Pandora – The World of Avatar opened May 27 to some pretty big crowds. Most people spent the day waiting in line to either get on a ride or get into Pandora itself.
The Na’vi River Journey had the lesser wait time of the two rides, so that’s the one I opted to try. There was a 90 minute wait, which really wasn’t too bad for an opening day ride, so I hopped on line and started following the crowd through the queue line.
The queue line started outside and had you pass by some of the exotic plants that call Pandora home. Something else you will find along the queue line are plenty of fans. These will be helpful on those hot Florida days.
Eventually, the queue line will end up inside a big hut-like structure. The queue line continues to wind while you are inside and in true Disney fashion you don’t really know how much it twists and turns. Throughout the queue line you can look around and see all the fun details that Disney has included. It’s not an interactive queue line, but it’s still fun to look around at all the items found on Pandora and see how they incorporated nature into the design and build of the structure.
Once you get to the cast member at the podium you will be let into a hallway that leads to the boats. This hallway is not long, so once you reach this point you are very close to getting on your boat. The loading area keeps with the theme very well and the reed boats are designed to look like you are going on an adventure.
After you sit in your boat your journey through the caves will begin. It’s a slow moving boat ride, so don’t expect an adrenaline rush with this one. However, the technology used for this ride is amazing. As you float through the caves you will see how colorful the rainforest is. There are things to look at all around you for the entire boat ride. Keep an eye out for the viperwolf, it’s a pretty cool site to see!
The most impressive part comes near the end of your journey. The Na’vi Shaman of Songs animatronic is the most fluid moving animatronic I had ever seen. She looks real!
I’m glad I waited in line to ride this attraction, it’s very impressive. The ride itself lasts about five minutes and is pretty relaxing. Of the two new rides Flight of Passage seems to be the more popular attraction, so the Na’vi River Journey attraction wait times will probably always be less.
Check out the Na’vi River Journey below.
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