This is a guest post by Mouse House Mom’s own mother, Marg. While Marg isn’t the Disney enthusiast that her daughter is, she is a huge Avatar fan. Since Marg recently returned home from Walt Disney World, she’s guest posting to share her Pandora – The World of Avatar experience with you. I hope you enjoy it.
My husband and I recently returned from a 5 day, Walt Disney World vacation with our son, his wife and their 3 kids (17, 11, and 9). This was our second trip with my grandkids in Walt Disney World and what made this vacation extremely special, was being able to experience the newly opened Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. While I booked this vacation unaware of Pandora, I certainly felt blessed that it was able to be a part of our vacation.
I’m a huge Avatar fan and in the lead up to our trip I made a special granddaughter date night to watch Avatar with my two granddaughters who were toddlers when the movie was released.
Animal Kingdom is the perfect spot for Pandora. You would think the Tree of Life at the entrance was put there years ago knowing Pandora would one day come along to compliment it.
Prepare to be truly amazed with the floating mountains, entertainment, and attractions. My personal all-time, favourite attraction was the Flight of Passage. I have never experienced such a true to life ride experience. The seat is like getting on a motorcycle, but it is soft and your legs feel the movement of the bird breathing. I have been on many 3D rides that felt realistic, but none compare to the reality of this ride. It didn’t hurt that my favourite part in the Avatar movie was where Jake Scully takes his flight of passage. In addition to Flight of Passage there is another major attraction: Na’vi River Journey. This is a slow ride and has no height restrictions, unlike 44 inch height requirement for Flight of Passage
Swotu Waya Na’vi Drum Ceremony
While walking through Pandora, we came upon a live show, the Swotu Waya Na’vi Drum Ceremony. The performers in the show got my grandkids involved in playing drums and we all learned a new song. Thanks to the advice of my daughter, we had purchased a Memory Maker and were able to take advantage of the PhotoPass photographer to capture some great shots during this experience.
Recommendations to Maximize Your Pandora Experience
Having been fortunate to experience Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom in its first month open, I recommend the following to maximize your experience:
- Book FastPass ASAP
- Bring Snacks
- Watch the Movie
More on each tip is provided below.
1. Book FastPass ASAP
Book your 1 Pandora FastPass the moment you get access and book it for early in the day. Learn from my confusion (I had to call Walt Disney World), when you book your FastPasses for Animal Kingdom, keep in mind you only get 1 Pandora FastPass (per day) for the 2 attractions available (i.e., Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey). You can use your other 2 FastPasses on some of the other amazing Animal Kingdom attractions. Don’t book another FastPass too soon because you’ll probably find it hard to leave Pandora! Although Cast Members do a good job shading the lineups it gets very hot spending up to 3 hours in line is tough for kids and adults.
2. Bring Snacks
Bring water and snacks for the lineups. It’s important in the Florida heat to stay hydrated. We found munching on snacks kept us from getting grumpy and hungry between meals.
3. Watch the Movie
Watch Avatar before going so you can fully appreciate how true to the movie Pandora is. A word to the wise, Avatar was playing every night on the TV in our Walt Disney World hotel.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Marg, the Mouse House Mom’s Mom