AgentExeider here and I’m back with another interesting and possibly incredible development for the Zootopia fandom to date.
“Zootopia at a Disney theme park” Sounds like the mad dream of some over excited fans doesn’t it? Well not for long if the rumors hold true. Disney insider Jim Hill has backed up the claims by telling us that Disney is planning on replacing the “Rafiki’s Planet Watch” and part of the conservation watch section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with none other than a Zootopia themed area.
Check after the break for more information including a podcast by Jim Hill Media and a Youtube video by Mikey Views talking about it more.
Edit June 25th 12:00: fixed podcast link.
Check out the recent podcast (Jump to 21:10 to start hearing the Zootopia related part).
The area of the park in question is located a fair ways away from the main center and is accessible by the “Wildlife Express Train”
The thinking is that all of this could be given the Zootopia themed flair, and that its unique location will allow visitors to be in the world of Zootopia without any other parts of the park offering distractions or otherwise breaking immersion. It’s been suggested that Disney could even renovate the Wildlife Express Train to be more in line with the “Bunnyburrow Express” train from the movie and that visitors will board and be whisked down the line out to the city of Zootopia much like in the movie, arriving at a Zootopia themed train station much like Central Station and from there into Zootopia.
Now going from the following google satellite images it seems that Disney is already starting to clear area for “something” out in this area of the park. Though we here at ZNN don’t take this as confirmation but it does present the question “What are they clearing the land for?”
Now keep in mind this information is subject to change and Disney can always change their minds even before the first girder is lain. But Jim Hill himself says with confident flair “There will be a 2-3 year lag time but Zootopia IS coming.”
What we have researched is that the “World of Pandora” has not generated the interest that Disney was expecting from it, and is likely exploring something that will bring in the attendance they are looking for. Now with Zootopia being the award winning, billion dollar winning IP that has become, it stands to reason that this might be the option they will go with to increase interest and attendance at Animal Kingdom. This combined with the “water cooler” talk of notable Disney insiders, and the idea that Disney may be exploring incorporating Zootopia into Animal Kingdom falls into the arena of credible.
We here at ZNN will keep you up to date on any news of this incredible development as we find it.