February 10, 2017
Disney Announces Dates for Pandora and Star Wars Lands
Straight to the Point
Disney’s Pandora-themed park in Disney World, Florida is opening May 27, 2017 while the Star Wars lands in Disney Land, CA and Disney World, FL are opening in 2019!
Pandora-The World of Avatar
The World of Avatar will be located in the Animal Kingdom park, Orlando. The new zone is based on James Cameron’s hugely successful Avatar franchise. Disney recently revealed the following about its newest expansion-
Featuring magnificent floating mountains and an iconic nighttime jungle filled with bioluminescent flora, this sprawling new land includes innovative expeditions, along with themed dining and shopping opportunities. Set across a massive and immersive landscape, Pandora – The World of AVATAR will surround you in the planet’s beauty—especially at night when the land comes to life with a glow, adding a truly magical quality to every Pandoran adventure!
There are also two new exciting rides coming to Pandora!
1) AVATAR Flight of Passage
This ride is supposed to simulate flight aboard a winged banshee atop the forests of Pandora. Disney is hyping it up as a thrill ride though few details have been officially released.
2) Na’Vi River Journey
This is a boat ride along a river through the bioluminescent rainforest of Pandora. It looks like a neat family-oriented adventure!
Star Wars Land
Disney announced over year ago that it would be building new Star Wars themed lands at Disney Land Resort in California and at Hollywood Studios in Disney World, Orlando. Disney just announced the vague opening date of 2019 for these new expansions! Each expansion will be fairly sizable, coming in at over 14 acres of Star Wars in each park! Disney has announced very few details about its Star Wars parks as they’re still two years away from opening. However we do know that there will be a ride on the Millennium Falcon! They said the following-
Guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience. And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, visitors will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.
I visit Disney fairly often so I can’t wait till the new parks open! I was just there a few months ago to check out the Halloween festivities at Disney World. I just wish Disney would release more pictures or videos to the public about Pandora so we can really see what it looks like. I’m a bit of a crazy traveler as I make my travel plans fairly last-minute, so I expect I’ll be making travel arrangements to Orlando sometime in May 🙂
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