First Impressions of Pandora -­ The World of Avatar VIDEO at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora -­ The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is almost ready for everyone to enjoy. May 27th is Walt Disney World’s official opening date, but I was able to attend early on an Annual Pass preview day. Between the two signature attractions and the details of the land itself, Pandora -­ The World of Avatar did not disappoint. The scope and attention to detail is breathtaking – you can tell money was spent properly and creative geniuses were at work. The land begs for closer inspection. To just run through Pandora -­ The World of Avatar to just get to the attractions would be a travesty. Every curve and turn is filled with story – most of which may not be readily apparent. Continue reading for more of my Pandora -­ The World of Avatar VIDEO first impressions of the land and its signature attractions.

Na’vi River Journey at Pandora – The World of Avatar VIDEO

Glide down a gentle, mysterious river and feel a sense of wonder as the full beauty of Pandora reveals itself. Located within the Valley of Mo’ara, Na’vi River Journey offers explorers an experience that has to be seen—and heard—to be believed.

The reed boat ride is serene and beautiful with its own hidden gems. Sometimes you’ll see animals in a certain area and sometimes you won’t. Of course, the animatronic Na’vi Shaman of Songs deep in the forest is an incredible site to behold.

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Na’vi River Journey at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

The adventure comes to a conclusion as the Shaman demonstrates her deep connection to the life force of Pandora—and sends positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is an exhilarating ride – wait, I can’t call it a ride – it was an experience. You get a banshee’s-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of Pandora.  This is the pre-boarding show that matches you up with an Avatar to ride an Ikran (mountain banshee) and decontamination.

Bonding with a mountain banshee is a crucial step in the life of a Na’vi hunter—and flying on the back of one of these powerful winged creatures represents an important rite of passage.  On Avatar Flight of Passage, you’ll experience a first-person flight atop a mountain banshee over Pandora’s incredible landscape.  While I don’t have Pandora -­ The World of Avatar video for this ride, below is my quick review after the experience.

Even eating in Pandora -­ The World of Avatar is an adventure with familiar foods disguised as otherworldly…

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And if you are an Avatar fan like me – don’t go into “Windtraders,” the merchandise location. You may spend more than you had planned. Behold, my new Pandora necklace 🙂

Pandora -­ The World of Avatar

Thanks for checking out my first impressions of Pandora -­ The World of Avatar VIDEO.  As a huge fan of the movie, I’ve been incredibly excited for this new land to open ever since it was first announced.  I’m sure I’ll have more Pandora -­ The World of Avatar VIDEO after attending the grand opening media event at the end of the month.  Until then, for more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on InstagramTwitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!