Over the last few days, The Walt Disney Company has announced some exciting openings coming over the next few months and years.
The first announcement was the official opening date, of May 27 for Pandora in the Animal Kingdom Park. Inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this will be a 12-acre land, which will immerse guests into the world of Pandora. This new area will include floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and flying “Banshees,” Disney said in a news release.
On February 17, “Rivers of Light,” an all-new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut. The 15-minute show was originally set to debut last April, however technical issues delayed the opening of the show until this month. The theatrical show celebrates nature and its connection with humans by combining live performances, floating lanterns, and special effects.
Also announced, the long running, night-time spectacular Wishes, is set to be replaced with a brand new show called “Happily Ever After” on May 12. This show will feature fireworks, projections and lasers. It will draw on such Disney films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin,” The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” “Peter Pan,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The crowd’s favorite moment, Tinker Bell’s flight, will continue to be a part of the new show.
For Star Wars fans, the news came that we can expect to see that new land open in 2019. The Star Wars Land in Hollywood Studios in Florida and also at Disneyland Park in California will be based on the blockbuster movie franchise. It will feature two new attractions, including a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
Source: The Walt Disney Company