Disney Files Notice of Commencement Permit for Tropical Americas Expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Toni Ferrigno

tropical americas concept art

Disney Files Notice of Commencement Permit for Tropical Americas Expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney has filed a new Notice of Commencement to begin work on the Tropical Americas expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Notice of Commencement for Tropical Americas Expansion

Notice of Commencement permit

The Notice of Commencement, filed on May 23, 2024, is to install Walt Disney Imagineering trailers in a “backstage” area behind Kali River Rapids and Maharaja Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The trailers will likely serve as a base for Imagineers as they work on transforming Dinoland U.S.A into a new Tropical Americas land, which is set to feature attractions themed to “Encanto” and “Indiana Jones.”

Tropical Americas concept art

Back in March, a permit filed with the South Florida Water Management District revealed plans for four Walt Disney Imagineering trailers in this area, along with one additional contractor trailer and 363 parking spaces. There was also an outline for a road leading from the trailers straight to the Dinoland U.S.A. area.

Tropical Americas was first teased as a blue sky concept by Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, Josh D’Amaro, at last year’s Destination D23. The concept was revealed to fans as being beyond the blue sky phase when Imagineering shared a video featuring models of the land this April. In the video, Imagineer Neal Emery discussed a research trip the team took to help bring the expansion to life.

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