When Avatar debuted in theaters in December 2009 it was adored by critics and movie goers alike. Avatar was an original idea, nothing like this had ever been achieved before. The idea of a world where tall blue aliens, Na’vi, lived was astonishing in and of itself. However, the idea of humans being able to travel to this world simply by lying down in a machine, link unit, and closing their eyes was even more astounding. Pandora – The World of Avatar opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27, 2017. Guests can now enjoy the sights and smells of Pandora and even the cuisine of the Na’vi.
The details Disney Imagineers placed upon every area of Pandora are outstanding. Bright colors and neon lights welcome guests to Pandora when they first arrive. There is even Pandora shrubbery and sounds (produced by the performers of the Swotu Waya Na’vi Drum Ceremony) located all throughout the world of Pandora. In addition, guests can find creatures such as baby banshees flying all around Pandora (well, maybe it is actually on the shoulder of other park guests).
These baby banshees, which are sadly not real, can be purchased at Windtraders. By visiting Windtraders guests can adopt a banshee of their very own! This is a really exciting activity that is fun for Pandora visitors of all ages. After adopting a banshee, a guest will wish that they could ride on a banshee, and they’re in luck! In the thrilling three-dimensional ride called Avatar Flight of Passage, guests can soar above the world of Pandora on top of their very own banshee. This is a fast-paced ride in which guests can feel what it is like to ride on top of a banshee and enjoy the sights and smells that Pandora has to offer. After experiencing this attraction, Pandora visitors will be begging for even more sights of Pandora. Luckily there is another ride to answer their this passion.
In Na’vi River Journey, Pandora guests can embark on a relaxing journey to find the Shaman of Songs. While on this journey, guests can enjoy the the bioluminescence that makes Pandora so uniquely beautiful. Be sure to keep an eye out for some interesting Pandora creatures on this attraction!
After all these journeys to discover what the world of Pandora is like guests are sure to want some refreshments. Luckily, there are a variety of cuisine options to satisfy a journeyer’s appetite. If it is a beverage you need, Pongu Pongu is just the place! At Pongu Pongu guests can purchase a colorful beverage called the Night Blossom. This one is a guest favorite, composed of limeade, apple and pear flavors and includes bursting passion fruit boba balls atop. This quick service stand also offers alcoholic beverages as well as Pongu Lumpia, a pineapple cream cheese spring roll.
However, if you have a larger appetite Satu’li Canteen offers full meals that can be accompanied with delicious dessert. There is a wide selection of outstanding food options offered at this quick service restaurant. The meals offered at this restaurant provide guests with a delicious take on what it is like to eat like a Na’vi. Here, guests may opt for cheeseburger pods, or try a bowl that can be created with a variety of meats, sides, and sauces.
After a long day exploring the world of Pandora guests will leave anticipating the next time they will travel to Pandora. If you haven’t already, be sure to book your vacation to the majestic world of Pandora so you can be astonished by the culture of the Na’vi and the details of the latest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.