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

As you travel down the river, you will see all of the incredible creatures and glowing plants of Pandora. Make sure you look up too, because you might catch some animals playing on top of the leaves.

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

The ride ends with an encounter with the Na’vi Shaman of Songs, one of the most fluid and life-like animatronics ever created by Disney.

The Shaman doesn’t come off as scary at all (even though he seems to sing a little off pitch), but if your kids haven’t seen the movie Avatar, you might have to explain to them about the big blue guy.

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

Stroller parking is located to the left of the ride entrance, and individuals in wheelchairs or scooters must be able to transfer into the boats.

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

The vast majority of the ride queue is outside, but there are plenty of fans and fun details to see.

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

There is also a water fountain and water bottle refill station located in the queue.

Water fountain and bottle refill station – Na’vi River Journey – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Tip: Consider getting a FastPass+ if possible (at least until the initial mad rush to Pandora wears down). Disney lets you select a FastPass+ for only one of the two Pandora rides per day, and Avatar Flight of Passage has a height restriction and a single rider line. Ideally, if possible, visit Pandora on two separate days so you can get a FastPass+ for each ride.

Pros: There is no height restriction, so everyone can enjoy the ride.  There are also no drops.

Considerations: This is a dark ride, even though it features bioluminescence. Predators from the movie, the viperwolves, also appear, but they are not close to the boats and do not make any menacing actions (so if your child hasn’t seen the movie, they probably wouldn’t think twice about them).

Kids Rating: out of 5. There is so much to look at on this ride that even the smallest kids will be amazed and stimulated by all of the glowing scenery.

Check out the full Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar here.