VIDEO: Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde Explains the Fit of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s announced the addition of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2011, but it wasn’t until October 2013 that the first details of the new AVATAR-land were released.  Now the walls have gone up, and construction will commence on the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.  Recently, Disney cast members were treated to an exclusive screening of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom where Lead Imagineer Joe Rohde and film producer Jon Landau gave an introduction to their vision for the park.  Continue to watch the VIDEO of their presentation where they explain the fit of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Groundbreaking for AVATAR-Inspired Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Using Na’vi-inspired shovels and assisted by a Na’vi (photo illustration), (left to right) George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; a Na’vi; Jon Landau, AVATAR Producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, pose Jan. 8, 2014 during the ceremonial groundbreaking of an AVATAR-inspired land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by David Roark © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Before showing AVATAR, Joe Rohde explained the fundamental elements of Disney’s Animal Kingdom including: the intrinsic value and power of nature, our transformation through adventure, and a call to action.  He continued that AVATAR contains these same components, and thus a perfect fit inside the theme park.

In the new AVATAR land, Walt Disney World Resort guests will explore the wonders of Pandora when they fly with the banshees, encounter the Na’vi and explore a rich cultural environment with mountains that float and bioluminescent plants that glow at night.  AVATAR is scheduled to open in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017.

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!