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Category: Attraction Reactions

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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Attraction Reaction: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

With the Cinderella Castle in the background and organ music playing well-known Disney songs, a ride on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is truly a magical experience.  Located in Fantasyland, the 1917 carrousel is a nostalgic ride that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The carrousel features 90 wood-carved horses, and there are several options for riding with small kids.

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Attraction Reaction: Gran Fiesta Tour

Gran Fiesta Use

If someone told you that there is nothing for younger kids to do in Epcot’s World Showcase, then they probably haven’t been on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros (Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito).

Based on the animated 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros, this slow-moving boat ride is located in the back corner of Epcot’s Mexico pavilion (open during regular World Showcase hours).  The Three Caballeros have a musical performance scheduled, but Donald Duck is missing.  Throughout the boat ride, you see Donald Duck enjoying some of Mexico’s most famous sites, with Jose Carioca and Panchito searching for him a few steps behind.

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Attraction Reaction: Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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I thought I would write my first “Attraction Reaction” to Tater’s first-ever Walt Disney World ride – Dumbo the Flying Elephant.  Dumbo, based on the beloved Disney movie of the same name, is a slow moving spinner ride which proves that, yes, elephants can fly.  Each individual Dumbo has a handle inside that allows you to fly higher or lower, and each Dumbo fits two people, or two adults and an infant/toddler on a lap, or one adult and two small children. Dumbo is located in the Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland, and carnival organ music appropriately plays in the background. FastPass+ is available.

For those of you who haven’t been on Dumbo for a while (or ever), I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there are now two side-by-side identical Dumbo rides. The bad news is that it remains as popular – and busy – as ever.

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