Exploring Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar

Over the weekend, Disney invited some bloggers (myself included) to visit Animal Kingdom to check out the newest addition to their park, Pandora – The World of Avatar. Added bonus: It also happened to be on my birthday! And yes, I totally rocked the birthday button.


First Impression

“WOW.” Literally that’s all I (and my fellow bloggers) could say. As soon as you enter Pandora, you’re completely immersed in the plant life, color, and water for as long as you can see, whichever way you look. When you walk in, you’re walking on a platform raised a little higher so you really get quite the view! For a second there, I forgot I was at Disney!


The Rides

Let’s get to the good stuff. Because the rides are really what people want to know about, right? There are two rides in Pandora, one that’s mellow and perfect for those who typically aren’t into rides, and the second is for the adventurers.

The first ride, Na’vi River Journey, is super mellow and a ride for the typical non-riders. In this ride, you sit in a boat and make your way through the luminescent river while you listen to Na’vi music. To be honest, I think it’s the perfect solution for some relaxation in the park and an opportunity to escape the Florida heat for a few minutes!

Pandora River Journey

The second ride is for the adventure-lovers! Avatar Flight of Passage lets you experience a Na’vi right of passage – flying a banshee! This is a 3D motion simulator ride and is absolutely AMAZING. I did have a FastPass for the ride, but would say it’s 100% worth the wait if you’re debating hopping on the long line. There isn’t really another ride I can compare it to because it’s SO different from anything Disney (or Universal) has done, but I would say it’s closest to Soarin (with the caveat that you’re in your own little pod for your seat – it’s kind of like sitting on a bike).

The technology is emoji-heart-eye worthy too! Not only is there a gasp moment when it comes to the “matching” process of finding your avatar (because obviously it wouldn’t be safe for humans to ride banshees – ha!), but also when it comes to the ride itself. You really feel like you’re actually in the world of Avatar, when it comes to sight, smell, and touch!


The Food/Drink

There are two main places for food and drink in Pandora.

For quick service, you can stop at Pongu Pongu for some specialty drinks or snacks. I tried the famous Night Blossom (which features boba!) and it was pretty tasty! You couldn’t walk 5 steps without finding someone else indulging in one either. Fortunately, the line was short early in the day but by lunchtime, it was pretty crazy!


If you’re looking for a little more substance, you can pop into the Satu’li Canteen, a cafeteria-style eatery filled with lots of great eats! Most of the meals on the (adult) menu were bowl-based, meaning you pick a bowl base (rice, potatoes, salad), a meat, and dressing. I ended up going with chicken, rice, and an herb sauce on the side (check it out in the bottom right), and it was delicious!


Overall Thoughts on Pandora – The World of Avatar

To sum it up quickly? Pretty freaking awesome. With all of the color and uniqueness of Pandora, I can definitely see why they chose Animal Kingdom as the home for this new “land.” It’s a perfect fit! And we had an absolute blast exploring.


Admittedly, Animal Kingdom hasn’t gotten much love from me in recent years, and this was my first visit since deciding to purchase an annual pass last year. But after my visit this weekend and spending time in Pandora – The World of Avatar, that’s definitely going to change!

What do you think about Pandora? Have you had a chance to visit yet?

I was hosted by Disney for this visit. All opinions are my own.


  1. Erika Jarvis
    June 29, 2017 / 3:58 PM

    I can see the Floating Mountains in Pandora from my office and I still haven’t made the trek over yet! However, after seeing your gorgeous photos and the review I know I need to stop what I’m doing and ride a darn Banshee!! So glad you had a great time, looked like fun!

    • July 21, 2017 / 10:23 PM

      That’s amazing! I feel like I’d never get anything done if I was gazing out at that view, haha. I hope you’re able to get there soon!

  2. June 29, 2017 / 4:04 PM

    I’m a little jealous you got to see it – I won’t be there until August! But it looks so amazing and I can’t wait. Super excited for Flight of Passage!

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:41 PM

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of it (but I know you’re going to love it)!

  3. Sheila Jo Spencer
    June 29, 2017 / 6:10 PM

    The food and drinks look great! Glad to hear there is a slow-paced option for those of us who don’t do thrill rides!

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:42 PM

      They were delicious! And yes – definitely a great way to get in on the Disney fun even if you’re not typically a ride person!

  4. June 29, 2017 / 8:29 PM

    This looks so enchanting! Disney always has the best settings for fun and photos!

    • July 1, 2017 / 9:48 AM

      It was! Disney really never fails to impress :)

  5. June 29, 2017 / 8:39 PM

    I’ve been wanting to go to Disney because I haven’t been since I was like 9 or 10. The World of Avatar looks great.

