When Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom launched Pandora – The World of Avatar, we knew we needed to make a visit right down to Orlando to test it out. After watching the “making of” movies on the finish of the Avatar film, I used to be unusually excited for an individual that doesn’t spend quite a lot of time in theme parks.
Since I’m not an enormous fan of rides, I hadn’t anticipated a theme park go to this a lot since our first time on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Common Orlando. However the theming and craftmanship appeared so intensive that I had excessive expectations.
Properly, these expectations had been met and exceeded! Fingers down, we thought Avatar Flight of Passage was the most effective trip at Animal Kingdom — heck, it’s undoubtedly the most effective trip at Walt Disney World! It’s no shock this made it to the highest of the checklist for our finest rides at Disney for teenagers too! (Though we haven’t had an opportunity to go to Galaxy’s Edge but.)
Pandora – The World of Avatar
However first, let’s look inside Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom — or Avatar land or Pandora land as some may name it. Opened in Could 2017, Pandora raised the bar and expectations for all future “lands”.
While you enter Animal Kingdom and get to the central “Tree of Life”, dangle a left and observe the crowds to Pandora – The World of Avatar. You’ll first encounter the Valley of Mo’ara and might be instantly entranced by the floating islands and the eye to element given all through this part of the park.
It undoubtedly helps to have just lately seen the film in order that every part has a little bit of a well-recognized look.
You’ll want to make a beeline for Avatar Flight of Passage as a result of that’s the place the traces are the longest. However don’t fear, it’s completely well worth the wait (I did let you know it’s the finest trip in Disney World proper?)
Avatar Flight of Passage Journey Information
All the pieces about Avatar Flight of Passage is superb from begin to end. After we joined the queue (at 7:30 am earlier than the park was even formally open), we had been advised to anticipate a 1.5 to 2-hour wait. I don’t assume we stood nonetheless for longer than a minute or two the complete time and we completed the trip earlier than 9:00 am.
On a return go to, we purchased particular occasion tickets to Animal Kingdom After Darkish and we had been capable of trip Flight of Passage a number of instances in a row with zero wait — it was so well worth the ticket value! See this information for learn how to trip Avatar Flight of Passage with out the wait.
All all through the primary a part of the queue you’re busy trying left and proper taking within the elaborate environment and the floating islands of Pandora.
As soon as you progress contained in the constructing, you’re greeted by the glowing crops of Pandora as you wind your method by way of the boundaries of the road.
Quickly, you enter the lab and are launched to the scientific research of the world of Pandora. It helps to have seen the film right here as a result of it’ll make much more sense.
Once more, the extent of element is beautiful. All the pieces appears like actual scientific samples and gear — particularly right down to the Na’vi “Avatar” floating in its tank.
In case you haven’t seen the film, the premise of the trip is that you may be linked to a Na’vi Avatar, similar to what occurred within the film. So you may be mentally linked with a Na’vi, taking up their physique as your personal. As soon as linked, you’ll participate within the coming-of-age ritual of driving a banshee (a dragon-like creature.)
You’re taken into particular person rooms in teams and assigned a spot to face. You’re then “scanned” and matched with an Avatar. It’s a very cool expertise that’s just like a Kinect the place you see the define of your physique and also you see if you’re a “match.”
Subsequent, you’re shuttled into the following room to see your Avatar match and given directions about driving a banshee. When you find yourself entered the trip room, you first retailer your belongings in a cubby after which mount the trip car the identical method you’d get on a motorbike.
In truth, in some methods it’s just like driving a motorbike simulator arcade sport that leans back and forth.
You lean ahead into the trip car and put in your flight “goggles” (3D glasses.) Virtually instantly, you’re immersed on the planet of Pandora. You simply overlook that you’re on a simulator trip as a result of the world offered in entrance of you is so actual.
In your flight, you dip and lean and “fly” throughout the attractive world of Pandora. The graphics are beautiful and the trip engages practically all your senses. As you fly previous water, you are feeling the spray of the mist.
As you cease within the nighttime forest, you may scent the air round you. However essentially the most superb impact is that while you pause, you are feeling the banshee respiratory beneath of you as you are feeling the strain pushing out and in towards your legs. I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it.
As we exited the trip, all let’s imagine was “WOW!”
The one draw back was that I did get a bit of little bit of movement illness throughout a number of the flying scenes and want to shut my eyes once in a while. It wasn’t that dangerous although as a result of I nonetheless rode the trip a number of instances in a row once we did Animal Kingdom After Darkish.
You could wish to seize a meal on the Satu’li Canteen, situated simply outdoors of the Avatar Flight of Passage trip exit. I observed that they observe the same expediting course of that I noticed in Common’s Volcano Bay.
First they’ve greeters at hand you a menu and as soon as you decide, you’re directed to a cashier to position your order after which a station to choose up your meals. It wasn’t crowded in any respect once we had been there however I think about this course of is useful at lunch and dinner when it’s crowded. In addition they supply cellular ordering by way of the My Disney Expertise app.
Now we have eaten each breakfast and dinner on the Satu’li Canteen and thought each had been excellent for theme park meals. A wholesome and fascinating choice of choices with very beneficiant parts.
After fueling up, we headed out to check out the second trip in Pandora — The World of Avatar.
Na’vi River Journey
Sadly, the road on the Na’vi River Journey trip doesn’t transfer as rapidly or is sort of as entertaining as Avatar Flight of Passage. Fortunately, most of it’s shaded and often, the road isn’t as lengthy both, however it would be best to control the My Disney Expertise app to test for wait instances.
This can be a quite simple trip and appropriate for all ages, however nonetheless an incredible expertise. You’ll board a ship for a gradual and peaceable cruise by way of the Na’vi River, the place you will notice the glowing crops and creatures of the rainforest.
Then you may be entertained by the track of the animatronic Na’vi Shaman of Songs. The trip is over fairly rapidly however it’s nonetheless a lot extra immersive than different Disney rides.
Afterward I heard some individuals complaining in regards to the trip not being well worth the wait however I used to be nonetheless impressed. You could not wish to wait hours, however undoubtedly give it a strive.
Have a look for your self:
Be sure to give your self time to benefit from the different features of the Valley of Mo’ara, just like the Na’vi-built drum circle and totems that may be discovered all through the land.
And even for those who come early to beat the crowds, it would be best to discover time to return at evening to see the bioluminescent crops mild up.
Suggestions for Visiting Pandora at Animal Kingdom
- Arrive early. Even when the park opens at 8 am, you’ll wish to arrive by 7:30 am. Likelihood is, they’ll allow you to by way of the gates and you’ll be within the queue earlier than the park opens.
- Head straight to Avatar Flight of Passage — traces close to the opening could be as much as 270 minutes so it would be best to hit this primary.
- Keep at a Walt Disney World Resort — this may get you the “Additional Magic Hours” so you may have time in Pandora with fewer crowds. Though, proper now these additional magic hours are from 11pm to 1am so it might not work as effectively when you have youthful kids.
- Buy a Lightning Lane go for Flight of Passage to shorten your wait.
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Observe: We got one-day media passes to expertise the Disney Parks and facilitate this evaluate. All opinions are my very own.