after dark, which is a whole new experience – to date the Animal Kingdom closes by 6 p.m. The park will be illuminated with LED sidewalks and plants that glow when touched. Even the iconic Tree of Life will get a makeover.
Avatar Land is scheduled to open sometime in 2017.