Now that Pandora officially opened on May 27, 2017 you might want to immerse yourself into the Na’Vi experience and become a Na’vi-human hybrid (Avatar) as part of the the Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE Team) before you go! If you have no idea what that means you better rent a copy of “Avatar” and lock yourself in for the day and catch up on the movie. You don’t want to visit Pandora as a novice Tawtute (Human)!
First, in order to respect the Na’vi people, you must learn some simple Na’vi phrases. This respect will get you far with the natives. If you want to totally immerse yourself in the experience, then pick up a Na’vi translator when it’s released or search for a web site that lists the Na’vi dictionary of over 500 words. For the basics, the typical greeting hello is kaltxì: [kal.”t’I]; thanks is irayo: [i.”Ra.jo] and please is rutxe: [Ru.”t’E]. So there you go! You are all set!
I was fortunate to see Pandora a few days after opening and I was able to purchase the special “2017-05-27 Grand Opening” Passholder T-shirt but the pins were gone! There was a long line to get into Windtraders, which is located in the Valley of Mo’ara. Inside you can pick up your own pet Banshee. So I’ll will revisit it the next time I go. Same for the rides, I couldn’t book fastpasses this time, but I have some for a few weeks from now.
You can get a healthy, balanced meal at Satu’li Canteen which is “quick service” that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the items we ordered is something called “Food pods” one of which is described as a Cheeseburger and is similar to a Chinese Bun (“Bao”) stuffed with a combination of hamburger meat, cheese, ketchup/mustard and relish. We also ordered a customized Sustainable Fish Bowl with panko breaded fish topped with crunchy vegetable slaw and Boba Balls served with your choice of Sauce. They also have some beautiful looking deserts or “Ber’ri”. For the adults there are some cool drinks like Dreamwalker Sangria. To get your food quicker, use the Disney App to order your food in advance and pick it up at the pre-order station.
After stuffing yourself with some healthy food you can enjoy the floating mountains, glowing fauna and squirting sea creatures while exploring this wonderful new world. Of course there’s the two new rides, “Avatar Flight of Passage” which is a 3D ride on a banshee over the moons of Pandora and the “Na’vi River Journey” where you jump into a reed boat and float down a river passing bioluminescent plants and creatures while hunting for the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.
Extended Theme Park Hours
For a limited time from May 27 to July 4, 2017, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park will be open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, giving you more time than ever to explore Pandora – The World of Avatar.