Pandora: A Magical Land
The first time we visited this magical land, we were lucky enough to visit Pandora World of Avatar only four days after opening. Our initial look forever colored our experience, and we are now avid Pandora fans. Since the reviews, photos, and videos have spread out across our social media channels, I am placing all of our information regarding Pandora World of Avatar reviews within one place.
It’s incredible how much effort went into the building of Pandora. Pandora is breathtaking, and Disney did a wonderful job. While I’ll never be sure why they built up a non-Disney film to this extreme, there are some points in its favor. While this is the second highest-grossing film of all time, it surprisingly didn’t seem to have long-term effects on pop culture. However, the landscape melds well with the original forgotten theory of beastly kingdom and the theme fits perfectly in a park that emphasizes conservation.
Where is Pandora: World of Avatar located?
Enter the park and head to the left. Immediately before Africa, turn left down a long path. You will pass Tiffins on your right. Considering that this area used to be a fairly useless Camp Minnie-Mickey, you can appreciate how far it has come. Camp Minnie-Mickey was an afterthought placed in Animal Kingdom for opening day to increase the number of attractions.
The Camp held space to allow the Phase 2 building of the Beastly Kingdom, which never came to be. The Beastly Kingdom is a rabbit hole that we could fall down all day- but if you want proof that it was supposed to exist, look at the symbol for Animal Kingdom. There is a dragon in it to this day.
As much as I always dreamed of Disney following through on the Beastly Kingdom, The landscaping on Pandora is immersive and gorgeous. If you watch the video below, you can see a first-person point of view walking through the land. There is also a view of the park at night with bioluminescence. However, this is my very first video shot on my iPhone- so I don’t promise great art!
This video is a total cheese-fest, but we had an absolute blast.
When you venture into the heart of Pandora, there is a drum circle inspired by the Na’vi. Our family stayed to clap and hum along- it’s uplifting and well-done. If your children can tolerate loud noises and crowds, bring them here to dance. Our autistic son loves to watch them with headphones.
Na’Vi River Journey Ride
The Na’Vi River Journey Ride is absolutely breathtaking. We did a review on it, particularly including special considerations for those on vacation with autism. Overall, this is soothing and family-friendly. We really enjoyed our journey through the river. Our son continues to look forward to this calming experience year after year. This article provides everything you need to prepare your autistic child for this ride.
Flight of Passage
We have an absolute favorite attraction: the Avatar thrill ride. The Flight of Passage ride is phenomenal. I recommend everyone experience this ride. The Pandora World of Avatar Flight of Passage review is by a guest blogger (my brother-in-law) and gives details about what to expect. Flight of Passage provides an amazing sensory experience, but there are some important considerations for those with autism.
Quiet Places in Animal Kingdom
After a busy day in the hot son of Animal Kingdom, you may be looking for respite. Animal Kingdom has the most areas in the hot sun, and there are not a lot of places to “hide.” Here are the top five quiet places at the Animal Kingdom when looking for a little peace.
Dining in Pandora
Are you ready to eat? While there is only one seated table service restaurant in Pandora, Satuli Canteen, other options exist. These range from quick service to a stand to fine dining. We have Pandora World of Avatar reviews for all different types of dining.
While our children are our entire world, sometimes relaxing with a cold one is nice. Are you an adult looking to drink? We have you covered if you’re looking for something a bit more adult in this magical land. Enjoy the delectable goodies and cocktails available to buy in Avatar with our review of Pongu Pongu.
While there is no fine dining in Pandora, you still have options. There is also Nomad Lounge and Tiffin’s Lounge at the entrance to this immersive land. We’ve reviewed them extensively.
Pandora’s Bottom Line
What is your review of Pandora World of Avatar? Do you think it lives up to all the hype? Will Walt Disney World be able to keep up the impeccable landscaping?
Comment below and share your thoughts.