Pandora-The World of Avatar


Pandora, the World of Avatar is small but mighty. The attention to details in every aspect of this land carries through to the food and beverage options.

Snacks and beverages

Pongu Pongu is the place in Pandora, The World of Avatar to grab a drink or the land’s signature snack. Pongu Pongu means “Party Party” in the Na’vi language. A place where the Na’vi and friends from Earth cam come together and celebrate.

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The drinks are very festive to go along with the theming of the land. There are two frozen options. The first is the Night Blossom which is a non-alcoholic option. The Night Blossom is a mix of Limeade with apple and desert pear flavors, all topped off with passion fruit boba balls. It can be purchased with or without a souvenir Pongu Mug complete with a glowing Unadelta seed. This “seed” is a clip on so you can use it on other glasses if you so choose to. The colors of this drink are vibrant with bright purple and green and a splash of yellow from the boba balls on top.

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The Mo’ara Margarita mixes Sauza Commemorative Anejo Tequila with strawberry and blood orange flavors. It is also topped with strawberry boba balls. I felt this option had nothing particularly special about it. It tasted like a Strawberry margarita. I did not taste the blood orange expect for the added sweetness I felt the drink had.

Mo’ara High Country Ale and Hawke’s Grog are your two beer choices.  Both these options were good but I preferred the Hawke’s Grog. So much so, I had a second! They’re both fairly light and well described in the board when ordering. The High-Country Ale was a little hoppier if you like that in your beer.

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The already much talked about Pongu Lumpia is the only option for a snack. Lumpia is a popular street food in Indonesia and the Philippines. I liken it to an egg roll ad typically filled with meat and veggies. Pongu Pongu has a sweet twist with pineapple and cream cheese-filled spring roll finished off with a sprinkle of sugar. This is all the rage right now and is a must have while visiting this land in my opinion.

 

Satu’li Canteen

For the hungrier visitors, your option in Pandora, The World of Avatar is Satu’li Canteen. This is a quick service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner but we are only going to look at the lunch and dinner menus as this is what I experienced.

The main entrees everyone is talking about are the “build Your Own Bowl” and the Cheeseburger pods.

Build Your own bowl is a game changer in the parks for those looking for a healthier option. You pick your protein, your base, and your sauce. Salmon was our fish that day and I tried that as well as chicken and beef. I added the chimichurri sauce and it was delicious with the whole grain rice. I am very sensitive to sodium and these types of meals can have too much but I found it to be very well seasoned without overdoing it.

The cheeseburger pods are very interesting in texture and I was hesitant. It is a lot of dough! But the filling was pleasantly tasty. It was a cross between a cheeseburger and a meaty skillet entrée. The pod encasing it was a very soft bread and didn’t really have flavor. The crunch to the slaw that accompanied it was a nice companion to the soft entrée and had good flavor. I do believe this will be a huge hit with the younger guests to the land.

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I did not try any of the signature drinks but have heard from someone else on our team that the Sangria was not only a strange blue color but not something she felt most would enjoy. The combination of the super sweetness and the wine, did not mix well. There are Banshee wine options and many thought these were nice choices on a hot day.

The two desserts are a Blueberry Cream Chess Mousse and a Chocolate cake.  The Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse was a tarter choice but wonderful in texture. The chocolate cake was surprisingly lighter in sweetness. It is not a super sweet chocolate option. It was more like a mousse inside and the dark chocolate flavor had a very strong cocoa flavor.

Overall, as a healthy eater, this is my new favorite in quick service restaurants in the parks. You have choices and it is different than anything else on property. Make sure to use the app and pre-order to bypass the lines so you can enjoy more of Pandora, The Word of Avatar.

Contact your Ears of Experience agent today to see all that Pandora, The Word of Avatar has to offer.

 

 

 

The availability of FastPasses for two attractions in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom seems to have guests thinking two things: “Hooray” and “Now what do I do?”

It is understandably very hard to know which ride to select a FastPass+ for when both options are brand new and information about them is so scarce. We hope the information below will let you make an educated choice during FastPass+ selection.

The Attractions

Na’vi River Journey

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Climb aboard a reed boat and drift downstream along the Na’vi River through the mysterious and beautiful world of Pandora. Towards the end of your journey through this bioluminescent rainforest you will meet up with the Shaman of Songs. This boat ride attraction has no height requirements and will be fun for the whole family.

 

Avatar Flight of Passage

 

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Explore the landscape of the moon on the back of a mountain banshee. This exciting attraction takes you to new heights, and the individual banshees have been promised to move and feel like living creatures. There is a 44” height requirement to enjoy this thrilling ride. This ride employs technology that is similar to that used in Soarin’, but the height requirement and information shared about the attraction so far indicates this will be a more intense ride.

Which FastPass+ to Select

If you plan to enjoy both attractions, Avatar Flight of Passage will likely end up being the more valuable FastPass+ to hold. This is simply due to projected loading times for each ride. Na’vi River Journey is being described as a family boat ride and the vehicles appear to be similar to the boats used in Pirates of the Caribbean. Hopefully this ride will have the same high capacity that Pirates of the Caribbean does and the line for this ride will move continuously.

Avatar Flight of Passage is being described as similar to Soarin’ – however, guests will be seated on the backs of individual mountain banshees. Although queue times for Soarin’ at Epcot have gotten shorter after the addition of the third theater, the nature of this attraction and the fact that the theatres are naturally going to have a lower capacity means that this line will probably not move continuously. Therefore, this ride seems likely to have longer standby lines and to be a better use of a FastPass+ selection.

The Bottom Line

Both rides are likely to be extremely popular – therefore, either choice will be a great FastPass+ to hold. Since the attractions in Pandora – The World of Avatar will be the newest in Animal Kingdom (and Walt Disney World in general), the queues will be lengthy all day beginning shortly after park opening. Whichever Pandora attraction you select a FastPass+ for, plan to arrive at park opening and enjoy the other one first – or, for a limited time, Disney Resort guests can enjoy them both during special evening “extra magic hours.”

Bonus Tip

Don’t forget that you can still select a FastPass+ for the Rivers of Light evening show in addition to one of the Pandora options! This is a great idea for everyone who doesn’t have a Rivers of Light dining package since standby wait times for these shows are excessive and seating in standby sections is extremely limited.

Heather Balbi

Heather Balbi is one of our travel specialists for all Disney destinations.