Disney's Animal Kingdom is undergoing change.
Throughout the park, you can see construction walls and areas that are closed off from public view. That's because Animal Kingdom is in a transformation period that will make the park a true full-day park.
In January, Disney World broke ground on the new Avatar-inspired land coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The project, based on the 2009 film by director James Cameron, was announced in 2011 and is expected to open around 2017.
Pandora, as park officials call the "Avatar" land, will bring guests the experience visiting the fictional moon from the film, including walking among floating mountains with cascading waterfalls and floating down a jungle river with bioluminescent plants.
Disney said the land will also include a ride in which guests "discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee," winged creatures that played a starring role in the blockbuster movie.
The new area is expected to be housed in the area known as Camp Minnie-Mickey, which has been shut down, although no official details on the area have been released since the groundbreaking.
The "Festival of the Lion King" show will be relocating into the land of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The show was put on hiatus on Jan. 5.
Construction can be seen in the Africa section above the walls where the new auditorium will stand.
In addition to Pandora, Animal Kingdom will add a "nighttime spectacular" event that will help transition the park into a full-day park.
Disney's Animal Kingdom recently celebrated its 16th anniversary, opening on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. Since, it has maintained shorter hours than the other three parks of Walt Disney World, and is the only park of the four that doesn't extend into nighttime hours.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun