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Pandora - The World of AVATAR

The record-breaking, box-office hit film Avatar has come to life soon inside Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. Pandora - The World of Avatar is a creative collaboration of Walt Disney Imagineering, James Cameron, and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

This new land welcomes guests to the lush world of Pandora long after the human conflict with the Na’vi has ended. The vivid daytime beauty of the land transforms to glow by night when bioluminescent flora and intricate nighttime experiences add a dreamlike quality to Pandora.

“We are taking our guests on a journey to this world in an experience that’s as realistic and immersive as possible,” says Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. “In the movie, the world of Pandora is a setting for the action and characters whose story we follow. Here, guests are the primary characters immersed in an extremely vivid, authentic experience.”

There are currently four sequels to the film being planned, so Pandora will only have more opportunities to grow as more characters and stories are developed.

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Pandora - Attractions

Avatar Flight of Passage

Can you imagine straddling the back of a wing-flapping banshee, darting and swirling through the canyon updrafts, free as the wind? Avatar Flight of Passage will transport you on a sweeping, simulated flight over Pandora’s colorful landscape. You'll soar around floating mountains, plunge through ancient caverns, and skim across roaring oceans, leading to a realistic encounter with the fiercest king of the air, the Great Leonopteryx that boasts a 45-foot wingspan.

Stop by the test seat outside to make sure you can comfortably ride the attraction before getting in line.

Your journey will begin in the queue as you start on an uphill trek around a massive root structure, over a bridge above waterfalls to an authentic totem garden. Meandering passageways lead to a cave-like structures where the great–winged banshees, or Ikran as the Na’vis call them, are celebrated in paintings and majestic totems. Next, you'll enter an old, once abandoned Resources Development Administration (RDA) facility with a laboratory partially restored. Here, there are scientific experiments in progress with references to habitat restoration, the ecosystem, water purification, and the connection of all living things.

Your next stop is the genetic matching room where you'll be scanned and genetic material is sampled to connect you to personal avatars in preparation for the flight experience. Once matched, you'll board link chairs, don flight visors, and prepare for the flight!

Flying on the back of a banshee represents an important rite of passage for the Na’vi and as visitors to the alien world, you will have the chance to be tested and guided through the wondrous journey. After entering a state-of-the-art theater, each guest will straddle a single-seat simulator (like a motorcycle) that will deliver a realistic sensation of riding a living creature. You will experience the swift and graceful movements of flight and even feel the banshee breathing beneath you!

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Guests must be 44-inches (112 centimeters) or taller to ride.

Na'vi River Journey

Get ready to set sail on a river journey unlike any other; on a moon that is light years from Earth. Aboard the reed boats of the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, you'll float through an alien world beyond your wildest imagination.

The story will begin as you approach the iconic floating mountains and waterfalls on Pandora where a towering totem beckons. Paying homage to the mystical Shaman of Songs, the massive totem was delicately woven by the Na’vi, the indigenous people of Pandora, and celebrates the shaman’s deep connection to the life force of Pandora. The totem also invites guests to venture further into grottos that lead to the mystical river – and an eventual encounter with the shaman.

At the water’s edge, you'll board those reed boats that each seat eight guests. A Na’vi warrior appears almost immediately and with a nod, he grants passage to the human voyagers then a spectacular bioluminescent rainforest will surround you. By day or night, boats pass through this darkened world, pushing deep into a jungle alive with exotic glowing plants and traversed by Pandoran creatures. Keen observers will notice that the animals and Na’vi are moving in the same direction as they make their way to see the shaman. Music is heard, which means the shaman is not far off.

“Na’vi River Journey is a very sweet, lyrical adventure through a spectacular visual environment that just becomes more and more spectacular as you go on,” explains Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. The bioluminescent activity of the plants around you unfolds in richer and richer scenes in really just a very uplifting, wonderful kind of journey.”

The journey builds to an encounter with the remarkable Shaman of Songs. Like most Na’vi, she is nearly 10 feet tall.

Music is central in Na’vi culture. Guests observe the shaman in the midst of a musical ceremony, playing an instrument and singing. Through her music, the shaman sends positive energy into the rainforest, telling of the sacred bond with nature that Na’vi and humans share.

There is no height requirement for the Na’vi River Journey.

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Pandora - Dining

Satu'li Canteen

The Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”) is a quick service location that offers a surprising twist on familiar flavors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu was inspired by the healthful bounty on Pandora, with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins. The restaurant is themed as the Alpha Centauri Expeditions canteen. Travelers come to Satu'li Canteen to find the familiar foods and luxuries of their home. Menu items include items such as a chopped wood-grilled chicken bowl, chili-spiced crispy fried tofu bowl, cheeseburger steamed pod, and much more.

The restaurant's design was inspired by bases set up on Pandora by the RDA in the blockbuster “AVATAR” film. Once the main mess hall of the RDA base in the Valley of Mo’ara, the canteen is now owned and operated by the Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a beautiful museum-like dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The interior has been transformed with colorful Na’vi items filling the walls and hanging from the ceiling – hand-woven tapestries, natural Pandoran elements and cooking tools decorate the interior.

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Take a look as Craig and Ryno from the DIS Unplugged team along with a special guest try out the new Mobile Order at Satu'li Canteen!

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Pongu Pongu

Pongu Pongu is Pandora’s specialty beverage kiosk. “Pongu Pongu” means “party party” and this kiosk, as the story goes, was built by a human who befriended the local Na’vi clan and built a place to gather and socialize. The name came from all the “wild and memorable times” Na’vi and humans had together there.

The kiosk offers “bioluminescent" frozen cocktails such as their signature drink; Frozen Nectar (frozen limeade with layered flavors of Granny Smith Apple and Desert Pear topped with bursting mango boba balls) that glows with bioluminescent colors reminiscent of Pandora’s flora. There’s also a Screaming Banshee Margarita and Avatar Private Label Ale. For sweet snacking, Lumpia (loom-pee-ah), a pineapple-cream cheese spring roll, is also on the menu.

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Pandora - Shopping

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Windtraders is a shopper’s delight where guests can choose from Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more. Guests will also find all sorts of apparel, accessories, a build-your-own Windtrader necklace station, and even a way to connect with your very own banshee at The Rookery inside Windtraders.

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