We’ve only got a few days to go before Pandora – The World of Avatar Finally opens, six years after the project was first announced. Though this land has been a long time coming, the launch of this new land has been unlike anything else we have seen before with Disney really pulling out all the stops to try and promote this new land. But is this cause for concern? Let’s look at what’s going on right now….
1. Disney has been giving guests an unprecedented look inside this new land
One of the most tried and true ways that Disney Sneak peeks and inside looks have always been a part of new attraction and land openings, as this is an easy way to give guests a little teaser without revealing too much. However, Disney has really gone all-out with the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar, even going so far as to film the climax of the Na’vi River Journey attraction and put it online nearly a month before the new land even opens. If you don’t mind spoilers, you can check out the video above:
While it is certainly not strange to have a preview like this, filming the most thrilling part of this attraction seems a little strange, and could indicate that Disney isn’t counting on this new land selling itself, and is trying to show off all the best parts of the land right now in an effort to drum up potentially lagging interest. However, this strategy could backfire a little, as showing off the best part of one of the two rides in this new area might actually dissuade guests from stopping by, as they’ve already “seen” the best part of this ride. And of course, while this look inside this ride was the biggest spoiler that Disney has published thus far, detailed images from around this new land have been released as well and Disney has even detailed the Banshee "bonding" process that guests who stop by the Windtraders gift shop will experience.
While the high volume of advance looks inside this new land prior to opening may seem like an indication that Disney doesn’t have much faith in this new land, there’s something else that seems to indicate that this new land will be a big hit...
2. FastPass+ reservations are going incredibly fast
Right now, the hardest FastPass+ reservation to make at Walt Disney World is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is inexplicably popular and has disastrously low capacity. However, this Magic Kingdom favorite may be kicked off the top spot soon if early indications about Pandora - The World of Avatar are anything to go by.
Several weeks ago Disney released the first FastPass+ times for both the Na'vi River Journey as well as the Avatar - Flight of Passage attraction, and guests snapped up these reservations in just a matter of seconds. And even though that is perhaps not surprising for the opening day of this attraction, all FastPass+ reservations for subsequent days have been "selling out" minutes after they become available.
While it looks like Disney may be having some reservations about the interest level of this new land, it looks like resort guests are waking up early and fighting the virtual crowds to ensure that they will be able to check out this land this summer. However, there's something else to consider as well...