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(7/12/18) Will the Expedition Everest Yeti Ever Dance Again? (MORE...)
(6/13/18) Want To Go Glamping In Pandora? (MORE...)
(6/1/18) Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disneyland Paris May Be Seeking Indiana Jones Rides (MORE...)
(5/30/18) The Pandora That Never Was (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Nothing is known to be planned at this time...
General Park News - (7/12/18) No way to know how true this is, but according to the rumor mill we can expect Expedition Everest to go down for a lengthy rehab sometime in 2019. The mission? Would you believe it may finally be time to "fix" the non-functioning animatronic Yeti figure in the finale scene? This along with some other impressive upgrades are said to be in the works... but the question still remains: when and for how long?
(6/13/18) Disney is running a very special contest for their theme park fans... especially those with a fondness for Avatar. Believe it or not, but the single winner of the contest will be given the opportunity to go "Glamping" overnight inside Disney's Animal Kingdom, sleeping under the glowing and FLOATING mountain of Pandora - The World of Avatar.
Don't worry, if you win you can bring a friend along to share the experience, which will also include an entire 4-day/3-night Walt Disney World experience, including round-trip airfair as well as accommodations for the entire nights you aren't sleeping under the stars of an alien world. Follow the link to see the official contest page where all you have to do is tell Disney exactly WHY you want to be the one to go on this ultimate sci-fi Glamping experience.
(5/30/18) Now that Pandora: The World of Avatar has been open for a year, Disney and More has gone back to look at a few items that were designed for Pandora, but were never built. Things that were cut either as part of the budget trimming process, or deemed unfeasible due build in the amount of time being allowed for the project.
The list includes additional sensors to make the living plants more interactive, a more extended queue for the Navi River Journey, a puppet show and more.
(4/10/18) As teased early Saturday morning, Disney has confirmed that the new addition to Pandora is the arrival of the PCI Suit... short for Pandora Conservation Initiative suit, which will arrive starting April 22. They describe it as a suit designed by the scientists on Pandora to go out into the wilderness to conduct their studies, based on the idea of the military AMP suit concept. The suits look very mobile and even the individual digits on the robotic hands work, controlled by the pilot.
2018 - UP! A Great Bird Adventure - (2/24/18) The Disney Parks Blog have released more details about the new bird show, which will be called, “UP! A Great Bird Adventure” when it opens on April 22. Guests will see, “Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure in Anandapur village”.
In other Animal Kingdom news, Disney has announced that the park will also launch a "dino-tastic" celebration where Donald Duck will take over Dinoland, U.S.A. as part of a new character celebration.
(12/12/17) Disney has announced that they will add a new live action show to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2018 that will feature the characters, Russell and Dug from UP. Look for the new show to open in the Spring as it replaces the current Flights of Wonder show with a new show that will still focus on bird species in the park’s Caravan Theater.
Flights of Wonder will close down for good at the end of December 2017.
???? - Indiana Jones Adventure / Land - Rumored - (6/1/18) It has been awhile since we've heard anything about the rumor of Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom being replaced by a next-gen version of the Indiana Jones Adventure ride, but our friends at Disney & More take a look into the latest rumors on this topic, including the rumor that AK and DLP may even share the development costs for this project, that would see a clone also built in Paris in the near-future near their own Indy themed coaster. Meanwhile the news may be more urgent for the Florida resort, as the current Indiana Jones stunt show is rumored to be closing down sometime after Star Wars: Galalxy’s Edge opens, which would remove the only Indiana Jones themed area from all of Walt Disney World. So you could imagine that they would want to put him back somewhere else fairly quickly if that happens.
I don't know how accurate this might be, but one possible rumor even blends the two concepts into one attraction, having Indiana Jones encounter a lost world of living Dinosaurs. Hmmmm....
(8/25/17) I don't know much about this latest rumor myself or how legit it is, but I have to admit it does make sense. What is it? With the launch of the giant Avatar themed land in Disney's Animal Kingdom park, there is now a rumored proposal to revamp the park's current Dinoland USA into a new Indiana Jones themed land instead. While some of the land could be scrapped entirely, like the Chester and Hester's DinoRama, the thought is that the existing Dinosaur dark ride could be transformed and upgraded into a state of the art Indiana Jones Adventure dark ride like the ones running in California and Japan. After all, if you were to remove all that dinosaur themeing, the existing attraction is a virtual clone of the original Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland.
With the company now seeking to add IP themed attractions to Epcot and a major revamp of the Studios park is underway and rumored to cause the eventual removal of that's park's Indiana Jones stunt show, it makes perfect sense to bring Indy to Animal Kingdom and create a second new IP themed land within the park.
Right now Disney has a lot of irons in the fire however, so we'll have to wait for some of these other projects to finish up before we see any kind of movement on this rumor, so be patient.