Pandora — The World of Avatar
For what has seemed like a lifetime this was the only view of Pandora available to guests, a few floating mountains from the entrance of Disney's Animal Kingdom. I, along with some of the local Florida media, was lucky enough to get an invitation to take the 4.4 light year trip to Pandora — The World of Avatar and I will tell you it is a trip I will never forget!
Taking a trip across the former bridge to Camp Minnie*Mickey, you step into a land that is breathtaking! The basic story is that we humans are visiting the Valley of Mo'Ara on Pandora thanks to a partnership with the Na'vi, natives of the planet, and the ACE - Alpha Centurion Expeditions to experience the land. For those of you that are the fans of the James Cameron’s record-breaking box-office hit, AVATAR, the new land welcomes guests to the lush world of Pandora long after the human conflict with the native Na’vi inhabitants has ended.
Once you are in the Valley of Mo'ara, the first thing you come across is the Flaska Reclinata. This huge plant not only "absorbs, condenses, and purifies atmospheric toxins on Pandora" but it is also interactive as guests are encouraged to touch it to help it do its job. In turn, it may spray guests with mist.
As guests continue down the entrance pathway they start to see remnants of the past conflict the Na'vi had with the Resources Development Administration, or RDA, as seen in Avatar.
Pandora — The World of Avatar consists of two attractions, one counter service resturant, one quick servce bar/beverage location, a merchandise/face paining cart, and one shop. All in all, this doesn't sound like much, but I have spent countless hours wandering this land and will again and again.
The first non-native location you come to when you enter the land is the Colors of Mo'ara, where guest can have their face panted based on designs inspired by Pandora or pick up some merchandise to help them fit in with the natives.
One of the more unique locations in Pandora has to be the #MossWall. It may not have been planned to be, but weeks before opening day, this backdrop has become an Instagram-famous spot.
Pongu Pongu ("Party Party" in English) and Windtraders are part of the same old RDA facility that ex-pats (for expatriates), Earth tourists who loved Pandora so much they decided to move there permanently, and ACE have helped transform into a shop and local watering hole.
Pongu Pongu is also where you can get the lands signature drinks including the Night Blossom, a non-alcoholic frozen drink that is a mixture of limeade, apple and pear with passion fruit boba ball on top of course available in souvenir cup with glow cube for an extra charge.
Windtraders is not only the main place to get all things Pandora but is also where you are able to have your face sculpted onto a Na'vi possible figure for $74.95 and pick up your very own pet Banshee $49.95.
When the need for sustenance hits during your tour of Pandora, the land’s Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”) is the place to go! With a wide variety of dishes — many of which are gluten free — everyone from the biggest foodie to the most picky of eaters will find something.
With everything from a great breakfast menu to a "create your own" bowl with up to 48 different paring options and even Cheeseburger Pods, there is something for everyone here.
Now I could go on and on about the land in general — and I will in the future — but for now, here is a short video with a few spoilers for the attractions.
For more on the attractions of Pandora head to the next page.