The website has been trying to capture the size of the Avatar construction for some time now.
It got close in last month’s far reaching update, but the pictures still don’t to it justice. In the shot above, there are regular size humans circled in red, which you can’t even really tell from the smaller image. That’s how big this show building is.
Just the size of one piece is staggering.
A few more:
It’s also kind of interesting how the rockwork is attached.
Much wider panorama: https://i2.wp.com/easywdw.com/reports13/rivers_very_wide.jpg
Much wider panorama from a slightly different angle: https://i2.wp.com/easywdw.com/reports13/rivers_very_wide_alt.jpg
I’m a big proponent of this show, but it’s hard to ignore what it’s going to end up doing to the waterfront view of Everest across the water.
Zooming in, it looks like additional seating is going in. I’ve been commenting for a few months that the seating capacity looks to be woefully inadequate.
This isn’t even half of the seating for Fantasmic over at Hollywood Studios. It’s got to be what, 25 rows and ten big sections?
This is uhhhhhhh…
Seven rows as it stands with what looks like more going in where space allows.
Mount Everest is one of Disney’s more prolific uses of forced perspective, which is a technique used throughout Walt Disney World to make things look larger than they actually are. The most commonly referenced example is Main Street USA, where the second story is much shorter than the first and the third story even shorter than that. For a while, Disney Parks Blog was in the business of spoiling literally every new effect in New Fantasyland before anyone had an opportunity to see it for themselves. This post on Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland is a good example. We all know the castle isn’t full size, but it’s still kind of shocking that it’s only 15ish feet tall.
Anyway, they would tell you that the visible lift hill on Everest ruins the forced perspective as you watch the vehicles climb the mountain every 30 seconds or so. I would tell you that very few guests notice, but the various control towers and seating for Rivers of Light will probably ruin that illusion even more. The end may otherwise justify the means.
In today’s edition of good news/bad news, the Discovery Island Trails are again closed.
You’ll run into these walls at most entrances to the various Trails. This is across from the Creature Comforts Starbucks.
That also means the “secret” path between Africa and the area around Adventurers Outpost Mickey and Minnie Meet and Greet is inaccessible.
That basically means as you exit It’s Tough To Be A Bug, your only option will be to head right.
We’ll see what that means for the netting around the Tree of Life.
You may remember Disney installed “temporary netting” shortly after piece(s) of the Tree broke off after hours.
The next year will otherwise probably be the second most exciting in Animal Kingdom’s history, behind only 1998 when the Park first opened. We’ll see what the future has in store.