In collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, Walt Disney World brought to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s movie "Avatar." This was the largest expansion at Disney's Animal Kingdom since the theme park opened in 1998.
Launched over Memorial Day weekend 2017, Pandora celebrates the magic of nature with a bioluminescent rainforest, floating mountains, and colorful critters. You can explore the Valley of Mo'ara on the back of a mountain banshee, in a reed boat, or on foot.
Immersion in Pandora
Join Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) to explore the fictional Pandora, an inhabitable moon orbiting around a fantasy planet called Polyphemus in the real-life Alpha Centauri star system. In this immersive eco-expedition experience, you travel to a mysterious and lush place where the bioluminescent plants and animals cast a steady blue glow. With lower gravity than on earth, the human-like Na'vi grow to 10 feet tall. At various times throughout the day, you can witness a Na'vi drum ceremony or watch a real scientist conducting research in the 10-foot-tall Pandora Utility Suit. As you explore, you will discover Na'vi totems and other cultural items throughout this fantasy land. Kids can earn adventure badges for completing Wilderness Explorer challenges.
Avatar Flight of Passage
Located deep in the heart of the Valley of Mo’ara, Avatar Flight of Passage takes interstellar families for a breathtaking flight over the moon’s incredible landscape, on the back of a mountain banshee. This 3-D simulator thrill ride recreates a breathtaking scene from the film when Jake Sully takes his first flight.
FastPass+ is available for this attraction. Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can reserve FastPass+ up to 60 days prior to check in. For all other guests who have pre-purchased valid park admission, reservations are available starting 30 days prior to their visit. There is a minimum height of 44 inches for Avatar Flight of Passage.
Na'vi River Journey
On the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, you climb into a reed boat and float down a mysterious river through a bioluminescent rainforest full of caves. On your gentle journey, you pass exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. At the end, you come upon a Na’vi shaman, who sends positive energy out into the forest through her music.
FastPass+ is available for this attraction.
Dining in Pandora
Satu’li Canteen, the main quick-service restaurant in Pandora, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's located in the Quonset hut of a former RDA mess hall, and features Na’vi art and cultural items along with the healthy flavors of Pandora. The lunch and dinner menu features made-to-order bowls, with hearty grain bases, several protein choices, and different sauces that let you customize your dish. Guests can pre-order meals via the My Disney Experience app.
Pongu Pongu, which means "Party Party" in the Na'vi language, serves theme drinks such as a bioluminescent frozen cocktail and Pandoran specialty beers. As the story goes, a friendly expat who fell in love with Pandora and never left runs the refreshments stand.