Walt Disney World announced exciting information for visitors wishing to get the most out of their Pandora the World of Avatar experience. FastPass+ are here! Bonus: onsite resort guests score exclusive Extra Magic Hours. Here’s when you can book Pandora FastPasses.

Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom FastPass Dates announced. Book Pandora FastPasses

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom FastPass Dates announced. Book Pandora FastPasses Photo: Kent Phillips, photographer

Pandora the World of Avatar Excitement

Have you dreamed about climbing on the back of a banshee? Or maybe floating down a luminescent river? Good news, Avatar fans! Your dreams became a reality with the opening of Animal Kingdom’s new land, Pandora the World of Avatar on May 27, 2017.

Here’s how Disney describes the experience: “Floating mountains grace the skyline while exotic plants fill the colorful landscape inside Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opened May 27, 2017, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Pandora – The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations.”

Pandora Avatar tip - This interactive feature teaches environmental awareness and offers a cooling mist on a hot day at Disney.

This interactive feature teaches environmental awareness (and offers a cooling mist on a hot day at Disney). Photo credit: Cindy Richards/ Empty Nest TravelingMom

Don’t just take Disney’s word for it: we think it’s important to hear from the moms who have been there! And a few of the TravelingMoms and Dads made the trip to Pandora over opening weekend.

You can read how Cindy, our Empty Nest TravelingMom, describes the rides and the land here.

Be sure to check it out as there was something that specifically underwhelmed her.

One of our Guest Authors also shared her feelings about the new land. Be sure to check out her report on the healthy food options found in Pandora here.

TravelingDad Paul put together a complete guide to Pandora and he’s got a (not-so) bold prediction about Flight of Passage for you!

Book Pandora FastPasses NOW!

FastPass+ choices can be made now for visits 60 days out for visitors staying on site at Walt Disney Resort hotels.

Disney’s FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora during regular hours.

Sounds great, right? Well, there is a hitch.

You may select only one of these two attractions in the first set of Disney FastPass+ selections. That’s right; Disney’s Animal Kingdom has entered the tiered FastPass+ system with the addition of these attractions.

e World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom FastPass Dates announced. Book Pandora FastPasses

Float down the mystical Na’vi River at Pandora the World of Avatar. Photo: Walt Disney World Parks

Choices will need to be made, my friends!

Book your FastPass+ selections online through your My Disney Experience starting at 6 a.m. ET, and over the phone (407) 939-5277 starting at 7 a.m. ET.

For more information on booking and using the FastPass+ system, check out this fantastic guide from Road Warrior TravelingMom Nasreen Stump.

Extra Magic Hours at Pandora the World of Avatar

Disney also confirmed special Extra Magic Hours at Pandora for a limited time this summer. From May 27 to July 4, 2017,  visitors staying at Disney World properties will have access to extended night hours from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

There have been some concerns about long lines throughout the day for this new land. While not a surprise, exactly, it sure can throw a wrench into your Animal Kingdom touring plans. Be prepared & pack your patience.

If you are staying onsite, you may want to strongly consider attending the Pandora extra magic hours in the evening. It could free up your day to explore the rest of Animal Kingdom.

Over the opening weekend, 4 to 6-hour waits were reported for the Flight of Passage attraction. Yeesh!

Who’s taking a ride on the back of a banshee? (raises hands!) 

 

e World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom FastPass Dates announced. Book Pandora FastPasses