We’re only a few weeks away from the long-awaited debut of Pandora – The World of Avatar, and as is generally the case when leading up to a big opening, Disney has been filling in a few of of the details when it comes to what guests can expect from this brand new land. From the first look at some of the menu items at the two new dining options inside this immersive new land, to some technical details about the new rides, and even confirmed details about FastPass+ availability, here are all the new details we’ve learned over the past few days about this much-anticipated opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
1. Avatar - Flight of Passage will have a moderately high height restriction
As you might have already heard, the flagship ride in Pandora – The World of Avatar will be Avatar - Flight of Passage, which is a thrilling new attraction that allows guests to board a two-person Banshee and go on an exciting adventure through the hills and valleys of Pandora. And as you might expect from the ride description, this new attraction has a heavy emphasis on thrills, and as such will have a pretty big height restriction, requiring riders to be 44 inches or higher.
Though this isn’t the highest height restriction at Walt Disney World (that honor goes to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which requires guests to be at least 48 inches), this new ride joins other thrilling “big kid” attractions like Expedition Everest, Mission: Space and Space Mountain with this height restriction. However, if you’re thinking about skipping Pandora – The World of Avatar because you have small children, you might want to reconsider, because…
2. Na’Vi River Journey will have no height restriction
As expected, the Na’Vi River Journey boat ride will join other similar attractions like the Jungle Cruise, It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean as yet another ride with no height restriction. This gentle attraction will bring guests down a mysterious river where the full beauty of Pandora will reveal itself.
According to the official attraction description, guests who experience this attraction will climb aboard a specially-designed reed boat and slowly drift downstream into the heart of Pandora. After coasting through a series of caves, and passing by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures of the rainforest, riders will then come face-to-face with the Na’vi Shaman of Songs, who will demonstrate her deep connection to the life force of Pandora—and send positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music.
3. FastPass+ reservations will be available for these two attractions very soon
Unsurprisingly, it has been confirmed that FastPass+ return times will be offered for both of these new attractions, and since we are only about two and a half months away from the official opening of this new land, we’d expect the first FastPass+ reservations to become available towards the end of this month for guests who have an on-property reservation and can use the 60 day reservation window.
However, if you don’t have a hotel booked in the near future, you may get an additional chance to make FastPass+ reservations for Avatar – Flight of Passage and Na’Vi River Journey. Just like with Rivers of Light earlier this year, soft openings and technical rehearsals are expected for Pandora – The World of Avatar in the coming weeks, and the recent trend has been to make a certain number of FastPass+ reservations available for these tests when they occur. While you shouldn’t count on anything as guaranteed, if you aren’t able to make a reservation when FastPass+ times for these two attractions first become available, it wouldn’t hurt to check in with your My Disney Experience app a few times per day as we get closer to the opening of this new land.