With only a few days to go until the much anticipated Pandora – The World of Avatar opens, excitement is high for this new land, with many expecting massive crowds this summer. And while we’ve already taken a look at both the blockbuster Avatar: Flight of Passage attraction as well as the Na’vi River Journey, both of these attractions will likely have multi-hour waits this summer, with the former having a queue that was reportedly built to handle a four-hour wait.
With such intense crowds for this new land’s two attractions, you might be wondering if it is still worth it to visit this area this summer. However, even if you opt to skip the lines this summer, there is still a surprising amount of things you can still do in this new land that you don’t have to worry about waiting in line for!
1. Make some music in an interactive drum circle
One of the most popular spots in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that isn’t a part of an attraction is the Muziki station in Africa, that features a number of percussion instruments for kids of all ages to bang on. And now it looks like Disney is looking to replicate this experience inside Pandora – The World of Avatar, but with a unique twist.
As you might have surmised from the Na’vi River Journey attraction, music is very important to the Na’vi, and this unique alien culture has decided to share it with visitors by erecting a special instrument circle that features drums, shells and even acorns that can all be interacted with to make otherworldly music. And best of all, guests can just walk up to this large, interactive feature and start playing, no queueing required!
2. Learn something new with the Wilderness Explorers
One of the biggest things that Disney set out to accomplish with Pandora – The World of Avatar was to create a themed land that would stand on its own apart from the other disparate lands of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. That’s the reason why there are no big signs in front of either of the two attractions, and the iconic Tree of Life is not visible from inside this new land.
However, there is one element of Disney’s Animal Kingdom that has crept in to Pandora – The World of Avatar: the Wilderness Explorers. Guests who pick up a Wilderness Explorers handbook will now find new pages dedicated to Pandora – The World of Avatar, and can now learn about wilderness concepts on Earth from inside Pandora and earn special badges that represent this new land, even as they learn more about concepts closer to home.