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Disney’s Pandora debuted during our last trip to Disney, May 28th through June 2nd. All resort guests are able through July 4th to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at Animal Kingdom between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am to explore the World of Avatar.
As a disclaimer these photos were taken with my husband’s point and shoot and my IPhone camera. We plan on taking our DSLR’s on another trip!
We were not able to ride the rides. The line was so long, I wasn’t sure when the people in it were going to get on the ride. Maybe sometime in July. The Flight of Passage is said to accommodate waits up to 5 hours, but the line was extending through the world of Pandora. No ride is worth waiting that long! So, we decided to wait until we have Fastpasses and ride the rides on our next trip to Disney.
I remember seeing the movie in theaters a decade ago and being amazed. I usually get sick in 3-D movies and typically try to avoid them. But, Avatar was made so well and with a higher frame rate then had been used previously, that it was easy to watch. I remember feeling as if I was in the movie.
So, walking into Pandora felt that way again. The Disney Imagineers really went above and beyond with this one! The plant life, the “floating mountains” (although they create the effect, they aren’t really floating, sorry) and the immersion into another planet will take your breath away!
I’ve seen many videos and pictures during the day, but I highly recommend visiting Pandora at night. The plant life takes on a new life and everything is black lit, so even you will glow!
As you leave the main part of Animal Kingdom, you’ll see glowing trees alerting you to the fact that you are heading to a different world.
The world is relatively small, but you feel like you’ve left the Animal Kingdom and Earth behind when you enter Pandora. There are two main attractions, the Na’vi River Journey and The Flight of Passage.
But, you could easily enjoy yourself just wandering through the land and looking in every nook and cranny. The plant life literally comes alive!
If you plan on taking advantage of the Extra Magic Hours, I highly recommend enjoying one of the parks in the morning, going back to your hotel for a nap and then heading back to Animal Kingdom close to 11:00 pm. We had lounged in the morning then gone to AK around 4 and spent several hours there before heading to Pandora. By the time it was 11 and we were in Pandora, I was already exhausted and didn’t feel I was fully able enjoy it!
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