PANDORA, the Avatar World in Animal Kingdom

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Written By Carlos Braga

In 2017 we had the opening of one of the most incredible areas at Disney so far. the area of Pandora, the world of Avatar located in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

This new area of the park is amazing and will take you straight to the planet of the Na'vi and you will experience many adventures just like in the movie.

Pandora the Avatar World is home to 2 attractions The Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na'vi River Journey are incredible.

Including Flight of Passage being the best Disney attraction so far, in my simple opinion!

In addition, this area features many amazing places for you to see and take pictures.

One very unique thing about this area is that if you visit it during the day and then return at night, you will have 2 completely different experiences.

Pandora Avatar - Departed Disney Parks
Pandora Avatar – Partiu Disney Parks

With that we recommend that you enjoy Pandora the world of avatar day and night, even if quickly.

Pandora Attractions, the World of Avatar

Like the whole area, the 2 attractions are very recent so they have high technology in their composition.

The 2 attractions have elements that will leave you surprised, let's see a little more about each of them.

Flight of Passage

There was no way I could start talking about another attraction.

Anyone who has been following the blog for a while or our social media has heard me say several times that this is my favorite Disney attraction so far.

At Flight of Passage Avatar you will fly around the planet riding a banshee, that animal from the movie that is a kind of flying dragon.

The attraction is a 3D simulator, but the immersion is incredible, you will smell the planet, you will have water flying in your face when you pass near the sea.

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attraction-flight-of-passage-avatar

All the sounds in your ear and the quality of the 3D image will really transport you to pandora and you will really feel like you are flying in this different world.

If Pandora seen at Animal Kingdom is already amazing, the view of Pandora, the avatar world during this tour is simply breathtaking.

The first time I went, I even cried with emotion heheheh.

It is a very popular attraction, but you can buy the Lighting Lane to skip the line if you don't have the patience to wait in line.

Single Rider

For those who don't know, 'Single Rider' is a line that is usually faster than the common ones, as it serves to fill the carts or empty seats at attractions.

Single Rider - Flight Of Passage - Pandora the World of Avatar
Single Rider – Flight Of Passage – Pandora the World of Avatar

For example, in a stroller that can fit 4 people, a family with 3 enters, in that seat that is left will sit the first one in the “Single Rider” line, so if you don't want to go with your group, or you're short on time this option helps a lot to optimize time and even repeat attractions.

Although not all attractions have this queue optionbut fortunately the Avatar Flight of Passage will have this option, so if you are unable to book your FastPass+ for this attraction, “Single Rider” can help you avoid longer lines.

Na?vi River Journey

The other attraction is the Na'vi River Cruise, a boat ride through the vibrantly lit Pandora Forest.

Her style is very similar to the Frozen attraction at epcot, but all obviously themed to the world of Avatar.

Navi River Journey - Pandora the World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom
Navi River Journey – Pandora the World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom

The attraction is very rich in details and it is even difficult to understand everything that happens.

And to close the attraction with a flourish, at the end of it you will see one of Disney's most amazing animatronics, a Shaman Avatar singing and playing drums that you will be in doubt if it is not real.

It is a peaceful attraction for the whole family, even the smallest.

Where to eat in Pandora, the world of Avatar

There are 2 places to eat something in Pandora and despite having very different proposals, the 2 options are incredible.

Satu'li Canteen Restaurant

The area's brand new restaurant with Na'vi-inspired food from the movie promises delicious food!

In it you can customize your dish, choosing first the type of carbohydrate, then the protein and finally the sauce that will accompany it.

If you want to get away from eating hamburger and hot dog inside the parks, you will love this restaurant.

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Pandora-Satuli-Canteen-healthy-delicious-food

Despite being a Quick Service type restaurant, expect quality and healthy food here.

Satu'li Canteen also has a variety of ready-to-eat main course options like Shrimp Bowl with Garlic and Chili Peppers, Bowl of Sliced Beef and Low Heat Grilled and even a vegetarian option like Bowl of Crispy Fried Tofu Spiced with Chili.

