Avatar Land model

Update: New details have been revealed about the Pandora: The World of Avatar rides. Get the new info and see some concept art after the jump.

At the last D23 Expo in 2013, Disney didn’t have much to reveal about Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise, offering just a vague tease of props and photos from Imagineering’s research scout to Pandora.

In February we got a bit more information when Walt Disney Imagineering released a video of the filmmaker visiting the Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors. Later that year, Disney finally revealed their plans and concept art for the upcoming project, with construction begining on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida.

At D23 Expo 2015, Walt Disney Imagineering finally let fans get a close-up look at what they’re planning for Avatar Land. Hit the jump to see photos from the show floor exhibit and learn more about the upcoming theme park land.

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Ever since Disney purchased Marvel in 2009, fans have been wondering when Disneyland would introduce rides and attractions based on the Marvel superheroes. Disneyland has slowly introduced Marvel meet-and-greets into their theme parks, with a big chunk of Tomorrowland’s Innoventions serving as an area to meet the individual Avengers. Disney has announced an Iron Man ride for Hong Kong Disneyland, but when will the Anaheim theme park get its due? Find out more about the rumored Disneyland Marvel expansion after the jump.

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Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the newest maze addition to their Halloween Horror Nights lineup, based on the cult-classic horror film franchise Halloween. The terrifying Michael Myers will scare guests at this year’s Horrow Nights.

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Learn more about the Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home maze at Halloween Horror Nightsafter the jump.

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In June, we told you that The Walt Disney Company was considering a $1 billion-plus expansion of the Disneyland Resort, which would bring unknown new attractions, a new parking structure with at least 5,000 parking spots and other improvements to the Southern California-based theme parks.

The Disney Company asked the city of Anaheim for an extension on their deal to forgo a tax on theme park admission tickets for another 30 years, which was approved last month by a 3 to 2 vote by the Anaheim City Council. Following the no-tax extension, it has been revealed that Disney has purchased two large pieces of land near the Disneyland park, but what does this mean? Find out if this new Disneyland land purchase could mean new Marvel and Star Wars attractions are being planned for the resort.

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