A new Walt Disney World water permit may give a little peek at the layout of one of the new attractions coming to the Avatar expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The permit, filed with the South Florida Water Management District, is seeking the approval for a ride to discharge water to a stormwater pond just west of the ongoing construction site of the Avatar area in Animal Kingdom. But a map included with the documents provides a small map of the ride area that may be the future Na’vi River Journey planned to open with Pandora — The World of Avatar inbuilding
In a November 2015 blog post, Disney Parks Blog describes Na’vi River Journey as an adventure where “guests set out in canoes and venture down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest. The full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as the canoes pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music.”
The water permit documents say it is for a ride that is an “indoor water system,” which would fit with the renderings of the river boat ride that seem to give the impression it is inside a larger building.
The Avatar expansion is one of many new projects Disney has underway to revamp its offerings and grow the presence of popular intellectual property at the theme parks. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will undergo a major overhaul to add more Star Wars and Toy Story elements, and Epcot is getting a bigger presence from the hit film, Frozen.
New additions and expansions to theme parks help Orlando attract more than 62 million visitors annually who, in turn, create an annual economic impact of about $60 billion from hotel nights, food and other services used during their stay here.