    • July 1, 2017 / 9:49 AM

      Oh wow! Definitely time to plan a trip, Jenny! It sounds like you have a lot more to explore than just the World of Avatar, haha.

  6. June 29, 2017 / 9:01 PM

    What a fun way to spend your birthday! I haven’t been to Disney in so long and this makes me want to change that :)

    • July 1, 2017 / 9:51 AM

      It so was! And yes, definitely time to plan a trip back :) Epcot’s Food & Wine is coming up this fall – that’d be the perfect time to come down for it!

  7. June 29, 2017 / 11:54 PM

    This looks absolutely beautiful! I’ve never been to Disney World- I SO need to go!

    • July 1, 2017 / 9:50 AM

      It really was! And never been to Disney?! Definitely time to plan a trip – it’s so much fun!

  8. June 30, 2017 / 12:37 AM

    We just got back a few weeks ago. We loved Pandora especially the banshee ride. It was INCREDIBLE!!!

    • July 4, 2017 / 12:44 PM

      Wasn’t it?! I still can’t get over how amazing it was! I had no idea what to expect going in, so the surprise of it all was the best!

  9. Tori Dunlap
    June 30, 2017 / 12:39 AM

    This looks like so much fun! Have been planning a (maybe) trip to Disney World with the boyfriend and this makes me wanna go even more.
    Tori || Victori Media

    • July 4, 2017 / 12:44 PM

      It was a blast! And yay for a trip to Disney! You should definitely do it!

  10. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew
    June 30, 2017 / 1:14 AM

    Oh my gosh! I’m living vicariously through these photos….I NEED to see Pandora! Hoping to make it over there before my trip in September!

    • July 4, 2017 / 12:45 PM

      It was amazing! I hope you can get there soon, Kaitlyn!

  11. Sharon Glascoe
    June 30, 2017 / 6:27 AM

    Ahhh I am so jealous that you were able to visit Pandora! I have family in Orlando so I hope we can all go next time I visit :)

    • July 1, 2017 / 9:52 AM

      You must! They did an incredible job with it! Try to get FastPasses ahead of time for Flight of Passage though! I can see that line being forever long because of how fun it is!

  12. June 30, 2017 / 7:56 AM

    AHHH this is SO cool!! I can’t wait to visit! Happy you had a great birthday <3

    • July 6, 2017 / 10:14 PM

      It was awesome! I hope you can get back up to Disney soon to check it out! And birthday was great :) Thank you!

  13. June 30, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    Omg so loved this review! Photos are gorgeous! Wish we could have connected at BlogHer but we will definitely have to sometime soon! I haven’t checked out Pandora yet..but after your post I totally want to! Happy Birthday!!

    • July 9, 2017 / 1:17 AM

      Thanks, Jackie! We definitely will need to connect sometime soon – you have a Disney pass right? We should plan a blogger’s day out!

      • July 10, 2017 / 2:20 PM

        I do! And we totally should!!

  14. Azanique
    June 30, 2017 / 12:01 PM

    This looks so fun! I would love to visit here

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • July 1, 2017 / 9:51 AM

      It was! I hope you can plan a trip soon to explore yourself, Azanique!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:51 PM

      It’s unbelievable! Hopefully you can get that Disney trip booked soon :)

  15. June 30, 2017 / 2:43 PM

    I thought Avatar was such an enchanting movie, I would love to visit Disney’s Pandora!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:51 PM

      It was so cool to see how Disney brought the whole world of Avatar to life. I loved it!

  16. June 30, 2017 / 4:30 PM

    I loved Avatar!! I would love to check this out! Disney is my fav.

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:10 PM

      Nothing beats Disney! And if you loved the movie you’d most definitely love this new addition! Hope you can check it out soon!

  17. June 30, 2017 / 4:47 PM

    Wow this looks awesome. I love Disney. All of their attractions are so beautiful and feel like you are stepping into the movie.

    • July 6, 2017 / 10:15 PM

      You’re so right! This new area really immerses you into the Avatar world – I loved it!

  18. June 30, 2017 / 4:51 PM

    Omg I want to visit this so badly, it looks like so much fun!! I can’t wait for the new Avatar movies to come out!

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:11 PM

      It is! Such a unique addition to the park!

  19. Carly Ned
    June 30, 2017 / 7:43 PM

    Wow! I really want to visit! This looks incredible and it looks like you had an amazing time!

    • July 22, 2017 / 11:46 PM

      It was amazing! I hope you have the chance to visit soon!

  20. June 30, 2017 / 8:30 PM

    This is so cool! The food looks delicious; I’ll have to check this out the next time I go to Disney!
    xo, G

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:50 PM

      It was! Hopefully you can get to Disney to explore Pandora soon :)

  21. June 30, 2017 / 9:52 PM

    We’re going to Disney for about a week next summer and I can’t wait to see Pandora! When we went last December, we could see just a bit of it being built and I just knew it was going to be magical! SO cool!

