Pandora – The World of Avatar Debuts at D23

There are two types of people in this world. Those who are looking forward to the new Avatar themed land coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017, and those who would rather see the whole park burn to the ground before they see seven-foot tall blue aliens walking about. If you fall into the latter category you can stop reading now or continue and possibly become a little more optimistic on this incredible new land.

D23 this year marks the first time the land has been officially titled. Pandora – The World of Avatar has floated around for a while but now it is 100% confirmed. This is also the first time we've been able to see a full model of the land. Complete with floating mountains. As you can see in the photos above, the land will be lush with greenery. So much so that it's hard to see what exactly is under all that foliage in the model. The floating mountains look absolutely massive and should really help you feel like you are on another planet.

What we do know is the name of the e-ticket attraction going into the space. Avatar: Flight of Passage is the Banshee flying ride that will let guests soar over Pandora. A family friendly cruise through the bioluminescent forests of the planet will also be a highlight of the land. 

Because of Pandora, the rest of Animal Kingdom is getting some upgrades to help make it an all-day park. There are new details on the Rivers of Light nighttime show. More specifically that there will be live performers in the show. They could be taking a queue from Tokyo DisneySea's water parades. The Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris are still going forward so it appears that tests studying the nighttime shows affects on the animals have proven positive. There will also be two new species added to the safari. African wild dogs and hyenas.