When they announced that Disney World’s next expansion would be based on a more than a decade old R-rated movie, I think we were all a little skeptical. It doesn’t hurt to watch the movie in advance and to show the milder scenes to your kids. However, you can also have an immersive experience on another planet without a whole lot of prior knowledge.
The landscaping seamlessly mixes sculptures in with exotic tropical plants to create the illusion of an alien planet. At night the features glow.
While the Swotu Waya Drummers are currently on hold due to Covid, they are still listed as entertainment on the website, so hopefully we can anticipate the return of their audience-involved show in the future.
In my family’s opinion, the best ride in all of Walt Disney World is Avatar: Fight of Passage. The experience begins with the queue that introduces the story of the Avatar-Human connection. Finally you are paired with your banshee and go on a 3-D flight through Pandora. Alice is not a fan of roller coasters, but she has no trouble with the simulation in Flight of Passage.
I am going to include Tiffins in the dining options, even though it is technically on Discovery Island just outside the entrance to Pandora. Pre-booking reservations gets you a signature dining experience. For a more casual Tiffins experience, the Nomad Lounge on the patio was our go-to spot for drinks and a meal.
Satu’li Canteen is quick service with a create-your-own style option for vegetarian bowls. Dining inside transports you to Pandora; dining outside on the patio you may catch a visit from a Pandora Ranger. Walt Disney World is famous for its photo backdrop walls, so make sure to snap a pic on the popular moss wall.
Let me help plan your trip to Walt Disney World, Florida
Choose a Resort
Staying on Walt Disney World property helps you be immersed in the Disney magic for your entire vacation. From affordable campsites and value options to deluxe villas, there are options for every budget. If you plan to spend a lot of time at Animal Kingdom and have animal lovers in your travel party, consider staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Get My disney Experience
The key to a fun and well-planned Disney Vacation is getting well acquainted with the My Disney Experience App. Order food, check wait times, search for the nearest restroom, book dining reservations, and so much more.
The My Disney Experience App will also help you find the locations for Wilderness Explorers, an extremely engaging (and, shhhhh, educational) program for young naturalists.
Pick Your Parks
With four theme parks and two water parks, you’ll have no trouble finding something to interest all members of your family.
Animal Kingdom has fewer options for thrill-seekers, but it doesn’t lack experiences for all types of travelers.
Dine at Disney
Dining at Disney comes in all forms, from Mickey-shaped snacks to quick service meals to fine dining in Signature Restaurants. Animal Kingdom specializes in global cuisine in both its quick service and signature restaurants. For families with young travelers, Rainforest Cafe is accessible even without a park reservation.