Pandora – The World of Avatar has been open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a little over a week now and there is so much to see and do, we had to break it up into different blog posts! Today, we’ll be focusing on the thrill ride Avatar Flight of Passage.
If you always wanted to know what it felt like to fly on one of the banshees from the Avatar film, this ride is as close as you’ll ever get. The all new expedition lets explorers climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking view over the gorgeous Pandora landscape below.
In order to understand Flight of Passage, we first have to look at the land itself. Pandora - the World of Avatar takes place 100 years since the events featured in the film and people now visit Pandora to learn about its exotic plants and wildlife. For years humans abused the land, harming Pandora’s fragile ecosystem until a group called the Pandora Conservation Initiative began to track the world’s various keystone species – specific animals or plants that support the ecosystem as a whole. One of those is the Banshee, who lives in Pandora’s floating mountains. As a result PCI has begun using an updated version of the avatar mind-linking technology to monitor their progress.
The journey begins long before you get on a banshee. In fact, the queue itself is quite impressive and takes you along a hiking trail, which offers gorgeous views of the park’s floating mountains and the valley below. Eventually you find yourself inside a cave filled with old paintings from Na’vi history. As you walk the bioluminescent jungle takes over the ruins and an incredibly detailed landscape is revealed.
As you wait you will come across a multitude of small science experiments. Then you will learn how you will be linked to your avatars, which offers views of some of the more impressive details in the entire land.
Given 3D glasses, audiences face a giant 3D screen, with chairs pivoting and tilting to recreate the feeling of plummeting down the face of a cliff, or wrapping around a mountain. Wind and sprays are felt as you fly and you get to meet your banshee as well as some Na’vi and you will be amazed at how real the feeling of flight is as you soar.
Fly with the banshees on one of the most thrilling rides at Animal Kingdom with Pandora’s Flight of Passage, and be sure to save with discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Best of Orlando.
Orlando, FL – 6/8/17
By: Jena Pugh