It’s hard to believe it’s been just over two years since we first heard the announcement that an Avatar styled land would soon be inhabiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom at WDW.

Surprisingly enough, I wasn’t too far off with my guess that it would open some time in 2018.  While that has now been officially announced to be opening in 2017, the tentative release dates for Cameron’s three Avatar sequels has also changed.  With one sequel per year from 2016-2018, this puts the attraction’s opening right in the middle of the films.

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s AVATAR, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch. Scheduled to open in 2017, the AVATAR-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom Theme Park Expands

Director James Cameron and Disney Imagineer Joe Rhode gave a work in progress peek to D23 Expo Japan attendees just over a week ago and we have the video from that for you below.