Floating mountains in Animal Kingdom's Pandora

Avatar Land Coming to Disneyland Resort

Last year, Bob Iger announced that an “Avatar experience” was coming to California. Today, he clarified those remarks when he said that Disneyland would be getting its very own Avatar land.

“We have one Avatar-based land, Pandora, in Florida. We’re going to put a second one in California.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference

I love Animal Kingdom’s Pandora. My hope is that the west coast’s version doesn’t replicate what is already in Florida. Once complete, the Avatar saga will total five films. That should give Disney Imagineers plenty of source material for a unique California land.

James Cameron, director of the Avatar films, is excited about Avatar coming to Disneyland. “The films are all about connection… with the physical environment, with family. I was thrilled to talk with Bob Iger about additional opportunities for people to step into the wondrous world of Pandora.”

Foliage in Pandora in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Avatar is part of a larger expansion Disney has planned for its parks. Iger said there is plenty of room for growth. “We could actually build seven new full lands if we wanted to around the world, including the ability to increase the size of Disneyland in California — which everybody thinks is landlocked — by 50%,” Iger said. “You can look at every single location that we’ve got, and there’s land opportunity. But most importantly, we have so much IP to mine.”

Disney is currently working with Anaheim on DisneylandForward, the development plan for future Disneyland expansion. The company has $42 billion earmarked for worldwide park expansion over the next decade.

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