PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 1/19/16 (AVATAR, Rivers of Light Construction, ETC.)

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WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen was on the scene at Disney’s Animal Kingdom earlier today and he has some great photos to share from his trip:


Rivers of Light construction is picking up as they race to soft-open the show in March/April



New islands conceal static show elements


I applaud Disney on the viewing area, glad to see stone benches instead of the metal bleachers



Here we see the control booth under construction


A view from Everest allows us to look from the same direction the crowd will see the show




Meanwhile, Pandora: The World of AVATAR races towards a 2017 opening, which may actually be sooner than we thought


It may be very early in 2017 when we get to visit Pandora for the first time as apparently work on the attractions is going well



Things are getting exciting at Animal Kingdom as we prepare for two incredible years of new offerings

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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I have been watching the build of Pandora: The World of AVATAR with the floating rock work for the past couple weeks and I am in awe. I can’t wait to see how this develops over the months and of course the end product. Disney Imagineers keep it up because this will be AWESOME and AMAZING!

Great pics from above The River of Lights build from Everest :-)