PHOTOS - Aerial views of AVATAR land construction progress

Jun 03, 2014 in "Pandora - The World of Avatar"

Posted: Tuesday June 3, 2014 11:07am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Today we have a great overhead look at the progress on the construction of the new AVATAR land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Thanks to the amazing aerial photography of Scott Keating, we have two shots, one from April 2014, and one from May 2014. You can see a lot of progress has been made, with a huge amount of ground clearing now completed. Currently three large cranes are onsite installing foundation piles.

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Cesar R MApr 24, 2017

happy accident? so are you saying this land was designed secretly by Bob Ross?

danlb_2000Apr 22, 2017

Yeah, that reveal is amazing. I have heard that this reveal was not planned and was just a happy accident, which I tend to believe because this is not the main entrance to the land.

AtomicmickeyApr 22, 2017

This entrance to CarsLand blows my mind . . .

Mike SApr 21, 2017

Cars Land loses a few points for me due to how much of the rest of the park you see but it becomes a non issue the deeper you go. It's even worse now that Tower of Terror was thrown up on :depressed:

RlandriganApr 21, 2017

Two of my Kenyan coworkers both found Harambe to be a lot like 'home' - they were very impressed. AK has amazing design in it, Pandora looks to move that forward. We scheduled our trip for Memorial Day think we might not get to see Pandora, so we're kinda stoked that it opens as we arrive!:)

AtomicmickeyApr 21, 2017

I've stated here before---I have a cousin who has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, and Tibet, and I sent him a pack of pics of me in Asia and he thought I was actually there. It's pretty dang immersive. But, alien land, yeah, I'll give you that. This should be as immersive as WWOHP and CarsLand which are both very, very awesome.

RunnerEdApr 19, 2017

Of course I have. They did a great job with the lands you mentioned, Africa in particular. However, it's not an "I'm in the middle of a fictitious movie set; how in the _____ did they actually build this" feeling. You get that walking into Cars Land and Pandora looks to be able to deliver that "wow."

djkidkazApr 19, 2017

But Kathy Mangum told us in the announcement for Toy Story Land that it would be on par with Cars Land!!! Even as there was a photo right behind her of concept art proving otherwise.

rushtest4echoApr 19, 2017

So... you haven't visited Africa or Asia at AK then? :p

rushtest4echoApr 19, 2017

While I agree in principle, in reality I don't think you or I are going to enjoy 210 minutes of those details. ;)

RunnerEdApr 19, 2017

Other than Main Street USA, I can't really think of a land at WDW that is completely immersive as Pandora appears to be. My wife and I went to DCA a couple of years ago; this looks to be Cars Land level immersion. It will be like walking into the movie (without the toxic atmosphere of course). I get the sense that Star Wars Land will be the same way but Toy Story Land won't be.

matt9112Apr 15, 2017

True all those strollers will look awful...but that's Disney world.

Cesar R MApr 14, 2017

oh gods.. I can feel the immersion breaking already.. as in thousands of katiebugs suddenly cried for their precious x_x

P_RaddenApr 13, 2017

Shortly after dusk and with one or two tasty adult beverages. :) You are absolutely right though. I actually don't want fast passes for these 2 attractions. I'd rather spend time soaking up all the little details of the land in the stand-by queue