Guests will see Tony and Emmy-award nominated narrators, including Viola Davis, David Alan Grier and Joe Morton from “Scandal.” Harambe Nights will take place on Saturdays beginning on June 7 and going through Aug. 9. There will also be a “Harambi Night” street party with dancing characters, food and beverages. Animal Kingdom will be offering a nighttime spectacular called “Rivers of Light.” Guests will experience live music, floating lanterns, water screens and a swirling imagery of animals on Discovery River. There will also be live performers on Discovery Island around the Tree of Life as well as a nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safari. Downtown Disney A major expansion is coming to Downtown Disney. There will be more than twice as many shops and restaurants. Downtown Disney is being re-named to Disney Springs. Next year is the predicted opening date to the landing, which is the first element of the new shopping, dining and entertainment neighborhood. BIGGESTANNOUNCEMENT: Pandora Earlier this year, Disney broke land to create a new land based on James Cameron’s film, “Avatar.” Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resort, felt this would really give guests an entirely new kind of experience. “One of the things guests tell us they love the most about our parks is their ability to step into amazing worlds that otherwise only exist in our imaginations or on films,” Staggs said. According to Staggs, Pandora will be the perfect addition to Animal Kingdom. He said, “Pandora is one of the most elaborate and captivating worlds ever caught on film. It celebrates the connections between nature and living things.” Pandora will allow guests to take in all the aspects of “Avatar,” including a ride on a Banshee. “In my wildest imagination growing up, I don’t think I could have ever imagined a day when something I created would live inside a Disney theme park.
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