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Windtraders Treats Guests to an Immersive Shopping Experience at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Nestled under a thatched roof and covered in Na’vi totems, Windtraders is a one-of-a-kind retail shop located in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This merchandise destination contains more than 200 uniquely developed products that will immerse guests in their in-park experience like never before and connect them to this exotic new land. I recently caught up with Chris Edward, Area Manager for Merchandise Presentation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to get the inside scoop about this exciting new location. “[Windtraders] is located in an abandoned building…
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A Walk Through Culinary Story at Pandora—The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Pandora — The World of Avatar is a new story that’s easiest to tell with photos from Disney’s talented team of photographers. From healthful create-your-own bowls and bao bun “pods” at Satu’li Canteen to a crisp, warm lumpia and frozen specialty beverages such as the Night Blossom at adjacent Pongu Pongu, the food and beverages are creative and fun. And the beautiful architecture in the restaurant takes you to a planet far away. Enjoy this gallery that tells the story in pictures….
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Pandora – The World of Avatar Marks A Historic Opening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Today the highly anticipated land, Pandora – The World of Avatar, officially opens to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The largest addition in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar transports guests to the moon of Pandora, where they can explore floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests. They can also enjoy unforgettable experiences, like sailing down a mystical river to encounter a Na’vi shaman at Na’vi River Journey, or experiencing what it’s like to soar over Pandora on the back of a mountain banshee at Avatar…
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Disney Parks Blog Readers Share Their Most Thrilling Moments from Pandora

Earlier this month, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers got chosen for a first look at Pandora – The World of Avatar, the amazing new land that will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in just a few days. The land – and the experiences in it – were inspired by filmmaker James Cameron’s AVATAR, and will allow guests to visit the Valley of Mo’ara, where they can wonder at the beauty of floating mountains. Deeper into their journey they can experience what it’s like riding on the back of a banshee,…
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Disney Dedicates Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As you may have seen during our #DisneyParksLIVE coverage, Disney’s Animal Kingdom hosted a special dedication ceremony for Pandora – The World of Avatar to celebrate this new spectacular world opening to the public on May 27. At today’s ceremony, held under the magnificent floating mountains of Pandora – The World of Avatar, drummers performed traditional Pandoran rhythms and colorfully-dressed performers led a procession full of pageantry and artful banners to celebrate the occasion. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined by AVATAR Creator/Director James (Jim) Cameron and members…
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#DisneyParksLIVE: Pandora – The World of Avatar Dedication | Walt Disney World

Pandora – The World of Avatar will officially open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27, but today, celebrities and VIPs are gathering to celebrate a very special dedication moment for this new park expansion. The live stream of the dedication will begin at 8:10 a.m. ET in the video display above. Be sure to tune in as we give you a front-row look at the festivities, and maybe a few surprises as well. To join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #VisitPandora. In the meantime, tell us where…
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Celebrate Summer at D-Living in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Summer has arrived early at D-Living in Town Center at Disney Springs. This dynamic home décor store for Disney fans and kids of every age recently introduced an outdoor summer theme. I caught up with Patrick Scanlan, Manager of Product Design and Development for Disney Parks Merchandise, to get the inside scoop about what guests will find during their next visit. “[D-Living] is celebrating the summer with a bright new theme,” explained Patrick. “The shop features a mix of home décor products from Disney Parks and beyond, vibrant summer colors,…
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11 Things All Adult Disney Fans Know to Be True

Let’s face it: being an adult Disney fan is something that not all people understand. Your obsession with going to Disney Parks, your ability to quote Disney movies at the drop of a hat, your endless supply of Disney clothing and merchandise—it’s not something everyone “gets.” But for those of us in the know, the Disney magic doesn’t need to stop when you hit a certain age. Here are 11 things all adult Disney fans know to be true: 1) You’re never too old to love Disney. Let’s cover this…
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Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally Coming to Disney Springs

A fun dining event is “rolling” into Disney Springs June 2 and 3! Springs Street Eats will highlight eight food trucks – featuring some Central Florida favorites, including the Fantasy Fare and World Showcase of Flavors usually found in Exposition Park! You’ll find the trucks in the West Side neighborhood outside of Cirque du Soleil Friday, June 2 from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from noon until 11 p.m. With live entertainment, this food truck rally is sure to be a tasty event that’s fun for the…
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Moms Panel Monday: The Tween Zone

The Tween Zone, not to be confused with The Twilight Zone, but often very similar, is a place where many families find themselves. Their children are too old for elementary play, but not old enough for actual teen activities. So how in the world can one plan an acceptable tween trip to Walt Disney World Resort? We went to the specialists to get their opinions and suggestions on how to map out an outstanding Disney vacation in the “Tween Zone.” To start things off on the right foot, Disney Parks…
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A Look Inside Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge with Imagineer Mitch Miorelli

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, is scheduled to open at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge on July 17 (not offered in all states). This rustically elegant vacation getaway, which is currently under construction, will offer a variety of accommodation types all themed to the Pacific Northwest, using natural elements and traditional building materials from this region. Charming details throughout the Resort also pay homage to the Transcontinental Railroad and Walt Disney’s love of trains. Take a look inside this new Resort and hear about its design…
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Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America Attractions Return to Disneyland Park this Summer with New Magic

When the iconic Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America attractions return to Disneyland park this summer, guests will discover new magic aboard these classic experiences. As we first shared last year, and seen in the artist’s rendering below (courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering), the gorgeous new north bank of the Rivers of America will feature a beautiful new waterfront and an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel. The Rivers of America will continue to celebrate the Mississippi, Columbia, Missouri and Rio Grande rivers, enhanced now…
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Young Trainees Meet Marvel’s Mightiest at Marvel Super Hero Academy aboard the Disney Fantasy

Yesterday I gave you a first look at some the new spaces that debuted on the Disney Fantasy this week, including Star Wars: Command Post, Sweet on You and Tiffany & Co. Now, here’s a first look at the fun taking place in the all-new Marvel Super Hero Academy. For the first time on our ships, children can learn the ways of the mystic arts with Doctor Strange and open portals to different locales around the Marvel Universe. Young trainees can also come face-to-face with the mighty Thor to discover…
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Disney Vacation Club Member Memories, Insights Spark New Social Platforms

Whether sharing vacation memories on Instagram or vacation tips on Facebook, Disney Vacation Club Members’ inspiring and insightful social-media content has sparked the creation of two new outlets created with members in mind. The new Disney Vacation Club Instagram page curates and shares a wide range of member- and fan-created Instagram posts using #DVCMember, along with a sprinkling of Disney Vacation Club images and posts. Also new is a Disney Vacation Club forum that leverages the increasingly popular platform of Facebook Groups. People far younger and cooler than me know…
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Shanghai Disneyland Welcomes 10 Million Guests in Its First Eleven Months

We have some really exciting news out of Shanghai Disney Resort tonight. As part of its celebration of China’s National Tourism Day, the resort announced that Shanghai Disneyland recently welcomed its 10 millionth guest – and in just 11 months! That makes Shanghai Disneyland the most popular theme park opening ever in China. “We’re thrilled to see millions of people from across China embrace Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Their reaction has been everything we’d hoped for and, thanks to their…
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