Confirmed, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Bringing Upgrades to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his son in Avatar: The Way of Water

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Disney just announced exciting upgrades and new offerings coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, celebrating the premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water.

Nearly 13 years after the original Avatar, by Director James Cameron, premiered and created a massive ripple that remains relevant to this day, the film’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, will likely have an equally significant impact — despite the film’s Director possibly spoiling the sequel — as its premiere is bringing a series of new products, experiences, and upgrades to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Avatar the way of water concept art
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The nature-inspired theme park became home to an all-new, highly immersive land inspired by Avatar, Pandora – The World of Avatar, in 2017, welcoming millions of Guests eager to explore the wonders of the fantastic world of Pandora with sights and sounds of the exotic flora and fauna of the planet, two themed attractions, interactive experiences, themed merchandise, and delicious meals and snacks inspired by the exotic tastes and the flavors of Pandora.

Director James Cameron recently commented in an interview that he would like to bring motifs from Avatar: The Way of Water and the third installment of the franchise to Avatar Flight of Passage, which could mean a significant upgrade to the attraction, keeping its storyline fresh and possibly addressing some of the problems it has recently presented. Unfortunately, these upgrades remain purely speculative, as Disney officials have not released any information regarding such a project.

Kid riding flight of passage in pandora at disney's animal kingdom
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However, Disney just confirmed that the premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water will bring other upgrades and experiences to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney Parks shared a video across its social media channels in which actor Stephen Lang — reprising his role as Colonel Quaritch in the new Avatar: The Way of Water — commented that “for the past five years, Guests have been immersed in both the world and the story of Avatar at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park” and that he and the crew behind the long-awaited sequel are “so excited to announce that [their] filmmakers have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Live Entertainment to celebrate the release of Avatar: The Way of Water at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a unique display of lights and effects on the Tree of Life.”

You can see the video below or click here to watch it. 

Per Disney Parks Blog, this unique experience will take place for a limited time at the Orlando theme park beginning December 12. “The Tree of Life will awaken in the evenings with an all-new experience inspired by Pandora – The World of Avatar and the film, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water.’” This brand-new story was produced by Lightstorm Entertainment in collaboration with Disney Live Entertainment, illuminating the Tree of Life with the magic of nature.

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom illuminated to celebrate the premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

This new experience, along with new delicious food, beverages, and merchandise offerings, are arriving at Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate the premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water.

Inside the Magic prepared a guide with all you need to know about Avatar: The Way of Water. You can click here to read it.

Are you excited about the premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water? Will you visit Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy the new experiences arriving at the Park celebrating the film? Let us know in the comments below!

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