    • July 21, 2017 / 10:24 PM

      That’s so exciting! Bummer that they hadn’t finished it when you were there last, but something to look forward to for sure!

  22. June 30, 2017 / 10:57 PM

    I want to visit Pandora so badly! It looks like such a neat place. :)

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:50 PM

      It is! The details on everything are just incredible!

  23. July 1, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    It looks beautiful! My boyfriend and I are going to WDW next summer and are so excited to see pandora!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:49 PM

      How exciting! Make sure to sign up for your fast passes early – I think they open up 6 months out!

  24. July 1, 2017 / 11:54 AM

    Ahh!! I need to visit ASAP! I haven’t been to Disney World in a hot second and this may be my excuse to go!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:49 PM

      Oh for sure! Food & Wine in the fall is the best time to visit!

  25. July 1, 2017 / 10:18 PM

    Ahhh I really want to go!! Looks so fun! And that Flights of Passage ride is right up my alley x

    • July 6, 2017 / 10:16 PM

      It’s SO much fun! I’m already itching to go back for Flight of Passage!

  26. July 2, 2017 / 9:04 AM

    Wow this looks like so much fun! I am dying to go to Disney again. Maybe next year :)
    Love from Austria,

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:12 PM

      It’s a blast! You can never go wrong with Disney :) I hope you’re able to plan a trip over to check it out yourself!

      • July 20, 2017 / 4:08 PM

        Me too Rachel, thank you!

  27. Kristine Circenis
    July 2, 2017 / 12:06 PM

    I’ve been so curious about Pandora since I learned that it opened. I’m glad you had a great time and it looks like a lot of fun!

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:14 PM

      It really is – totally surpassed every expectation I had. Disney sure knows how to create incredible experiences!

  28. July 2, 2017 / 3:11 PM

    Wow! This looks amazing! And that Mo’ara Margarita — YUMM! Need to add Disney’s Pandora to my list, asap!

    xo, L

    • July 21, 2017 / 10:23 PM

      Oh for sure! I hope you can plan a trip soon!

  29. Greta Hollar
    July 3, 2017 / 12:20 AM

    This looks like so much fun! I need to plan my next trip to Disney!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • July 21, 2017 / 10:23 PM

      It was a blast! And yes, a trip to Disney is always a good idea :)

  30. July 3, 2017 / 2:44 AM

    Omg so jealous! I’ve been wanting to go back to Disney so I can see this!

    • July 22, 2017 / 11:48 PM

      I hope you’re able to plan a trip soon, Silvia!

  31. July 3, 2017 / 9:35 AM

    These pictures are amazing!!! I’d love to visit!

    • July 21, 2017 / 10:25 PM

      Thanks, Susannah! It’s definitely one of my favorite “lands” in Disney!

  32. July 3, 2017 / 11:28 AM

    This looks AMAZING! I was obsessed with the movie Avatar, so I feel like I would love this. I’m not usually into rides, but I might make an exception for Avatar Flight of Passage ;) That food is making me hungry!!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:15 PM

      You absolutely would! It’s so different than any other themed area Disney has done in its parks – I loved it! And you’d definitely need to make an exception for that ride. It was unbelievable!

  33. July 4, 2017 / 6:51 PM

    This looks INCREDIBLE! I haven’t been to Disney since 1998…it’s high time for a trip back!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • July 6, 2017 / 10:16 PM

      1998? Whaaaat?! You are WAY overdue for a trip! Let me know if you end up booking one, I’ll meet you over there!

  34. mckenna bleu
    July 5, 2017 / 10:52 AM

    I have seen so many pictures of this and it looks so amazing! I cant wait to visit!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:48 PM

      It’s incredible! I always love seeing what new things Disney comes out with!

  35. mQs
    July 6, 2017 / 4:09 PM

    I’ve never been here, but it looks like a fun place to travel!

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:11 PM

      Oh absolutely! It is the “happiest place on earth” after all :)

  36. July 12, 2017 / 11:40 AM

    This looks so cool! I haven’t been to Disney in forever, so I’ll have to check it out next time I go!

    • July 21, 2017 / 10:25 PM

      It was amazing! Disney always comes up with the most incredible things. I hope you can plan a trip to check it out soon!

  37. Julie Wood
    July 13, 2017 / 9:16 AM

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to explore the Disneys Pandora World of Avatar with the family! We would have a blast!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:47 PM

      It is! Maybe time to start planning the next family vacation? ;)

    • July 22, 2017 / 11:47 PM

      It was so well done! I can’t wait to get back to explore it again – hope you have the chance to go soon too!