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Reviews & tips for traveling to Walt Disney World with young kids

Month: May 2017

Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is a fully immersive experience and fun for the whole family.

As you set out to explore this new land, here’s everything you need to know, from kid-focused ride, food and shopping reviews to where to find changing tables, stroller parking and interactive activities.

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Windtraders at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Windtraders is the main gift shop in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Instead of Mickey Mouse merchandise, here you will find some special items unique to Pandora, including the very popular banshee.

Banshee – Windtraders – Pandora – The World of Avatar

The interactive, robotic banshees are able to move their mouths, heads and wings, as well as make banshee sounds.  They can sit on your shoulder, be cradled in your arms, or be displayed on separately purchased perch. Continue reading

Food Review: Satu’li Canteen

Satu’li Canteen – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Satu’li Canteen is the new quick service restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and mobile ordering is available (more info on that below).

The Food

The menu for Satu’li Canteen features create-your-own bowls, where you choose a protein, base and sauce, as well as vegetable curry or cheeseburger steamed bao buns, or “pods.” Continue reading

Food and Drink Review: Pongu Pongu

Pongu Pongu – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pongu Pongu, located in the Pandora – The World of Avatar section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, serves up specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one snack option, Pongu Lumpia.

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Attraction Reaction: Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is the new headliner attraction at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  On this 3D screen- and motion-based ride, you are connected to your own avatar and fly on the back of a mountain banshee through the diverse environments of Pandora.

Avatar Flight of Passage

While this ride features a screen like Soarin’, the motions are a little more on par with Star Tours (though not as jarring or abrupt).  However, the synchronization and fluidity between the screen and motion of your seat is flawless, and the ride also incorporates wind and smells to create a truly magical and immersive experience. It really does feel like you are flying on the back of a banshee through Pandora.

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Attraction Reaction: Na’vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey – Pandora – The World of Avatar

The Na’vi River Journey is a visually stunning, slow-moving boat ride through a bioluminescent rainforest.  It is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest section, Pandora – The World of Avatar.

FastPass+ is available for this ride, and there are no height restrictions, so your entire family can ride together.

Each boat only has two rows that can each fit three people (though you can also squeeze in two adults and two small children in a single row).

Na’vi River Journey boat – Pandora – The World of Avatar

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Landscape of Pandora: The World of Avatar

Floating mountains – Pandora – The World of Avatar

When you cross the bridge into Walt Disney World’s newest land Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you are instantly transported to another world.

Pandora is home to two attractions, Avatar Flight of Passage and the Nav’i River Journey, but the detailed and immersive landscape is a headliner itself.

The Valley of Mo’ara is filled floating mountains and native Pandoran flora, and it becomes filled with bioluminescence at night.

Make sure you take time to wander through Pandora’s trails to take in the cultural touches, the sounds of Pandora’s creatures, and the truly stunning landscape.

Pandora – The World of Avatar

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Star Wars Experiences for Younger Kids at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Have a young padawan and visiting Walt Disney World? While some Star Wars experiences are geared toward older kids and adults, like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (40″ height requirement) or meeting Kylo Ren (don’t expect hugs), there are still plenty of fun ways for younger kids to experience the force.

Here are the top four Star Wars experiences for younger kids at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Character Interactions

Meeting Chewbacca at the Star Wars Launch Bay

Chewbacca and BB-8 both have character meets inside the Star Wars Launch Bay that are open continuously throughout the day. There are separate lines for each, and FastPass+ is not available.

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