Walt Disney World’s newest park, Pandora: The World of Avatar has debuted at Disney's Animal Kingdom, occupying 12 acres just across a bridge from Tiffins restaurant, at the edge of Africa. The new section, which opened on Saturday, May 27, was dedicated by Disney chairman Bob Iger and the creator of Avatar, James Cameron, on Wednesday, May 24, along with almost the entire cast the film. The park has two new rides, new restaurants, and spectacular special effects that make the world come alive at night.
But as big an event as Pandora is, it’s not all that’s underway at Walt Disney World. Two large sections of Disney's Hollywood Studios are under construction for lands devoted to Toy Story and Star Wars. The Magic Kingdom also recently introduced a new fireworks spectacular "Happily Ever After," following the April premiere of the long-awaited "Rivers of Light" at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; another new, special show devoted to the music of Pixar films has opened in Hollywood Studios. It's been a busy couple of months at World Disney World.—Doug Stallings