You can check out the restaurant's full menu at official site from Disney.

Mobile Order no Satu'li Canteen

Want to take fewer lines when ordering your food? This is an option for you!

Now you will be able to place your order from the Satu'li Canteen restaurant in the app My disney experience, when you arrive in the Pandora area, you alert them through the app to start preparing your order, and when it's ready they'll alert them, sending a notification to your cell phone, and then you can pick up your meal ready at the restaurant, without having to pick up queues!

To understand better watch the video below.

Pongu Pongu

The other food option on Pandora, the avatar world is not a restaurant.

It's a kiosk with some good snack options to satisfy your hunger during your Disney's Animal Kingdom tour.

There are 2 snacks that you can't find anywhere else at Disney and they're amazing.

Pongu Pongu menu - Pandora Avatar
Pongu Pongu menu – Pandora Avatar

If you can, we recommend that you try them out as they are quite different.

The first one is Pongu Lumpia, a pineapple spring roll with cream cheese!

The first time I ate it I was kind of skeptical that this would be good, but it's actually really yummy!

And to go with it, the other snack we recommend is the Night Blossom, a non-alcoholic drink made of lemon with apple, prickly pear and some passion fruit balls that explode when you put it in your mouth. It's very different and delicious!

Pandora Hours of Operation

The opening hours of this area of the park are exactly the same as the opening hours of the park Animal kingdom.

The area is really amazing, you will surely be impressed even if you are not fans of the movie avatar.

Shopping in Pandora, the World of Avatar

Gift Shop Windtraders

In this gift shop you will be able to find VARIOUS souvenirs of Avatar and its attractions, from shirts to personalized necklaces with the beads of your choice. Below we separate some products for you to spy on.

Windtraders on Pandora at Animal Kingdom
Windtraders on Pandora at Animal Kingdom

In the store you'll also find glow-in-the-dark products that have EVERYTHING to do with the attraction's bioluminescent nocturnal forest.Na?vi River Journey, and with all of Pandora's structure at night.

YOU CAN BECOME AN AVATAR!

In this gift shop you can go through a process called “Ace Avatar Maker” where your body is scanned by a machine that will mix your supposed DNA with Na'vi DNA creating your personalized Avatar.

The coolest thing about it is that after this step, YOUR avatar PUPPET is made!

Become an Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Become an Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This all costs US$74.99 + fees, to participate in this experience you must book your time on the day you are in the park at the gift shop, after the process is done you will have time to return and pick up your Avatar doll with your dude, isn't that too much?

Look below how cool the dolls look!

Face Painting in Pandora

Another option for shopping on Pandora, the avatar world is the Colors of Mo'ara kioeque.

At Colors of Mo'ara on Pandora you can do a Na'vi inspired face painting!

Pandora World of Avatar Colors of Moara
Pandora World of Avatar Colors of Moara

You will see several children and some adults with face painting, and it is here that in addition to shopping, you can also paint yourself for an even more immersive experience!

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What is the best time to visit Pandora, the World of Avatar?

So, as we said at the beginning of this post, Pandora has a very unique look both during the day and at night.

So much so that we recommend that you take advantage of these 2 times of the day.

But being a little more objective. The lines at Pandora's attractions are usually quite long, especially in the middle of the day.

So, if you don't buy Lightning Lane to ride the Flight of Passage, we recommend that you arrive early and head straight for that area.

However, if you arrive late at the park and don't catch its opening, we recommend that you leave the attractions closer to the park's closing time.

If you are staying at a Disney hotel, you can enter 30 minutes before the other visitors in the park, if that's your case, make pandora this morning!

Video Tour on Pandora

Naturally we've been to Pandora several times and we just love this area of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

And in our Youtube channel we've shown it a few times, if you haven't seen it yet, take a look here at our last tour there.

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