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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Feb. 12, 2017

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

This week was a huge as far as announcements, with new updates shared on Pandora – The World of Avatar, Star Wars-themed lands, plus new entertainment coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars-Themed Land

George Savvas shared the thrilling news that our Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open in 2019. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the official announcement this week during The Walt Disney Company Q1 FY17 Earnings call. (Read more details in George’s original post).

Also during that call, it was announced that Pandora – The World of Avatar will opens its doors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom May 27, 2017. But that wasn’t the only exciting announcement for the park this week – the new nighttime show “Rivers of Light” will debut even sooner, with the opening date set for February 17!

'Happily Ever After' Coming to Magic Kingdom Park May 12

As far as major announcements, Magic Kingdom Park wasn’t left out of the fun. We shared this week that “Happily Ever After,” a fireworks spectacular that will feature the latest in pyrotechnics, original animation, state-of-the-art projection mapping technology and a brand-new score. “Happily Ever After” will begin at the park on May 12, 2017.

Here are some other stories we worked on this week.


  • I’m so excited for the Star Wars land at Disneyland. 🙂

  • Great news!!!! We will be at WDW AKL 5/7-5/14. Looking forward to Rivers of Light and hope they do a soft opening for Pandora. 83 days left but who is counting.

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