Pandora is the latest theme park addition at Walt Disney World and it’s encouraging lots of Disney guests to flock to the Animal Kingdom for Avatar-themed rides, food and merchandise. It’s the biggest change to the park in years and the new area took over 3 years to build. Pandora feels like the future of theme parks, with never before seen technology and the uttermost attention to detail in creating an immersive theme park experience. With the next 2 Avatar movies getting released in 2020 and 2021, there couldn’t be a better time to have Avatar at Walt Disney World and the huge queues at Avatar’s attractions (sometimes up to 4 hours) are proof of how much of a success the theme park area has been so far. I got to visit Pandora in July and although it was insanely busy, I was able to experience all of what Pandora has to offer. Today I’m going to be sharing my ‘Ultimate guide to Pandora’, which should hopefully provide future visitors with tips and information about visiting the absolutely amazing World of Avatar.
There are 2 attractions in Pandora: Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. Flight of Passage always gets longer queues than Na’vi because it’s an intense, simulation ride that makes you feel like you’re an Avatar living in Pandora. Na’vi is a calm boat ride, that showcases Pandora’s indigenous people, their culture and their wonderful planet.
If you can get FastPasses for either of these rides, don’t hesitate in booking them straightaway. However if you don’t and you’re a Walt Disney World hotel guest, head to Animal Kingdom on an extra magic hours day and arrive half an hour before the extra magic hours time slot. This will get you to the front of the queue at the entrance and you’ll be in prime position for making a dash for Pandora. Once the Cast Members start letting you into the park, be prepared to walk quickly, as the more people you can get ahead of before you reach Pandora, the less of a queue you’ll have when you get to the rides. Once you get to the entrance of Pandora, Cast Members will hold you back and stop you “fast walking” (running) and gradually form queues for both rides. We didn’t get FastPasses for Pandora in July, but following these steps meant that we were able to walk onto both of the rides without any queues!
When to visit
To avoid the queues for the rides, head to Pandora first thing in the morning. However, you don’t get to see the area all lit up in the morning, so you’ll need to make another trip there in the evening to see it when the flowers, waterfall and surroundings all start to glow.
Pandora is by far the most exciting land that Disney have produced in a long time. The 3 years of construction has been to totally worth it and guests throughout Walt Disney World have nothing but praise for the new developments.