PHOTOS - Walt Disney Imagineering displays AVATAR project model at D23 EXPO

Aug 14, 2015 in "Pandora - The World of Avatar"

AVATAR model at D23 EXPO 2015
Posted: Friday August 14, 2015 6:43am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

The D23 EXPO begins today in Anaheim, with Walt Disney Imagineering giving a the public a first glimpse of the AVATAR project coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017.

The huge 1/4" scale model (click the image to zoom) is on display for the first time and really shows the detail and depth that we can expect to see in this new land. 

The mess hall restaurant can be seen to the right, with the mountains at the back of the model disguising the simulator show building.

Opening in 2017, AVATAR will take guests on a thrilling flight simulated banshee ride and a river cruise through the illuminated landscape of Pandora, complete with bioluminescent trees and audio-animatronics.

The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts show floor pavilion also gives D23 EXPO 2015 guests a look into the much-anticipated Shanghai Disney Resort.

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*Grand Admiral Thrawn*Mar 01, 2020

I agree! Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom are the best Disney parks in my opinion. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios still need a lot more work.

TrainChasersFeb 29, 2020

DAK is a very different park. But I think it’s by far the most cohesive park in the USA right now. The only thing that is out of place is Dino-land and it does work thematically even though it shouldn’t be there. The park feels the most complete to me. But I also enjoy spending time watching the animals and exploring the details.

MisterPenguinFeb 23, 2020

You wondered if people's reactions were to your spelling. I told you what they were reacting to. That's all.

JabbasFeb 23, 2020

That’s why it is called an opinion. We all have different views, and there is nothing wrong with that. But regardless, you replied to another comment of mine and it seemed a little snarky. I’m not here for petty comments or judgment, I’m here for my love of Disney. Inside and outside of the parks.

MisterPenguinFeb 22, 2020

Spelling isn't the issue. It's calling a park very highly regarded by many as underwhelming. It was the opinion that got the reactions, not any typos.

JabbasFeb 22, 2020

I had replied earlier that I was typing on my phone with my toddler in my lap, SORRY about the spelling.

MisterPenguinFeb 22, 2020

I think the reactions are to "Animal Kingdom is still completely underwhelming." Among many park fans, DAK is considered one of the best parks. But, everyone's entitled to their opinions. ;)

tractor tipperFeb 22, 2020

Now we have distracted texting.

JabbasFeb 22, 2020

I’m sorry about the spelling, don’t know if that’s why you put a laughing face but I was typing on my phone with 2 year old trying to grab it.

JabbasFeb 21, 2020

Went this weekend for the first time since they completed Pandora. While pandora is beautiful at night, Animial Kingdom is still complete underwhelming. I think after Epcot catches up after all the contraction this park will still need something. It’s still lacking compared to the other 3. Hollywood studios blew me out of the water with the new addition, it used to be the worst park.

*Grand Admiral Thrawn*Jan 18, 2020

I absolutely agree! Its a beautiful ride but needs a lot more AA's and to be a bit longer.

Kate FJan 11, 2020

Did Navi River for the first time this trip. Verdict: glad we had a Fastpass for it. Wasn’t bad but nothing to right home about. Needed to be a few minutes longer and have more animatronics.

disneygeek90Dec 16, 2019

Yes! It was beautiful. I'd expect that's how they always imagined it should look, glad they took the time on this detail.

Disney AnalystDec 16, 2019

Yep.