Na’vi River Journey – A Short Ride Through a Complex World

Fast Passes are definitely a plus when making plans to visit the newest Disney World Pandora adventure Na’vi River Journey which is located within the Valley of Mo’ara.

I was lucky to snatch up some passes for a Sunday, which seems to be the least crowded day

Reed Boats

of the week. The lines for the Na’vi River Journey were 80 minutes long, so it was a pleasure to whiz past the crowds and board the reed boat within 5 minutes. From what I’ve read the boats were built by the Alpha Centauri Expeditions using Na’vi techniques. The journey begins with an introduction to many  sites and sounds while your boat is greeted by a Na’vi warrior who grants passage to the human voyagers. After a short ride past bioluminescent plants and spinning spawns you encounter some animals, each traveling in the direction of the river while you hear the faint sound of distant music. As you make a turn in the river you come upon the Shaman of Songs who is almost 10 feet tall and is playing her instrument and singing. 

Designed and built by Walt Disney Imagineering, the Shaman of Songs figure is the most advanced and complex animatronic ever seen in a theme-park. She moves with grace and almost looks like she could reach out to you at any moment. It’s truly a wonderful ride and is up there with the best of them due to the complexity of the Shaman of Songs. I give it an 8 out of 10 on the Disney scale.


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Donald McCloskey

I’m currently retired! Yay! I worked 30 years as a Product Manager and Vice President for a major Securities Clearing Bank. I was Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York and moved to Downtown Orlando with my partner on July 4th of 2004. I love to travel and have been to many places in Asia and Europe as well as exotic places like Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Australia. I’m a computer geek, avid photographer, artist and I play guitar. I've been to every Disney Them Park in the world and have been to Disney World an estimate of 250 times, but more time than I can remember. Living in Orlando gives me the opportunity to visit as often as I want.

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