Pandora - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney CEO Bob Iger Confirms ‘Avatar’ Experience to Be a Land at Disneyland Resort

On the Morgan Stanley Technology Media and Telecom Conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a second Avatar-themed land called Pandora will be coming to the Disneyland Resort. This announcement added some clarity to the what would be coming to the Disneyland Resort from the Avatar franchise.

During the call, Iger shared that the scope of the project is bigger than some expected. It will be a land. Where this land will be was not disclosed, however. On the call, Iger said, “We have one Avatar-based land, Pandora, in Florida. We’re going to put a second one in in California [at Disneyland]. That doesn’t mean we can’t put one somewhere in Asia and somewhere in Europe, for instance.”

The presence of the Avatar franchise at the Disneyland Resort was first announced by Iger during an earnings call in 2023. He shared at the time that information would be coming at a later date. “We’re going to bring a version of Avatar to Disneyland,” Iger said quite simply. “In fact, if you look at the results when we put Pandora into Animal Kingdom from year to year they were stunning in terms of how many more people visited Animal Kingdom,” Iger said. This addition helped expand the park, add more capacity, and generate more income while also creating some incredible experiences.

Later, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock also confirmed that there was work being done toward a future Avatar addition during a DisneylandForward meeting. However, there were very little details released at this point either. At the time, Potrock shared his surprise about the announcement. He quipped, “By the way, a surprise to me. Not kidding. It’s great when you hear from your boss what you’re doing.” Several months later, the Disneyland Resort planners were still waiting to find out “what the heck we’re going to do” and where this Avatar experience will be finding a home at the Disneyland Resort.

“Our Imagineers are working with Jim Cameron and his team,” Potrock continued at the time. “We’re going to share lots more details as they become available. By the way, as I become aware of what the heck we’re going to do. But stay tuned, it’s going to be really exciting. We’re thinking bold.”

It appears that there is more clarity about this new addition to the Disneyland Resort now. While there still aren’t any concrete details known about this second Pandora, the knowledge that it will be a land and not just an attraction or experience greatly expands the scale of what is possible. With the potential new space that could be provided by the DisneylandForward project, there are plenty of possibilities for this second Avatar-themed land!

What do you think of Pandora – The World of Avatar being a land at the Disneyland Resort? Are you excited that there will be a second version of the land that originated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!