Pandora: The World of Avatar is very close to opening to the public with only small details to be completed, and we’re taking our last look before the big reveal! The berm with lots and lots of trees and plants is coming along nicely behind Pandora, blocking much of the area from view of guests arriving by bus. And speaking of buses, a new bus station is being constructed just behind that berm, the third row of stations for Animal Kingdom. Expect it to be ready by the official opening of Pandora, May 27, 2017! And speaking of the opening, be sure to stay tuned to Orlando ParkStop early next month as we’ll have our complete coverage of Pandora, including a closer look inside the area, the rides, and reviews of the exotic food and drink offerings!
Also going on in the park right now, It’s Tough to be a Bug will be closed later this month, from April 23rd to 29th, for refurbishment. There’s lots of animals too look at around the Tree of Life as all of the animal paths are now open. On most days you’ll be able to see lemurs, cranes, kangaroos and lots more! And finally, we’re taking a look at some of the new merchandise for the Rivers of Light show, now happening nightly. Some of the new items actually light up and even change colors, synchronized with the show! Check out the video as well as the full photo report below and stay tuned for our Pandora full coverage coming soon!
Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Animals of today
Animals of the past
Animals that never were
Hoping they don’t replace the dragon with a banshee after Pandora opens
New bird feeders have been installed between bus drop-off and tram road
It’s Tough to be a Bug show will be closed April 23-29 for refurbishment
No word yet if any changes will be made, or will just be general upkeep
Adorable ball of lemur
Lemur on the move
Thirsty lemur, it is a hot day
The cutest thing you’ll see all day
No thank you, I do not like to “move it, move it”
Taking one last look at Avatar construction before we visit the land in person next month!
Floating mountains hiding in the distance
Be sure to stick with us for our full Pandora coverage starting early next month when these walls come down
View of the weird big plant over the wall
A sneak peak into the area
A look at the bridge to Pandora
The work walls have gone from wood to fabric wraps
Old work walls 2 months ago
New work walls inside
Lanterns seen while entering the area
Folding chairs were seen on the bridge while I was there
Just noticed the RDA logos all over this bridge. The RDA was the “Resources Development Administration” in Avatar, the corporation in charge of all natural resource mining on off-Earth locations, including Pandora. In the new land, the story is that the RDA left many years ago, which is why this bridge, and other RDA infrastructure, appear in disarray after being reclaimed by nature.
One last full look at the bridge before moving on
Closer look at the themed walls blocking the entrance to Pandora
It is going to look incredible when you enter
The view near the park entrance turnstiles
Little mountains “floating” in the distance
This big floating mountain has the waterfall
And if you look really really close you can see the water flowing off the mountain
One last look from the park entrance
This is the view from behind the Rainforest Cafe
Here we can see under the floating mountains
A look under the mountains
A building at the edge of Pandora
Here we can see the theming stop on the building’s backside
Backstage entrance to Pandora near Rainforest Cafe’s outside bar
I still love that this safety sign is themed
Checking out the back of the area as seen from the bus turnaround
Berm is complete and lots of trees and plants have been added
Once these trees fill out a little more it will be even harder to see Pandora from the buses
From some angles you can sneak a peak
Tiny floating mountains on top of show building
Well hidden area as seen from bus dropoff
Backside of the building’s facade
For the most part, just looks like a boring building from this angle
A third bus drop-off being built behind Pandora
Construction on this bus drop-off is going quickly
View of new bus station from the side
View of new bus depot from an existing bus depot
Before we go, lets check out Island Mercantile for a look at the Rivers of Light merchandise
These light up with the show!
Light up toys demo mode
Small themed fans
Light-up animated lanyards
These last two aren’t Rivers of Light, but were so cute I just had to include them!
Stay tuned in early May for our complete coverage of Pandora – The World of Avatar! We will be showing off the entire land, rides, and exotic foods and drinks.
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has a knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found wandering the parks and riding coasters!