New Concept Art, Stores and Dining for Pandora: The World of AVATAR at Animal Kingdom

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It was announced today that Pandora – The World of Avatar is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in summer 2017. Now, Disney is sharing a first look at what you can expect to see in the land.

Opening in summer 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Satu’li Canteen, (pictured here) will be the main restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar and will feature Na’vi art and cultural items. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)
Opening in summer 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Satu’li Canteen, (pictured here) will be the main restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar and will feature Na’vi art and cultural items. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

Satu’li Canteen will be the main restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar and will feature Na’vi art and cultural items.

Opening in summer 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Windtraders, (pictured here) travelers can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more.Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)
Opening in summer 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Windtraders, (pictured here) travelers can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more.Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

At Windtraders, travelers can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more.

Opening in summer 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Pongu Pongu (pictured here) will be a special drink location with a design that is as eclectic as its Expat owner. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Parks)
Opening in summer 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Pongu Pongu (pictured here) will be a special drink location with a design that is as eclectic as its Expat owner. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Parks)

And Pongu Pongu (pictured at the top of the story) will be a special drink location with a design that is as eclectic as its Expat owner.

All of today’s new images were shared by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek during a D23’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Andrew Tonge
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Andrew Tonge

Man, Disney needs to bring their A game with this land because I gotta tell ya I am not excited about it at all. Avatar has been out for so long, and it’s not even that good of a movie….I’m sorry I am just not feeling it with this expansion.

JimV
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JimV

4 new Avatar sequels coming. You’ll be inundated with Avatar in the next few years.

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

I agree with Andrew’s comment. What a freaking joke. Avatar land’s main sell will be ANOTHER restaurant and merchandise? The restaurant they already opened there (Tiffins) sucks beyond words in food quality and service, meanwhile a complete rip off. Where the HELL are attractions to justify GOING. I see NOTHING here that looks more than a cheap mall with poorly run food court. PLEASE Disney, prove me wrong.

rebeccamck
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rebeccamck

I’d just be going for the boat ride that’s coming, I guess. Not really into Avatar. But I really go for Expedition Everest if nothing else….Avatar land doesn’t mean that much to me.

JimV
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JimV

What do you mean “prove you wrong”? You ignore everything that was already publicized by Disney on the 2 major attractions being built for the land. The attractions are obviously going where the stores aren’t. It’s a huge land. There’s enough room for everything. Avatar will increase Animal Kingdom’s park capacity by 20%. You’ll have a great time.

Jeff
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Jeff

Cheryl, Avatar’s main sell will be the two e-ticket attractions.

LTT
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LTT

You’d think they would remember Jeff.

When is the sky not falling for people here in the comments section?

Exit Through The Gift Shop
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Exit Through The Gift Shop

I guess it might be easier to recall that a whole land expansion is only opening two major rides if it weren’t for the endless marketing onslaught that Disney continues to push, showing the 18 gift shops and 22 restaurants that they filled the “expansion” with. Let’s not paint the picture any different than it really is.

...that's funny..exit through gift shop. Entire place now a gift shop of junk!
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...that's funny..exit through gift shop. Entire place now a gift shop of junk!

And it’s actually only 1 real ride, the other is a profit share to sell avatars. Will be shorter and less exciting, and 1/10th as themed as the Mexico boat ride. Plus of course, stores, and shoddy food stands. Tiffins sucks. Scared how bad it can get. Love Disney so much, but we scratch our heads at what they’re doing.

tmsmole
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tmsmole

There are two rides in one building. Each one may or may not have a gift shop (may have one gift shop for both rides). What attraction at ANY Disney park doesn’t exit through the gift shop? It’s a Small World is one of the few… Disney is in the business of making money. Why do you begrudge them of doing that when just about everyone that goes there asks for food and merchandise wherever they go? Of course they will have a gift shop! Of course they will have a place to eat! Of course they will have a… Read more »

tmsmole
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tmsmole

In case you ask why I brought up that about the symbiosis with our planet, it’s because that’s Animal Kingdom’s entire message throughout the park…

