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
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
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.
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.
Birthday breakfast at Tusker House
We recently returned from a wonderful trip celebrating our son’s third birthday at Walt Disney World, which was filled with pixie dust (some provided by us parents and some by Disney).
Here are some ways you can make celebrating birthdays at Walt Disney World even more special:
Get a birthday button.
Pick up a free birthday button from any Walt Disney World Resort hotel, guest services, or even at many of the park stores. Just ask!
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is my family’s favorite time to visit Epcot. With the festival running through May 29, 2017, there’s still plenty of time to go.
Here are my top five tips for taking kids to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival:
1) Get a Garden Passport for everyone – including little kids!
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Garden Passport
You can find the free Garden Passports in the park map stands when you first enter Epcot. These are great because they list all of the food available at the festival’s outdoor kitchens, as well as additional festival information.
But why get one for little kids? One word: Stickers! Each passport contains two dozen stickers. The stickers are meant to be used to self-mark the outdoor kitchens you visit. However, they can also be a fun game to help pass time in lines – find the matching spots for the stickers in the passport. (Or, you know, just let your kids go crazy decorating their passport with the stickers.) Continue reading
When we heard that Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 “Road to the Races” tour was kicking off at Disney Springs this past weekend, we decided to make a quick weekend trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Our son is McQueen’s #1 fan (after Mater, of course), so we knew this event would be a hit with him. Because, you know, we’ve only watched Cars at least once a week for the past two years…
The best part of this event is that you get to see a life-size Lightning McQueen, as well as two new Cars 3 characters: Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant is located in the newer Town Center section of Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. It features Florida-inspired comfort food and moonshine craft cocktails.
We started our lunch with a Bunch of Puppies – a basket of golden hush puppies served with pimento cheese and red jalapeño jelly. Now I’ve never met a hush puppy I didn’t like, and these did not disappoint. I was sure they would be my favorite part of lunch, but everything else blew them away.
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.
Here are some important things to know about taking a stroller to Walt Disney World.
In the Parks
- Strollers are not allowed in any of the attraction lines (or inside the Land pavilion at Epcot). Instead, you must park your stroller in a designated “Stroller Parking” area. These are conveniently located throughout the parks and easy to find (just look for the sea of strollers), but if you can’t find one, a cast member will be happy to point you in the right direction.
- Your stroller will probably be moved – but it’s okay! Cast members are constantly moving strollers around within the same stroller parking area to keep everything in order.
- Tip: Tie something bright on your stroller to make it easier to find (a ribbon, sign, etc.).
Any vacation – and especially a Walt Disney World vacation – isn’t complete without some delicious ice cream! Here are just a few of our family’s favorite frozen treats, as well as our top spots to get them:
Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar
A trip to Walt Disney World is not complete without a Mickey bar, which you can find at any of the ice cream kiosks throughout the parks. These are vanilla ice cream with a chocolate shell on a popsicle stick.
Tip: If you are in the Magic Kingdom, grab a Mickey bar right before finding a spot for the 3 p.m. Festival of Fantasy Parade. It gives kids (and you) something to do to help pass the time while waiting.