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Pandora: World of Avatar November 27, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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On a recent visit to Pandora (at Disney’s Animal Kingdom), we saw floating mountains, a bioluminescent rainforest, and rode on the back of amazing flying creatures.

As we entered the park, a rather anemic looking Roseate Spoonbill singing for his supper encouraged us to find a quiet spot to enjoy our lunch before touring the World of Pandora . . .

After lunch, we ran into this blue-skinned beauty in the Na’vi Emporium . . .

The Na’vi live in the forest around the Valley of Mo’ara where they enjoy a strong connection with nature ~ with some very interesting plants.

These reminded me of Jack-In-The-Pulpits . . .

Panopyra (which look like upside down mushrooms) capture water and minerals from dew and fog.  The resulting liquid is used by the Na’vi as a healing drink.

Here’s a Grinch Tree with a twisted trunk and dozens of bluish bioluminescent leaves pointed to the sun.

Vein Pods help detoxify the atmosphere and maintain stability in environment.

The Puffball Tree purifies the atmosphere; its leaves are harvested for salt.

The Dapophet (which looks like Aloe) has fat leaves at the top of the plant which have healing powers.  The leaves along the stem, which store water, are used by Na’vi as portable hydration.

We couldn’t get a Fast Pass for Avatar Flight of Passage, but hopped in line after lunch to fly on the back of a banshee and enjoy a 3-D ride above the vast moon.  Time flew as we passed through a Pandoran laboratory, which included this Na’vi floating in a large test tube . . .

Avatar Flight of Passage is similar to Soarin’ at Epcot, but a bit more thrilling as riders fly by obstacles, skirting them at the last second.  My favorite part of the ride including “sailing” over the sea and “surfing” the curl of a wave on the back of my banshee.  Very fun.

As we exited the ride, the sound of drumbeats drew us to the Swota Way Na’vi Drum Ceremony . . .

As the drums stilled, we left Pandora and headed for Asia . . .

First, we wandered through Maharajah Jungle Trek admiring live and carved animals . . .

Then we headed over to Kali River Rapids, unsure about whether we wanted to get wet since temps were in the low 70’s.

We peered over the bridge at the participants shooting down the chute . . .

It looked like it could be fun . . .

With a chance of getting drenched . . .

We decided to chance it.  I pulled on my Audobon hooded wind breaker.  BFF pulled on a flimsy poncho purchased for a buck at the Dollar Store.

We headed down the queue, enjoying the sites and sounds . . .

We made it ~ damp, but not too soggy!

After exiting the ride, we went to the front of the line and offered BFF’s slightly ripped poncho to a group of riders readying to board.

The young Brit who claimed it issued a quick, “Brilliant!”

After wandering through Africa, where we enjoyed Burudika and the Festival of the Lion King show, we headed back to Pandora for the Na’vi River Journey ~ a calm relaxing boat ride down a mystical Pandoran river hidden within the bioluminescent rain forest.  The ride includes a darkened network of caves, glowing plants, and amazing creatures.

Think “It’s A Small World” without the singing.  Instead the Na’vi Shaman of Songs chants as 3-D viperwolves with 6 legs and opposable thumbs run through the CG backdrop.

As dark descended, we exited stage left . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Jill Weatherholt - November 27, 2017

Thanks for sharing your day with us, Nancy. It looks like a lot of fun!

nrhatch - November 27, 2017

We had a good day . . . just walking around the park. The Pandora rides are OK as long as the wait isn’t interminable.

2. Kate Crimmins - November 27, 2017

Sounds great. I haven’t been there in at least 10 years and there is a lot of new stuff. I remember “It’s a Small World.” It became an ear worm that was hard to get rid of!

nrhatch - November 27, 2017

We haven’t done “It’s a Small World” since the World’s Fair back in the 60’s ~> and the song’s still in our heads. 😀

3. L. Marie - November 27, 2017

It’s been ages since I saw the movie in 3D. I wonder if they will add to the display when the sequels start.

nrhatch - November 27, 2017

They might. Pandora is an interesting world to wander ~ or fly ~ through. Maybe I’ll ask for a banshee for Christmas. 😀

4. Val Boyko - November 27, 2017

It does look brilliant Nancy! I loved Avatar the movie. A great message to the world.

nrhatch - November 27, 2017

Yes! The Na’vi are my kind of “people.”

5. joyroses13 - November 28, 2017

What Fun! I always loved the “Small World” ride and started singing the song as soon as you mentioned it.

nrhatch - November 28, 2017

We are visiting Magic Kingdom in a few weeks to check out the Christmas decorations and other holiday hoopla . . . we got fast passes to ride “It’s a Small World.” 😀

6. Debra - December 6, 2017

Your description was so good, Nancy, that I feel like I was there to experience it myself! What a fun day!

nrhatch - December 6, 2017

Thanks, Debra. We had a wonderful day with perfect weather.

Hope our luck continues ~> we are headed to the Magic Kingdom today to see the holiday decor.


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