How to get little kids excited for Pandora?

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by ChemMom, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. ChemMom

    ChemMom Earning My Ears

    Jun 12, 2018
    My kids are 4 & 6, so too young to watch Avatar. I'd like them to have an idea of what Pandora is before we go. Does anyone know of any books, etc that would be appropriate for them? Thank you!
  2. DisneyWishes14

    DisneyWishes14 DIS Veteran

    Nov 21, 2011
    Perhaps just show them a clip or trailer from the movie? My DS watched the scene where the warriors are paired with the banshee so he understood FoP a little better. He still has no idea what the movie is about, really, and he still enjoyed the scenery in Pandora.
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  4. stace1214

    stace1214 DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2008
    We let our son watch a couple clips of the movie on Youtube. Our daughter was too young. Even if we hadn't watched anything, they would have still be totally amazed. My kids absolutely loved looking around, especially at night.
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  5. 10CJ

    10CJ DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2015
    Show them some commercials or promo material.
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  6. NYCgrrl

    NYCgrrl DIS Veteran

    Jul 13, 2017
    At your children's ages, I'd take them to a botanical garden/arboretum or natural history museum with a rain forest setting. Perhaps borrow a book with color photographs from the library; I'm sure a librarian can point you in the right direction. An art museum with an Impressionistic collection is another possibility and Kate and the Impressionists is a great book for those ages.
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  7. GinnyBear's_mom

    GinnyBear's_mom DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2008
    If you are going to Pandora at night you can get them excited about the bioluminescent glow under the black lights. We had our kids wear a few neon and white items and they loved walking around under the special lights to make themselves glow!

    Tim Tracker is our favorite kid friendly youtuber and he has several videos posted about Pandora that you could show your kids to get them interested.
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  8. MomOTwins

    MomOTwins The Mommy Fairy

    Mar 5, 2018
    We let out kids watch segments of the movie that correspond to the rides. Like the scene where Jake flies the banshee.
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  9. jacknsally19

    jacknsally19 DIS Veteran

    Jun 12, 2013
    My 6 year old has never seen Avatar movie but absolutely loved the land. We went for the 1st to that land in January and it was the one thing she asked to do on our return trip this August. My point being - I don’t think you need to do anything to get them excited... they will love it.
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  10. MinnieMyers

    MinnieMyers Peace. Love. Disney.

    Aug 31, 2018
    YouTube videos may be a cool idea.
  11. Magical2017

    Magical2017 Mouseketeer

    Jul 2, 2016
    My kids had not watched many of the Disney movies when they were younger. Lion King and Nemo scared ODS. etc. They still enjoyed the rides! They did not watch any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies until they were much older, and they still loved the ride.
  12. ajwolfe

    ajwolfe DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2005
    My kids hadn't seen the movies aside from promos or clips on other movies before and still really enjoyed the land. They were 11 and 14 on this last trip and were all about wanting to watch the movies when they got home to figure out some of it but that lost its thunder before we got home lol.
  13. blackpearl77

    blackpearl77 DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2014
    My 7 year old son thought the boat ride was sooo boring! I liked it. When we got off he says never have to do that again! hahahahaha I was so excited to finally go to Pandora and that's what he said! I guess I talked it up too much! hahaha Maybe we should have went at night!
  14. Sarah H

    Sarah H I wanna be where the Passholders are

    Jun 13, 2018
    same here. dd was 4 in March, has never seen the movie and loved the area. We built it up as we were headed to that area of the park, saying we were going to an alien moon, and that the bridge uses special Disney magic to get us there. Pretty sure at first she was just playing along, but after NRJ, she asked the cm if we were really on an alien moon and the girl said yes! and then went on to say what its called and all sorts of stuff idr, but she made a believer out of my daughter. months later, she asks about "the alien moon" any time we talk about WDW or space.

    It is such a neat area that you could never see the movie and still find it very enjoyable and entertaining. Also check out the Night Blossom drink. DD loved it! she is not a sweet drinks person and drank almost the whole thing!
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  15. pjacobi

    pjacobi DIS Veteran

    Jan 20, 2001
    Why force them to ride Avatar? Save it for when they are older and you will have a reason to come back.

  16. MrsCobraBubbles

    MrsCobraBubbles Life's too short to wear pants all the time

    Jul 24, 2013
    We did not watch Avatar before going. My son saw it years ago (he is 15) and my 7 year old daughter had never seen it before. They both still absolutely loved Pandora. Just let the kids fall in love with the scenery and atmosphere without feeling like you have to give them some context. We did not ride FOP because the lines were still over 2-3 hours when we went, but I got us FPs for the river ride and we loved it. It was magical. Participating in the Wilderness Explorer badges passport helped my daughter be more engaged in Animal Kingdom.
  17. DisnerdShelby

    DisnerdShelby Earning My Ears

    Oct 25, 2018
    Honestly, no matter how much I showed or talked about Pandora with my 8.5 year-old, she was not at all interested in it until we actually arrived in Animal Kingdom. Then it was a whole 'nother ballgame for her! She didn't even seem excited for FOP, which we walked right on, and as soon as the ride was over, she was begging for more! It's her new favorite ride out of all the Disney parks!
  18. Brett Wyman

    Brett Wyman DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2018
    Take them at dusk / night. My 4 year old loves it then. She really loves NRJ as well.

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