Pete
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Pete

No dummy, do your research. There’s going to be just stores with only one real ride. And stands to buy food. Nothing wrong that they rip you off and you don’t care that you don’t get anything for your money, just don’t be negative to other guests who are Disney fans who know the imagineers are cut at the knees by beancounters with mentality like yours. Avatar wasn’t a top grossing film either. James Cameron helped pay for this to go into Disney is why it’s going in to begin with. It will be almost a decade old by the… Read more »

tmsmole
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tmsmole

Apparently I am a dummy. Thanks for pointing it out Pete. If you did YOUR research, you would know that there are TWO rides in one building as I said. One is Avatar Flight of Passage (flying on a banshee), and the other is Na’vi River Journey (boat ride through the Na’vi River). I think that if you had ANY idea of what you were talking about you would say something a little more educated. Look up how much money Avatar made. Look up what constitutes a land in Disney. You’ll find that all of them have rides, merchandise, restaurant,… Read more »

Mike Pinault
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Mike Pinault

Can you show me a whole map of avatar land?

tmsmole
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tmsmole

No maps yet, I’d just go to the aerial views they are showing in this blog.

WWWD (What Would Walt Do?)
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WWWD (What Would Walt Do?)

Seriously, just get rid of Avatar and put up Zootopia in its place. Avatar is one of the worst movies ever made and even both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin are much more watchable.

Andrea
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Andrea

Disney politics. It has nothing to do with which one is best. It’s about behind scenes contracts that get them money, and bad managers who stand behind their decision, no matter how bad it gets, out of pride.

tmsmole
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tmsmole

Anyone looking to find something wrong with this place will find it… This will be amazing! Take it from someone that works there :)

Greg
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Greg

I get it that Disney has people from PR or that “WORK THERE” on this site. Anyone with their head up their backside will pay a mint for nothing too. The movie is old. Wasn’t that popular. Disney had great plans for what was to go in, but most of that cut for profit centers only. Stop smoking weed tmsole. Disney needs to put customers at least on the radar, and not make it ONLY about cheapening out the product, selling less for more, cutting staff, quality and everything else.

Curt
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Curt

While I agree with you that the movie is old, to say it wasn’t that popular is just incorrect and misinformed. At the time, it was one of the highest grossing films in history. I remain cautiously optimistic about the area in general. Time will tell. With the planned release of four more movies, maybe it will pay off. On the other hand it could be terrible.

Larry
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Larry

I’ll agree Curt it was a money maker, but doesn’t have the cache of many other possibilities. Star Wars and many less grossing films are more “Popular” though IMO. I don’t know, my kids don’t do anything Avatar, and ask what it is. Showed them the movie and it didn’t capture them to say the least. Had some nice adult messages in it. And I’m sure more Pandora movies will come. If nothing else, to milk the $$$$$$$$$ Carmeron/Firestrom/Fox land put in Disney. Hopefully that Disney doesn’t have full control will make it possible that there might be some entertainment… Read more »

P Riley
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P Riley

I wish they would have put in the original area for that as planned back in the day. Why does EVERYTHING have to have a movie/marketing reference? By this measure, so many of Disney’s more enjoyable things wouldn’t exist.

tmsmole
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tmsmole

Not PR, just someone who’s curious about what people are saying about this is all. If I were PR, I probably wouldn’t have said that I work there. I just wanted you all to know that you are in for some real surprises when this land come a reality. It is without a doubt, the most immersive experience yet. I don’t get how you can say that they are cheapening out the product, selling less for more, cutting staff, quality and everything else. No need to cast insults and say that I’m “smoking weed.” Was I not polite?

ConfusedOldMan
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ConfusedOldMan

Blimey, there’s some anger management issues here, cool it guys!