Walt Disney Imagineering Files Notice of Commencements for Animal Kingdom Expansion


Walt Disney Imagineering has officially filed Notice of Commencements for the upcoming Tropical Americas expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, marking the beginning of a significant development. The recently filed documentation details preparations for setting up trailers at a new Imagineering project compound located at the park’s rear, facilitated by Modular Building Systems International. This operational setup is typical of Disney’s large-scale expansions, similar to what was seen in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland and Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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While the permits do not specify the exact use of these trailers, they are almost certainly linked to the previously announced “Blue Sky” projects involving Indiana Jones and Encanto in the redevelopment of DinoLand U.S.A. Last year, Disney announced plans to nearly double its capital expenditures in the Parks, Experiences, and Products segment to about $60 billion over the next decade. In September 2023, it was revealed that new experiences inspired by the Academy Award-winning film “Encanto” and the iconic adventurer Indiana Jones would transform DinoLand U.S.A. into a land themed around the tropical Americas.

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The Dinosaur ride will be replaced by an Indiana Jones adventure, and Dino-Rama will be revamped into an Encanto-themed attraction, enhancing the immersive experience. Further enriching Animal Kingdom’s offerings, a new show based on “Zootopia” is also under development for the Tree of Life theater. This experience will take guests through the diverse ecosystems featured in the film, accompanied by characters such as Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. Set to replace the existing “It’s Tough to Be a Bug,” the exact closure dates for the current show have not yet been announced.

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