This Spring, Transport Your Family To Disney’s Pandora- The World Of Avatar
Wow, just wow! This is one of the MOST amazing lands of the Disney World Theme Parks, my family has EVER visited! My family and I were invited to explore Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, more specifically, the new Pandora-The World Of Avatar.
I grabbed my 2 oldest girls, 11 and 9, and headed out for a day of exploring Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I love going to Walt Disney World and checking out all they have to offer, especially when there is something new to share with you all. I will be completely honest, I haven’t been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 9 years and A LOT has changed. More recently, Disney has added Pandora-The World Of Avatar. This new land in Animal Kingdom is barely a year old and so popular, that you must plan on using Disney FastPass+ Experience.
The older girls and I were so excited to enter Animal Kingdom, we could barely contain ourselves. Upon entering this beautifully, lush theme park, your family is immediately greeted with an amazing photo opportunity, The Tree Of Life. This tree is spectacular and has really amazing, animal carvings. My daughters and I loved looking at the tree to see how many animals we could spot! Plan on staying through the evening because you don’t want to miss “Tree Of Life Nighttime Awakening”.
An All-New Nighttime Experience
Watch in wonder when the animal spirits within the great tree awaken during a mesmerizing showcase of color and light. Read More
Watch in wonder when the animal spirits within the great tree awaken during a mesmerizing showcase of color and light.
After night falls, pay special attention to the Tree of Life at the center of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Approximately every 10 minutes, flickering fireflies magically appear and stir to life the wondrous animals spirits carved into the tree’s towering trunk—bringing to light a stunning visual swarming with vivid color and animated imagery.
Gaze upon a graceful young doe embarking upon a thrilling journey. Behold love blossoming between a pair of hummingbirds. See a spry fox spreading gifts of love among the denizens of a wintry forest. A feast for the eyes, each revelation celebrates the eternal balance and harmony that exists in all living things, big or small, and is sure to inspire and delight the entire family, big and small.
Please note: Tree of life Awakenings experiences begin after dark and occur approximately every 10 minutes until the park closes.
After gawking at the gorgeous Tree Of Life, we headed to the new and ever-so-popular Pandora. I’m not kidding you, our jaws dropped in awe of the beauty around us. Just when you think Disney can’t possibly out-do it’s amazingness, they go and do it AGAIN. Walking into The World Of Avatar, you are surrounded by foreign tree and plant life. These plants, trees, and flowers are absolutely breathtaking. The girls (and Mom) wanted to touch and take photos of each one.
I’m going to be honest again, I have NEVER seen the movie Avatar. Yup, in all of my busy Mommy time, I haven’t even seen one of the most spectacular movies made and neither have my kiddos. I tell you this for a specific reason, I was worried we wouldn’t understand or grasp the concept of Pandora because we didn’t see the film.; that definitely was not the case! My girls and I were sucked right into The World Of Avatar through the amazing scenery, rides, eats, and incredible Disney team members (who will help guide you to a memorable experience). So don’t worry a bit, if you haven’t seen the movie, you will enjoy Animal Kingdom’s Pandora equally as all of the other guests.
As suggested by a wonderful, Disney staff member, we headed to the most popular ride at Pandora, Avatar Flight Of Passage. Now, I have to leave the details up to my girls and what Disney has shared on their website because I am unable to ride simulators. This ride is a 3D simulator experience, which takes guests on flight while riding on the back of a mountain banshee above this vast moon. I asked my girls their opinions, immediately when they got off of the ride. Their responses were “epic”, “amazing and so much fun”, and “2 thumbs up”…Let’s not forget the ever popular response of “let’s ride it again”.
At this moment, let’s go back to the fast pass experience information. Pandora’s Avatar Flight of Passage can sometimes have a wait up to 180 minutes for standbys. This is a huge reason to consider using Disney World’s Fast Pass Experience, I mean why not?! Disney’s FastPass is included with regular theme park admission. Click the link on the following Disney quote to get more information.
Just link park admission to your Disney account to start using FastPass+ service. With a ticket or pass, you can make your selections up to 30 days in advance—starting at 7:00 AM Eastern Time. If you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can make your FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to check-in for the entire length of your stay.
