Pandora and Dinoland to close early tomorrow at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Sep 17, 2019 in "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

A private event taking place at Disney's Animal Kingdom tomorrow September 18 will close sections of the park early.

The park closes at 9pm, but DinoLand U.S.A. will close at 6pm and Pandora - The World of Avatar will close at 8pm.

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Article Posted: Sep 17, 2019 / 8:47amET
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Steph15251Sep 20, 2019

When I was working there,they did it a lot ,it really is nothing new.

GlasgowSep 20, 2019

It is extremely annoying when they close the parks for these sort of special events .. except when you're part of the special event :) I've been to several of these over the years and they are AWESOME. I remember being at a work conference when they closed DHS (MGM at the time) and there were only 2-3k people there and they put out food and drink stands for the attendees. Wow, those were special times.

dreamfinderSep 20, 2019

Doesn't mean they still weren't going to close the space for some sort of function as part of the powwow. Gotta feed them dinner somewhere. If the weather is decent I suspect most people would rather eat in DinoLand than in a conference room somewhere.

HMFan999Sep 19, 2019

Except Joe said "This morning" and the closures were at 8pm.

hauntologySep 19, 2019

I'm in the minority that loves Dino-Rama--I love the cheesiness of it, the restaurant/store have amazing theming to me. HOWEVER If they had ever planned to invest more in it, I feel as though the "parody ride" that Primeval Whirl is supposed to be of DINOSAUR should have been a dark ride based off Pretzel Dark Ride haunted houses. An added layer of corniness, a way to get out the sun, etc. Too late now. Rohde is probably talking to investors on ways to revitalize the land then? Showing what money can do in the case of Pandora and money means. lol

RSoxNo1Sep 19, 2019

Good execution on a bad theme. Toy Story Land and Storybook Circus are other examples of this.

Figments FriendSep 19, 2019

I think it's rather good these executives will be seeing two examples of 'themed environments'. And these two examples, Pandora and Dinoland, are at the complete opposite of each other in regards to quality, place setting, and themed surroundings. Hoping this means bigger plans are on the horizon, and we finally see the demise of the eye sore that is Dino-Rama. -

bcoachableSep 19, 2019

I get Closing Pandora for Joe R to show it off to the Big Dogs... But what does this mean for Dinoland?????????????(!!!!!!!)

MansionButler84Sep 19, 2019

Bob Iger is working on getting a Chick Fil-A and Hobby Lobby added to the land.

ThatMouseSep 19, 2019

Objectively it's very good theming of a parking lot with a pop-up faire going on, although I feel like United States is not well represented here compared to the other AK lands! :)

MansionButler84Sep 19, 2019

I like Dinoland outside of Dino-Rama...Disney has certainly done worse.

ThatMouseSep 19, 2019

Looks like you solved it! Welcome to Dinoland, the worst theming at Disney World. Can you believe we had a Waste Management exhibit at EPCOT that was better than this? Now let's walk over to Pandora.

hauntologySep 19, 2019

Might have something to do with Joe Rohde showing executives around??

Mr MindcrimeSep 19, 2019

They did not. There were CM's at the entrances to Pandora and signs that said it would be closed at 8. We left the land just before 8 and there was no sense of urgency. But on our way out there were lots of folks walking in, literally several busloads. It looked like some sort of "customer appreciation" event.