Disney previews model of Encanto and Indiana Jones expansion at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Apr 04, 2024 in "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

Dinoland U.S.A. Blue Sky Concept Art
Posted: Thursday April 4, 2024 10:42am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Imagineering has released a behind-the-scenes look at work underway on bringing the Encanto and Indiana Jones expansion to Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

In the video, we see a working model for the new lands and some details of research trips to the Yucatán Peninsula for inspiration on creating the lush landscape of the land.

Disney announced in September 2023 that new experiences inspired by "Encanto" – the Academy Award winning Walt Disney Animation Studios film – and the fan-favorite adventurer Indiana Jones were being considered for the reimagined DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The new land themed to the tropical Americas would replace the entire Dino-Land U.S.A. area, with Indiana Jones replacing the existing Dinosaur ride, and Encanto replacing Dino-Rama.


Imagineering Boss Bruce Vaughn said, "Imagine a land filled with authentic experiences from this part of the world. With all of the placemaking and storytelling you'd expect. Look, it's a beautiful region to explore and has been the inspiration for so many magical stories over the years. We're looking forward to bringing all of that to life"

Vaughn contninued, "Imagineering has been talking about stories from this part of the world; Encanto with Indiana Jones just rose to the top. They give us so much to play with. We have a long way to go now and a lot more to discover. But our team here in Florida is all over it."

Discuss on the Forums

Get Walt Disney World News Delivered to Your Inbox

View all comments →

ToTBellHop9 hours ago

Do NOT slow down for a video of a snake eating a goat on Facebook under ANY circumstances. It’s all you’ll see for weeks. Damn the algorithm.

MisterPenguin9 hours ago

There should be a Lion King spinner in which the vehicles alternate predator, prey, predator, prey.... And call it "The Circle of Life."

SilentWindODoom15 hours ago

I feel like cries for a Lion King or Jungle Book dark ride to fill in some of the park's missing mid-letter ticket space has been a thing for the last 20 years.

Chef idea Mickey`=17 hours ago

My concept was not Tropical America's, but instead what DisneySea did with Fantasy Spring's but instead built on 3 other franchises. For me it would be Lion King, Jungle Book and Encanto!* it would be called Nature Spring's 😊

The Leader of the Club17 hours ago

It would make even less sense to have a Lion King attraction not in Africa.

Chef idea Mickey`=17 hours ago

Let's add Jungle Book. It makes complete sense.

Chef idea Mickey`=17 hours ago

not if my idea was for Lion King to replace Dinosaur instead of Indiana Jones.

aladdin200718 hours ago

wow, yes vaguely, its been so long though...wonder if I still have that one will have to look.

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗9718 hours ago

I enjoyed it far more than the movie, and did it several times in one sitting!

MadderAdder18 hours ago

(Does anyone remember Lion King 1 1/2’s dvd menu theme park ride? Amazing.)

Magicart8720 hours ago

doctornick20 hours ago

Well, maybe the boats will look like hippos or something like that. 🤷‍♂️

Brer Panther1 day ago

Maybe if you made it look like an African animal, like a wildebeest or something...

ednamodedarling1 day ago

Is the idea that LK would be a flume, MOANA would utilize shanghai pirates tech & ENCANTO would be the classic boat ride sytem?