The D23 Expo also brought an announcement concerning the upcoming improvements to Disney’s Animal Kingdom including the new rides and nighttime entertainment.
Disney announced that they intend to make Animal Kingdom a “full day park.” Guests were excited as the presenter chuckled. He then laid out some details about the upcoming expansions to the theme park including:
- Pandora – The World of AVATAR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will journey into the magnificent world of Pandora at this new AVATAR-themed land. (Former Camp Minnie Mickey). At night the entire area will display bioluminescence .
- AVATAR Flight of Passage – The centerpiece of Pandora – The World of AVATAR, brings guests into one of the most thrilling scenes from the film, in which they will soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world.
- “Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.
- Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.
Additionally, they discussed how they will use the 3D mapping technology that they use with Cinderella Castle and project an awesome new show on the Tree of Life. The show will be hosted by fire flies and will create a beautiful night display.