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Latest Update: Avatar Inspired Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Detailed Look at Concept Art, Model & Props – Photos and Video

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An Avatar inspired land was announced several years ago for Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Very little has been said about it since then, leading to rumors that plans had been scrapped. It turns out, that Imagineers have been working for the last couple of years on the project. Concept art was released at the Japan D23 Expo two days ago! Photos of James Cameron with Tom Staggs and Joe Rohde with the Avatar model have also been released (below, left). This concept art of Pandora shows lush landscaping (below, right).

Shaping a Future Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Avatar Concept Art NEW 001

A family walk into Pandora by day (below, left), where you can see floating trees in the background. The same family (below, right) enters at night. Disney says about this new land, “As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of AVATAR guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound.

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Avatar Concept Art NEW 003 Night Pandora

An attraction with a possible 3D movie that sounds like it would be similar to Soarin’ is in the works “Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee” (below, let). Imagineers are already testing it (below, right).

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Imagineer Testing Avatar Land Banshee Ride

Video #1 – Avatar Inspired Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Detailed Look at Concept Art, Model & Props  – Concept art has been released for the Avatar Inspired land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! Shown first at Disney’s D23 Expo in Japan last night, this gives an idea of what will come in 2017 to Animal Kingdom. There will also be a boat ride, nighttime show, and a nighttime Kilamanjaro Safari ride.

James Cameron and Imagineer Joe Rodhe are working on the new Avatar land, which is projected to open in 2017 (below, left). Joe Rodhe, Tom Staggs and James Cameron look over another section of the Pandora model (below, right). Joe Rohde said that guests will “fly across the planet on the wings of one of these giant creatures” and “go into the bioluminescent forest, full of these glorious, glowing plants”. He continued that the land would come to life and interact with guests, seeming to be “a living creature in itself”.

Imagineer Testing Avatar Land  Imagineer Avatar Land Model

There will also be a boat ride (below, left) and new entertainment experiences, including a nighttime spectacular with “floating lanterns, water screens and swirling imagery” for a show on the Discovery River. Expect live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Neither Denise or I have been fans of the Avatar film itself, but we both have much higher hopes for the new land! It looks like it will be a nice fit for Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, and give it new life.

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park Expands - Nighttime Show

Video #2 – MouseSteps Weekly #73 Avatar Land Concept Art; “Frozen” Coming to Epcot; Food & Wine Festival – Featuring: The big Avatar Land announcement and concept art, Jeff’s Imagineer led tour of Expedition Everest for Limited Time Magic, Amazing Chalk Art at Downtown Disney and more food sampling at Epcot’s Food and Wine festival (including a surprise happy hour) plus FROZEN meet and greet preview, new merchandise and more!

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013) – Available Now:

Trick or Treat 10 Cover smJeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 10 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Not So Scary Entrance Scenes, Trick-or-Treat Trails, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 10 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2013) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2013:

Epcot's Flower & Garden 2013 DVDJeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2013

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010,Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

Christmas at Walt Disney World: Holiday Treat 2012 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2012 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2012 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, All-New Celebrate The Magic! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Available Now – The Splendor of the Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resorts!

Jeff Lange Experiences: Walt Disney World Holiday Traditions

Jeff Lange brings you this latest DVD in a series that features one-of-a-kind Disney experiences: Walt Disney World Holiday Traditions.

Experience the splendor of the holiday season at the following Walt Disney World resorts: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bonus: Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan.

Running Time: 66 min

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All-New Release – Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Join Ron Schneider as he chronicles his journey from the early days of Disneyland to his years at EPCOT Center’s Journey Into Imagination – including a previously unreleased ride-through of the classic original attraction!

The Ron Schneider Story (2012) – Ron shares in exciting detail the creative challenges he faced in bringing EPCOT Center’s only characters to vivid life. Anyone who’s a fan of Disney theme parks – or has ever held the dream of performing for an audience of millions – will enjoy these behind-the-scenes tales, told by a talented storyteller and theme park legend.

Journey Into Imagination with Commentary by Ron Schneider (1997) Ron offers up his thoughts and remembrances while you watch this never-before-seen footage from the original Journey Into Imagination!

Journey Into Imagination (1997) Enjoy this previously unreleased 1997 ride-through of the classic Journey Into Imagination. This version features the exterior, queue and complete ride including all of your favorite original scenes with Dreamfinder and Figment!

Running Time: 70 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination Collectors Edition 2-Disc Set

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plusBONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available:Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available:Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available:Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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