Dominick D

Published: March 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I visited, and all it is is an ad for Star Tours. In Japenese.
Mike Gallagher

Published: March 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

So I'm familiar with BOTH Montag and Rivers. What does that say about ME??
Gabriel Schroll

Published: March 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I don't believe Avatar is going to happen at all, so I definitely would put my money on Disney Springs being completed first.

It looks awesome, and if you've ever been to Downtown Disney lately, this is a big deal because traffic and parking are a total mess, especially on Friday and Saturday nights!

Also, I haven't been to Sea World in a long time, but I'll go just to check out Antarctica. It definitely looks innovative.

Greece? At Disneyland? Errr.....howabout no, Scott?

James Rao

Published: March 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I am excited for Disney Springs. The current incarnation of DTD leaves a lot to be desired, and the plans for the redo look great so far. The key will be the shops, restaurants, and unique attractions that flesh out the area. Can't wait to hear more about them.

I know this part of my comment is just wishful thinking, but I would love for Disney to move both One Man's Dream and Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress to the Disney Springs area. For a reasonable up charge, folks could visit these classics in a more appropriate setting, and their footprints in the parks could be used for some innovative, new attractions. Plus the up charge could be used to maintain and improve the attractions on a regular basis. Just a thought.

TH Creative

Published: March 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Gabriel Schroll writes: "I don't believe Avatar is going to happen at all ..."

I respond: You're wrong.

James Rao

Published: March 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

^I hope you're right, TH. I am not ashamed to say I think Avatar/Pandora is an amazing idea for Animal Kingdom. That expansion can't get here soon enough. I hope Disney ignores their whiny, "Never change" fans and does what it does best: create immersive and enjoyable environments that make whiny fans eat crow.
Dominick D

Published: March 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I'm still excited for Avatar. Was it the best movie? No, but I thought it was pretty good, even if the story has been used a bunch of times. Avatar just screams theme park, and Disney can do something amazing with this. I just want them to start construction SOON.

Published: March 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Disney Springs looks like the outlet mall behind my house. My eyes are hurting from the concept art. I can't imagine what the real thing will do. I really miss the glitz of PI. Hyperion Wharf looked like a step in the right direction.

Published: March 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Avatar sucks sorry. There are so many interesting fictional planets in Star Wars, Star trek and other franchises. Avatar was just a giant ILM exposition with the most basic of plots and characters. ILMs stunning 3D presentation was the only reason why avatar was such a success. Beastly kingdom was far more interesting and well suited to AK then avatar. If anything avatar belongs in DHS not AK any more than Oz or John Carter belongs in AK.
And how much will this DD Makeover cost? They didn't have money for a decent beauty and the beast attraction or for beastly kingdom but they have money for a shopping mall?
Phil B.

Published: March 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Would be nice if some elements of P.I. returned. I really had a blast every time I went there. City Walk owns DTD in this respect. In the very least, if Disney wanted to make a huge crowd pleasing splash with this announcement, they could have announced that the Adventurer's club would be making a triumphant return as part of the Disney Springs project. It always amazes me at times how Disney can be so on the money, and so off the mark all at the same time.

Count me in for one of the few looking forward to Avatar as well. The way the bar has been raised the last few years for whole themed lands being built, coupled with all of the next gen tech being incorporated into attractions on almost a daily basis, Avatar/Pandora could prove to be one of the most immersive, beautiful and fully realized lands ever to be built. Fingers crossed Disney knocks it out of the park, and gives AK a much needed raise in attendance and overall profile.