If you can’t tell by now, we’re a Disney family. Yes. I’m one of those types of people that would go to the parks before I had those tiny excuses they call “children” to go with me. Though I don’t think anyone needs an excuse. My favorite part about Disney is the way that you can enter an area of the park and you’re submersed into a completely different world. Last week we were able to preview Pandora at Animal Kingdom and we were impressed.
First things first, everyone has waited a long, long time for the completion of Pandora. Which made me nervous. The anticipation, the build up, it could have gone either way, guys. I am so relieved to say that the wait was well worth it. Here’s why.Entering into Pandora is like entering into the alien world, “The Valley of Mo’ara” they call it. The floating mountains and the landscape are flooded with detail. There are two rides in Pandora. The first is Na’vi River Journey, an all-height friendly boat tour through the magical land of Pandora. Again, detail, detail, detail. From the little animals playing on the leaves above our heads, to the petals of each flower, it was sensory overload for Kate and she LOVED every second. I kid you not, Isabella started singing Kumbaya. Ride it and you’ll see why.The second is the Flights of Passage. This ride was so high-tech it blew my mind. Pictures were not allowed so let the suspense build, it won’t let you down. The ride is a mix between Soarin’, Mission Space, Star Tours, and a mechanical bull. I rode a Banshee, guys. It felt so incredibly real. So REAL. You can feel the banshee’s rib cage expand as it catches its breath. It’s so real.
When you visit, be sure to plan a couple of extra hours just roaming around, playing on the drums, exploring the store (purchase your own shoulder-perching banshee), getting your face painted to look like an Avatar, and sipping on some boba drinks (try the Night Blossom at Pongu Pongu, it’s kid-friendly).
There’s also a large quick-serve style restaurant, The Satu’li Canteen, where they serve a lot of delicious options. Come hungry.
Have I mentioned the detail? No wonder it took so long to finish this place, I can’t begin to imagine the man power, detail, and tiny scraping tools used to carve each crevice of these floating mountains. I am so thrilled for you guys to visit. Let the hype build, my friends. It will pay off.