It’s only been a few months since Disney World’s newest expansion Pandora-The World of Avatar began wowing crowds over at Animal Kingdom and already there’s speculation as to what might be coming next to this Disney theme park. Recent rumors suggest that a Zootopia expansion might be heading into the area that currently hosts Rafiki’s Planet watch or that additional attractions may be slated for Pandora. However, another rumor currently making the rounds this week is that Disney might be considering adding another massive film-franchise to the theme park’s line-up in the years ahead.
Rumors began surfacing this week that an Indiana Jones-themed area may take over the section of the park currently called DinoLand USA. It doesn’t seem terribly outlandish when considering that Walt Disney Company’s’ acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. 5 years ago also included the Indy franchise. It’s also worth noting that the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are both wildly popular headlining attractions.
So how exactly would the Indiana Jones brand fit into Animal Kingdom? Current rumors suggest that DinoLand USA would be the ideal location to create an Indy-inspired land. There are many similarities between the ride vehicle in DINOSAUR and the current incarnations of the Indiana Jones Adventure making it seem like a pretty seamless fit.
Out of all the attractions in DinoLand the only other one that may still retain its relevance is the Boneyard outdoor play area, leading Disney insiders to suggest that this could easily be re-purposed into an archaeological dig site perfectly in keeping with the Indiana Jones theming.
However this still leaves the Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama section of the park which features both the Tricera Top Spin and the Primeval Whirl. Though this is all just conjecture at this point, Disney-goers in the know are sparking speculation that the area of the park used to house both of these rides as well as the midway games could be demolished to make way for a sizable e-ticket attraction.
The Orlando Informer has also offered that perhaps the Animal Kingdom will follow in the footsteps of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios and construct a fully-immersive Indiana Jones themed resort experience.
So if all the rumors prove to be true, when could we expect such an expansion? It’s anybody’s guess at this stage. However it should be noted that a currently untitled Indiana Jones film is slated to be released in 2020. One possible scenario is that the project could coincide with the release of the new film or that Disney may wait to see how Indiana Jones 5 appeals to the next generation of Indy audiences before they make the leap.
So what do you think about a new Indiana Jones land coming to Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments below.
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