After Avatar Flight Of Passage, we headed straight to Na’vi River Journey. This ride also accepts Disney’s Fastpass, so be sure to plan ahead (remember you can plan your Fastpass schedule 30 days ahead of time) . On your journey, you will “travel deep into a bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs”. Na’vi River Journey is a similar to “It’s A Small World”, meaning you’re in a boat and coasting along enjoying all of the beautiful creations of Disney. This is a very enjoyable, gorgeous, all ages and sizes of riders welcomed, kind of ride…Basically safe for unadventurous Momma’s like me!
Be sure to save up for some incredible Pandora memorabilia. You must head to Windtraders shop in Pandora, located next to Avatar Flight Of Passage. Windtraders is a transformed RDA structure that is nature-inspired and offers some of the many wonders of Avatar. This store has a ton of fun and uniqueness all rolled into one shopping trip. The girls immediately headed to the “adopt a Banshee” area. Wow, the girls went crazy for this interactive purchase. In this adorable little cove, you can chose the right Banshee for you. There are a bunch to chose from. Not only do you chose your Banshee friend, but you must also take an oath and short training course on “how to control” your Banshee. Disney employees are the absolute best, they encourage imaginative play and fun for all of their guests.
But wait, Windtraders has another incredibly, unique shopping experience. You can be scanned and transformed into an Avatar Action figure! Yes, you read that correctly. You and your family members can be made into a unique action figure in the ACE Avatar Maker. I think my girls were in absolute shock, as the cast member prepared them for their scan. They couldn’t believe within 45 minutes, they would have an Avatar Action figure that was configured and designed just for them! The Disney staff has outdone themselves again and really make the kids (and adults) feel completely in control of their figure designs. Talk about bringing your imagination to life!
Now, onto my favorite part of any journey, the FOOD. Get your bellies ready because there are a couple of unique treats that stood out to my foodie heart. Plan on going to Pongu Pongu, this is a grab and go, walk up drink stand inspired by the movie Avatar. Pongu Pongu means “party, party” and that is just what my tastebuds did after drinking an amazing beverage from this stand. Anything from Glowing, frozen Pandoran beverages, pineapple lumpia, beer, and bigger than your head pretzels are found at Pongu Pongu.
The unanimous, fight-over, favorite drink was the Night Blossom. This brilliantly bright, icy cold, slushy like concoction was outstanding. Popping flavors of limeade, apple, and desert pear flavors, layered on top of one another and then topped with passion fruit boba balls. I cannot say enough about this drink. If you don’t have time to sit and eat at Satu’li Canteen, then at least buy a Night Blossom for a real Pandoran experience.
To accompany our Night Blossom (nonalcohol) frozen beverage, we also purchased a Pineapple Lumpia. Disney OBVIOUSLY knows our world-wide love for Dole Whips, so how can they not offer a new pineapple obsession? Pineapple Lumpia is basically an ooey-gooey pineapple cream cheese spring roll. Yup just imagine, warm, super delicious chunks of pineapple and cool, cream cheese in every crunchy bite. This was a fabulous treat that disappeared from my hands very fast.
My mom advice for visiting Pandora is to find the baby care center. Disney has always offered great baby/child area accommodations for their guests. Ever since my girls were itty-bitty, we have always made use of the large air conditioned spaces for diaper changes, feedings, and companion restrooms. The Disney staff is always welcoming and happy to help. If you find yourself low on baby supplies, they sell some select items. And if you notice your young child needing a break from it all, there is usually a Disney movie playing inside. In addition to baby care centers, be sure to use FastPass because, honestly, I know how hard it can be to entertain your kids in a long line. The FastPass just makes Disney much more fun and allows for you to get more activities in during your adventurous day. I would say my last and final suggestion for Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Definitely grab a FastPass for this family friendly ride, it’s well worth it. The animals are out roaming in their habitats and if your lucky enough, a giraffe or even a rhino will come very close to your safari truck (or maybe the rhino will block the road and not let you through for 15 minutes, like ours did, LOL).
I truly hope ya’ll make time to visit Pandora-The World Of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This imaginative world that came to life is worth seeing. My girls and I had an amazing time and spent most of our day exploring all Pandora has to offer.