A Look at Pandora World of Avatar: Considerations for Families with Autism

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 within one place.

It’s incredible how much effort went into the building of Pandora.  While I’ll never be sure why they built up a non-Disney film to this extreme, there are some points in it’s 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 places an emphasis on conservation.

Pandora is breathtaking and Disney did a wonderful job.  When you consider 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 amount of attractions.  The Camp held space to allow the Phase 2 building of the Beastly Kingdom which never came to be.  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.

The words 'Disney's Animal Kingdom' below a green Tree of Life with a lion, elephant, dragon, dinosaur, and antelope.

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.

Drum Circle

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.

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.

Check out the review of the Avatar thrill ride. The Flight of Passage ride at Disney’s Pandora, World of Avatar is phenomenal. I recommend everyone experience this ride. The review is by a guest blogger (my brother-in-law) and gives details about what to expect.  Flight of Passage provides an amazing senory experience, but there are som important considerations for those with autism.

A roundup of tips for Pandora World of Avatar from Typically Twitterpated.com over green bamboo and a blue sky

Are you an adult looking to drink?  While our children are our entire world, sometimes it’s nice to relax with a cold one.  If you’re looking for something a bit more adult in this magical land, we have you covered.  Enjoy the delectable goodies and cocktails available to buy in Avatar with our review of Pongu Pongu.

What are your favorite parts of Pandora? 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.

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I'm married to my High School sweetheart and a Disney loving mom to four children, one with autism. We have the wanderlust. I'm a total birth nerd, midwife, and special needs advocate.