Welcome to the Pandora: The World of Avatar information thread! This thread will be all about the new land within Disney's Animal Kingdom from attraction overviews, FP+ reservation info, dining option, and much more. An overview of the land Opening May 27th, 2017 Pandora: The World of Avatar is an 11-acre themed land/area based on James Cameron's Avatar film series. The original Avatar movie debuted in 2009 and is the highest grossing film of all time. The land was first announced in 2011 with construction beginning in January of 2014, with completion May 27th, 2017. The land takes place after the original movie and the upcoming sequels featuring two major attractions, dining options, floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and Disney's most advanced Audio Animatronic. Backstory of the land, ships, rides, etc. https://blogmickey.com/2017/03/offi...ries-attractions-around-pandora-world-avatar/ History of Pandora development In 2011, James Cameron and Disney teamed up to work on Avatar themed attractions for Disney parks. Originally, Avatar was discussed to go into Disney's Hollywood Studios Studio Backlot Tour. Former Disney COO, and Parks and Resorts Chairman suggested to incorporate it into Animal Kingdom. In September of 2011 the deal was officially announced. The land cost well over $500 million with construction beginning January 10, 2014 in the Camp Minnie Mickey area of Animal Kingdom. Pandora Attractions Flight of Passage- A flying virtual reality simulator attraction, where guests wear 3D glasses and learn how to ride a mountain Banshee. The ride has four separate theaters and seats in rows similar to Soarin' at Epcot. Height Requirement - 44" Fastpass+ - Yes Na'vi River Journey- A boat ride through the Kasvapan River showcasing native Pandora plant life, bioluminescence, and the Shaman animatronic, Disney's most advanced animatronic ever created. The Na'vi Shaman animatronic featured within this ride will be seated crossed legged along the riverbank of the attraction, if she were to stand she would reach a height of 10 feet. Height Requirement - None Fastpass+ - Yes Valley of Mo'ara- The valley is where your exploration of Pandora begins. It is where you walk under floating mountains, bioluminescence comes alive, and see the Pandora plant life. Walkthrough attraction ACE or Alpha Centauri Expeditions is a team of explorers, adventurers, and scientists that are bringing you to the world of Pandora. Marshall Lamm is the founder of ACE and spent time living on Pandora. VisitPandora.com Extra Magic Hours! From May 27th to July 4th, Animal Kingdom will have extra magic hours for resort hotel guests every night so guests can experience Pandora at night! Open till 1AM most nights! AP and DVC Previews Disney is allowing Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members to experience Pandora ahead of everyone else. Sign ups for the previews are now full. Disney sent out emails to most AP and DVC members to notify them of this opportunity. http://wdwnt.com/blog/2017/03/break...ual-passholder-previews-pandora-world-avatar/ Cast Member Previews! Previews for Animal Kingdom Cast Members will happen from May 2nd to May 4th. All other Walt Disney World Cast Members will be able to visit Pandora May 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. Details regarding aspects within the land Signage for the attractions within Pandora will be limited and the Navi Totem poles will tell guests what attraction they are entering and where they are going within the land. This is to offer a full immersive atmosphere as the real Pandora would not have signage like that. Merchandise within the land will only be sold in Pandora, not anywhere else within Animal Kingdom. There will be daytime and nighttime merchandise for guests. Disney branded bags and receipts will not be given out within Pandora. ACE branding will be throughout your adventure. http://wdwnt.com/blog/2017/03/new-d...rs-banshee-connect-avatar-no-disney-bags-etc/ Wilderness Explorers Guests who take part in the Wilderness Explorers attraction will find two new pages of activities in their books that are within Pandora. No details on exactly what those activities are at this time.