Disney’s Animal Kingdom just recently received its biggest upgrade in the park’s history with Pandora: The World of Avatar, but that isn’t the extent of planned upgrades. According to new rumors, Disney is looking to construct an Indiana Jones-themed land in the parks.
This planned land will replace what is currently Dinoland U.S.A., the boardwalk arcade-style land that loosely serves as the park’s kiddie corner. It also hosts Dinosaur, a thrill ride that takes guests back in time to the era of the dinosaurs. If this becomes a reality, the current Dinosaur ride will be turned into an Indiana Jones ride that currently resides in Disneyland. Both indoor attractions have the exact same track layout and ride system, so converting would prove a somewhat easy endeavor.
The Indiana Jones franchise has proven most lucrative (the films collectively have grossed over $2 billion), so it really should come as no surprise that Disney would want to capitalize on that wild success. Plus, park-goers have been itching to see something new going into that section of the park for years, as it’s handedly the least-enjoyed land out of any Disney park.
This decision is part of a new push by Disney to replace the slowly-dwindling original attractions with the far more lucrative IPs (intellectual properties). Other theme parks like Universal proved that with IPs — such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — attendance can not only skyrocket to incomprehensible numbers but can also be sustained.
Disney’s more recent push at integrating IPs into their parks included Pandora: The World of Avatar, but they also have other future projects in mind such as putting Marvel and Star Wars attractions in the parks.