***Official*** Pandora: The World of Avatar Information Thread

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  1. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    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.
     
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  2. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    Fastpass+ Information Bookings Now Available!

    Both Pandora attractions listed below will have FP+. You will not be able to reserve both Fastpasses at one time however. Animal Kingdom will have a tiering system where both Pandora attraction are in tier one and you can only choose one of them. Everything else at Animal Kingdom will be in tier two.

    Flight of Passage

    Na'vi River Journey

    "Guests wanting to select FastPass+ for Pandora – The World of Avatar will have to choose between either the Na’vi River Journey or Flight of Passage for their initial selections. The attractions will be split to prevent guests from securing both with their initial selections. As with any current FastPass+ reservations, after their initial selections have been redeemed, guests will be able to select new attractions, one at a time.

    FastPass+ reservations for Pandora – The World of Avatar will open tomorrow, March 24th for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel."

    http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions...ailable-for-pandora---the-world-of-avatar.htm

    https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/b...ests-special-extra-magic-hours-to-be-offered/


    Link to Fastpass+ FAQ
    https://www.disboards.com/threads/fastpass-frequently-asked-questions.3491680/

    Throwaway room info
    https://www.disboards.com/threads/throwaway-room-update.3539209/
     
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    Dining

    Satu'li Canteen - Indulge in the art and culture of the Na'vi while dining inside a former RDA mess hall. Owned and operated by ACE, the Canteen supplies travelers all the comforts of home. Features international inspired cuisine, vegetarian options, and specialty libations.

    First Look at Menu for Satu’li Canteen in Pandora—The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Full menu and pricing!
    http://blogmickey.com/2017/03/full-menu-pricing-satuli-canteen-pandora-world-avatar/

    Disney Dining Plan is accepted at Satu’li Canteen but, at this time, Mobile Order only accepts credit cards.

    Mobile Ordering!
    http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/satu...ok-at-pandoras-food-in-the-satuli-canteen.htm

    Pongu Pongu - A popular drink stand run by an expat who loves Pandora. Pongu Pongu means Party Party in the Na'vi language. Features bioluminescent frozen cocktails, indigenous beers, and sweet snacks.

    Quick Service

    Some Dining Plans accepted

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    A Look at Specialty Beverages Exclusive to Pandora—The World of Avatar

    Tiffins - A signature dining restaurant serving lunch and dinner just outside the entrance to Pandora. It features international inspired cuisine from African, Asian, and Latin cultures.

    Table Service

    Some Dining Plans accepted

    Nomad Lounge - Stop off at this refreshing oasis to discover specialty cocktails and enticing appetizers from all across the globe. Where the globetrotting adventures of the Imagineers and animal experts who developed and built Disney’s Animal Kingdom park are celebrated, Nomad Lounge invites all to stake a claim in their own wanderlust over mouth-watering small plates and a large selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks.

    Dining Plans Not Accepted
     
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    Shopping

    Windtraders - A transformed RDA structure where you'll find nature inspired items. Discover exotic merchandise and souvenirs celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of Pandora.

    Art, collectibles, apparel, accessories, toys, plush, Magicbands, pins, and vinylmation.

    Colors of Mo'ara - Venture east to the valley to be painted in designs inspired by the Na'vi. Run by local experts, as wild and eclectic as the creatures they paint.
     
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    Merchandise

    Avatar or Pandora products will only be sold within the land and not outside in other shops within Animal Kingdom. There will be daytime and nighttime merchandise. Disney branded receipts and bags will not be given out within Pandora, ACE branding will take over.

    Avatar Me, is a station within the store giving guests a similar experience to when Disney offered guests to become a stormtrooper or Jedi.

    Banshee Connect will allow guests to be matched with a plush version of the banshee which guests can then take with them

    Na'vi translator

    https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/b...es-with-first-look-at-navi-translator-device/

    Collectible Pandora Pins
    https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/b...ra-the-world-of-avatar-with-collectible-pins/

    Pandora Map


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    Photos

    Aerial photos of Pandora 4/11/17
    http://mickeyxtreme.net/blog/looks-ready-to-me-pandora-world-of-avatar-new-aerials
     
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    Great job as always. Thanks rteetz.
     
  10. cigar95

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    Maybe in the dining section we include reference to Tiffins for those looking for a sitdown experience? It's not actually *in* Pandora, but apparently the views will be nice, and it is just across the river. Plus, we know it was built with Pandora in mind.


    (How long until the nay-sayers invade this thread as well?)
     
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    Great job finding the map - that's the first one I've seen with that much detail.

    Hard to tell where the entrance is for 'Flight', unless it's coincident with the exit. (The latter, surprisingly, leads to the gift shop!)

    Looks like four separate banks of banshees, which I see was described as "Soarin ride" :magnify:. Hope that helps with capacity.
     
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    Spaceguy55 Hi Ho..Hi Ho.....

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    Just watched the movie yesterday,wasn't going to matter anyway since I think it's a great fit, but I see now why it makes sense.
    I remember when AK first opened and the Safari had a similar theme with the poachers...
     
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    It does look like another entrance near Lion King will happen
     
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    Thanks, Ryan/@rteetz, for consolidating all the info into this *official* thread! :thumbsup2 As the DIS' Pandora expert, you did an amazing job!!
     
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    So when do you think they will start a 'soft opening' to get in practice for the official opening?
     
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    @cigar95 has info and Pandora trial runs may begin as early as next month for AP and DVC guests.
     
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  17. KalamityJane

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    So it's a definite yes on FPs for the rides? I must have missed something. What's the new news?
     
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    There will be FPs but no one knows when they'll be available in the FP system.

    Over on the FP subforum, there's been discussion and speculation regarding if FPs become available at 30 days out so that AP, onsite, and offsite guests have the same opportunity to book FPs.

    FEA FPs did open 30 days out and the system didn't crash as it did with 7DMT.
     
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    Thanks! I will be on the lookout then. We are there on the 29-31, and I know we will absolutely need FPs.
     
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    Thanks rteetz for confirming in the "where is Pandora" thread there will be an actual "pedestrian tunnel" under the road for the "Pandora to Harambe Theater District Walkway".

    That is going to be so cool!

    Do you think Disney will "theme" the walkway to Pandora theme or to Harambe theme or do you think there will be a gradual change in theme?

    I was thinking how cool it would be for the Pandora bioluminescence to be used in the Tunnel!Thanks.:)
     
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    how will AP be able to view this early? Is it random as you are walking around AK and they ask if you are an AP and take you?? Or do they send an email invite kind of thing? (as based on previous new ride previews)
     

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