Pandora and Rivers of Light construction update

Earlier today we made it out to Animal Kingdom to check out the latest progress on Pandora and Rivers of Light construction. First stop is Pandora – The World of Avatar. Possibly the most impressive part of this project that we can see so far is the scale. Here’s a look at one of the cranes being used. You can see a floating mountain in the lower right part of the third photo.

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A look at the floating mountain we first saw a couple weeks ago as well as a wide view of what guests can see.

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Here’s a look at a second floating mountain installed more recently.


Making our way towards Pizzafari we find a wall with newly placed Pandora concept art.

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Behind the wall will be Tiffins, a new signature restaurant, opening in 2016.

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Speaking of 2016, let’s take a look at Rivers of Light construction. Here’s a panorama of the whole area.

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Disney is still shooting for a Spring 2016 opening date for Rivers of Light. We can see rock work coming along on the banks of the viewing areas.

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Along the banks of the Flame Tree BBQ area we found what look to be projectors and a facade to house them.

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Here’s a look at the seating area near Expedition Everest.


As a result of all the new traffic to the area for Rivers of Light, we’re also seeing the Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks going up near the queue for Expedition Everest.

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That’s all for now! We also got evacuated off of Dinosaur and should have some pics of that in a bit.

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  1. How exciting to see all this! We will be there this coming August. Hoping to also get some glances as to what’s going on. Maybe something will be open by then????? Can’t wait! Keep moving forward 😉

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