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Video shows work beginning on Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Now that Camp Mickey Minnie is closed for good and Festival of the Lion King is on hiatus while it moves to a new location, official construction has begin for the new Avatar Land going in at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Since its 1998 opening, the park has often been pegged as a "half day" park. Indeed, it has the shortest opening hours. Guests who want night time fun have to head over the the Magic Kingdom for fireworks, to Disney's Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic, or Epcot for Illuminations.

As you'll see in the video accompanying this article, the Avatar addition will change all that. Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs says that the park will be transformed into an all-day experience that will include a new night time show.

The park will also stay close to its animal-based roots. In addition to the nightly entertainment spectacular, the park's popular Kilimanjaro safari ride will have an after-dark version.

You'll have a while to wait if you're excited about the prospect of stepping into the world of Avatar. The new land is expected to open in 2017.

In the meantime, if you what to know what's coming up at the Central Florida parks this year, use these links:

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