Before Pandora – The World of Avatar even opened, we predicted that the first few days after this new land officially debuted would be really intense. Not only was anticipation for this new land high after a nearly six year wait, but the opening date was scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, which is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year at Walt Disney World.
However, even though the first few days were absolutely packed, it has now been about a week since the grand opening, and in the last few days we have learned some interesting things that guests still planning to visit this land over the summer should definitely know.
Wait times will stay high through the summer, but not THAT high
During opening weekend at Pandora – The World of Avatar, many guests experienced an hour or more wait just to get IN to this new land, and then once they were able to walk through the gates, they had to choose between waiting three hours for the Na’vi River Journey or four hours for the Flight of Passage attraction. Obviously, waiting potentially 8 hours to see one land and two rides isn’t ideal, but we’ve got some good news: it doesn’t look like we’re going to see wait times this high again for the foreseeable future.
Just three days after the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar, guests were no longer needing to wait outside to gain entry to this new land, and wait times for the two attractions fell to two and three hours. And then fast-forward to later in the week, and the Na’vi River Journey was down to just 70 minutes at 3:00PM and Flight of Passage was holding steady at 120 minutes.
While these are still very elevated wait times, they’re in line with what you might see during the summer at other popular attractions like Frozen Ever After, Space Mountain, and of course the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and we expect them to hold steady through the course of the summer.
Of course, the easiest way to see Pandora – The World of Avatar is still to rope drop the park and/or take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (which are available daily until July). However, if you find yourself unable to take advantage of either of these options, you’ll still be able to experience the two attractions in this land over the course of a morning or afternoon, and will even still have time for other things as well.