The biggest current craze at Disney World is Pandora, World of Avatar. Inspired by the movie Avatar, Disney developed a new “land” in Animal Kingdom dedicated to all things Avatar. Avatar Flight of Passage consistently shows some of the longest wait times I’ve ever seen at Disney World. I’ve seen wait times over 3 hours for the ride. Recently, our family was in Animal Kingdom 20 minutes before the park closed and the stand-by wait was still over 2 hours.
So, What’s The Big Deal?
I’m usually not one who buys into hype. I certainly can’t imagine any ride being worth a 3-hour wait. That being said, Avatar Flight of Passage is awesome. It’s awesome to a level even I couldn’t have imagined.
We were lucky enough to score a FastPass for the whole family, so our wait was brief. I wouldn’t mind walking through the stand-by line at some point. We could see parts of it and it looks incredible. Maybe someday the wait won’t be 2 or 3 hours!
There’s a decent amount of prep to get on the ride. The seat is unlike any other I can recall on a ride. The best thing I can compare it to is a motorcycle without wheels. You sit down and safety restraints come up from behind your legs and back to keep you in place. From there, you’re flying!
The video quality is amazing. Smells, wind, water and other effects make this an incredible experience. We were completely immersed in the ride. The kids were screaming with enjoyment, as were the adults. And then, it was over. While the ride is plenty long, it’s nowhere near long enough for how awesome it is.
If you don’t do well on motion rides, you’re still probably okay on Avatar. I say probably because there are a few moments where you’re “diving” on your banshee. You’re actually not at too sever an angle. But, the vivid nature of the video screens contributes to the brief weightless effect.
Did I mention it was awesome? It probably seems like I’m overselling it. I still can’t get over how great every element of the ride was. Nothing short of incredible.
What About Na’vi?
Na’vi River Journey is the other ride in Pandora. It also sports some of the longest wait times at Disney World. It’s not quite as popular as Avatar, but it consistently runs over an hour (and frequently as much as 2 hours) wait on the stand-by line. And, that just doesn’t make sense to me. Don’t get me wrong, the detail on the ride is incredible. But, the ride itself isn’t terribly exciting. It’s a slow-moving ride through a river (get it, river journey?). For folks who have visited Disney World before, it’s similar to the Frozen ride in EPCOT or a smaller version of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Unless you’re a hardcore Disney geek, there’s really no reason I can see to wait in line that long for Na’vi. Here’s a short video clip of the ride:
The Final Two Pennies
Here’s a quick overview I posted on Instagram of our spin through the Avatar world.
I’ll also have a quick food review of Satu’li Canteen, a pretty decent restaurant located next to Avatar and Na’vi. Bottom line? Our family are buyers when it comes to Avatar Flight of Passage. We’re sellers when it comes to Na’vi River Journey.
What do you think of Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey?
Have you tried them yet?
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