Avatar Land Concept Art Was Shown in a Disneyland Surprise

Disneyland, located in California, has released breathtaking concept drawings for a new Avatar-themed land. The route of the water goes to Disneyland.

During its livestream event for the 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Wednesday, Disney unveiled the “inspirational artwork,” which features highly themed locations influenced by the multibillion-dollar film series directed by James Cameron.

The artwork depicts park visitors sailing across an open lake while passing a huge waterfall; nearby, mythical animals from the Pandora region are seen scuttling. The picture also shows some large rock work, which reflects the floating island-style design that debuted in 2017 alongside Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar theme park at Animal Kingdom.

“We are excited about the stories our guests could experience at Walt’s original theme park destination after approval of DisneylandForward — including the chance to experience all-new Avatar adventures with a visit to Pandora,” Disney Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro stated in a blog post on the Disney Parks Blog.
“Avatar is the latest example of how we are looking to create new and innovative ways to bring our powerful stories to life. Over the past decade, we’ve delivered massive, immersive experiences at our destinations around the world, including new lands and attractions based on Star Wars, the Avengers, Pixar and more.”

As his team is ready to accelerate construction at its parks across the globe, D’Amaro went on, stating that the Avatar project “is just the beginning” and that “there are so many stories in our library yet to be explored”.

In September, the corporation declared that it would allocate $60 billion to its parks over the ensuing ten years, coinciding with the approval of its long-term DisneylandForward development plan, which was initially unveiled in 2021.

The concept image for DisneylandForward appears to include rides and attractions themed on Tangled, Frozen, and Black Panther, while nothing official has emerged from the plan.

Aside from that, Disney World and Disneyland will reopen their former Splash Mountain flume attractions later in 2024. This is because the company had previously announced that it would re-theme the rides to replace the controversial Song of the South aesthetics with imagery and characters from the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog.

D’Amaro teased an Indiana Jones redesign of Animal Kingdom’s Dinosaur ride to Entertainment Weekly in November during the grand launch of Hong Kong Disneyland’s World of Frozen area.

“I think I actually played some music, didn’t I?” Jokingly, D’Amaro brought up his September Destination D23 presentation, during which he unveiled artwork that included an Indiana Jones-inspired temple erected in lieu of the current Dinosaur thrill coaster, all set to the famous John Williams score.

“We’ve got so many stories to tell, we have so many things we want to make even better in the theme parks. My plan is to continue to share that with the guests,”  he went on. “I know people are like, ‘My gosh, I can’t believe he’s saying this. Is he serious, is he not?’ The answer is, we are absolutely serious.”

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