Tropical Americas Land Replacing DinoLand USA Featuring Encanto & Indiana Jones at Animal Kingdom

    Disney World has announced that a Tropical Americas land to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new Tropical Americas land will feature Encanto and Indiana Jones. Here’s the announcement:

    At Destination D23 2023, it was announced that Walt Disney Imagineering is planning to reimagine Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park into a new land inspired by a region sometimes referred to as “tropical Americas.” As part of their research, Imagineers are looking at some of the most biodiverse areas on the planet in the regions just north and south of the equator in the Western Hemisphere – the northern part of South America, stretching up into Central America. New experiences inspired by “Encanto” – the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios film – and the fan-favorite adventurer Indiana Jones are being considered for the reimagined land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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    1. I am excited about the new rides but animal Kingdom was opened with an extinct animal land which my 4yr grandson has been waiting to see. Kids his age love dinosaurs and he can name them all by sight. I personally still feel the sting of not having a mythical animal land even though I love Pandora. I just feel so bad for my grandson because dinosaur was always there in his short memory of what we told him it will like when we all get to WDW and the thing that he was most looking forward to. Did dinosaurs suddenly go out of style?! I think Disney should remember the kids and put their IP in some of that land they have bought up and leave favorites alone even if they don’t contain the next “big thing”.

      • It’s more multicultural pandering. Years ago we enjoyed watching the skeleton of Sue the T-Rex being worked on at Animal Kingdom!

        • “Pandering” *eyeroll*

          Disney has always been about INCLUSIVITY, PROPER representation, education, and entertainment. The first two are what makes all of it work and why they’ve been the best for decades.

          I don’t think it’ll survive as a business if it did what most…”people”…want and that’s more likely a white-washed Disney corporation that never learned from their mistakes of the past (racist cartoons…remember?), excluded all cultures (then what the hell would Epcot be?), which would then, in turn, exclude representation, etc. Their business is tied to tolerance, inclusivity, open-mindedness, progression, and innovation.

          So, the inclusion of “Tropical Americas”, which let’s face it, we all know is Latin America, and I’m all for it as that isn’t in Epcot as a pavilion and only a meet and greet with Mirabel in MK, is a very welcomed one. Every time I go to Animal Kingdom, Dino Land USA is always less crowded than the rest of the park and it’s been like that for a while. Only Meet and Greets bring people to Dino Land when Donald, Chip, and Dale come out. When they’re not, people would scatter elsewhere. It’s sad but speaks to people’s losing interest in Dino Land, and the volume is loud. The Bone Yard is the only place that sees a bit more action.

          Also, when you look at the Disney My Experience app, like RIGHT NOW…well TriceraTop Spin is down, but if it wasn’t, it’ll be a 5 min. wait only just like every day I check around the height, the peak of the day for crowds (1PM). Pandora is getting all of the attention as is Kahli River Rapids. Dino Land isn’t cutting it anymore; there’s no shade in AK where the abundance of plants and trees (confirmed by Disney) add 10 degrees of humidity to whatever it is that day. So if it’s 90 with a real feel of 105, add 10 more degrees. Simple science really.

          I’m looking forward to the new additions; rides, food, merch. It’s a very exciting time.

    2. I assume that the Triceratops Spin is to the left of the land’s entrance and the Temple facade is in front of the Dinosaur show building? Is that correct? Is the building to the right of the land’s entrance new or existing?

      • Triceratops Spin will probably be replaced by the carousel-like building at the bottom center of the image.

        The Temple facade is what would replace Dinosaur. To the immediate right of it, you can see the arched queue covering that Dinosaur currently uses.

        The plaza building at the bottom right is the current site of Restaurantosaurus.

    3. New attractions are fine; but WDW has lost it’s heart and soul of their parks. What does Encanto or Indiana Jones have to do with animals? They say nothing of bring “Tropical Americas” animal exhibits in. Sad, very sad.

    4. So… taking bets now: it’ll just retheme the existing rides, add nothing new besides a meet and greet in the Encanto house with the barest amount of “magic,” shove in an overabundance of retail, and take 10 years to build… which will cause them to chop anything interesting out of the budget.

      The only actual new thing is converting Tough to Be a Bug into Zootopia, which is just another reskin.

      They’re so cheap and creatively bankrupt at this point, it sucks watching it all decline into Six Flags crap.

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