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It's a big summer for new  attractions in Orlando, from theme parks to dining and beyond! One of the  most exciting among them is Disney's Pandora - The World of AVATAR at Animal  Kingdom, the largest expansion in the park's history.  There's a ton of brand new things to do and  see here, but don't stress! We've got the scoop on how to experience the best  of this new attraction, from start to finish. Here are our best tips: 

 

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1. Talk to the "Experts" 

One of the most amazing elements of Pandora is that you don't have to know anything about the movie, storyline or characters of AVATAR to enjoy this new realm. Whether you've never even seen the film, or you remember it well and are curious how the hostile environment from the silver screen is now open for "interstellar tourism," there's so much to explore and discuss. Look no further than one of the roaming members of the fictional Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), or "scientists" from the Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI) for an enlightening and entertaining introduction to the area. You can ask questions about the pseudo-science of it all, get a crash course in some of the weird flora and fauna of the Valley of Mo'ara or learn about the Na'vi people. Before you know it, you'll be swept up into the story, becoming immersed in the adventure yourself.
 

 

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2. Time Your Visit

Timing is key to make the most of your visit here. While breathtaking in the daylight, Pandora becomes an enchanting playground at night, full of bioluminescent flowers, glowing paths and a whole different kind of beauty not to be missed. Here's our advice: head over right before sunset, and see it both ways! Bonus: as the floating mountains catch the last of the sun, and the world around you sparkles in the twilight, you can't ask for a better view.  

 

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3. Save Room for Unusual Eats

With lots of options across the Disney parks for food and drinks, it can be hard not to go for the first Mickey Mouse bar you see, but make sure you save room for some of the new, exotic treats available in the Valley of Mo'ara. Head to the Pongu Pongu snack stand for some beverages beyond this world, like the signature Night Blossom, featuring layers of limeade, apple and desert pear slushie topped with passion fruit boba balls. Looking for something with a kick? Try the frozen Mo'ara Margarita, with Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila, Strawberry and Blood Orange flavors, topped with Strawberry Boba Balls. Two types of beer are also on offer, including the emerald green Hawkes' Grog Ale.



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4. Get Up Close - Or Even Become - a Na'vi

They're big, they're blue, and you can even become one too! "Go native" as a Na'vi in the east side of the valley for Na'vi face painting. Discover the best Na'vi photo opp inside the queue line for the "Avatar Flight of Passage" ride, with an up-close view of just how big they are! And, for the ultimate Na'vi experience, you can even become one by having your face mapped and printed onto your very own Avatar action figure, for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.


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5. Seek out the Interactive Elements

The two rides inside Pandora are as thrilling as they are beautiful, from the musical family-friend "Na'vi River Journey" to the heart-pounding joy of "Avatar Flight of Passage". Yet beyond the main attractions, Pandora offers a world worth exploring. Like a national park, you can wander among the "natural" splendor, taking it all in, and discovering even more delights. Look for the massive plant right at the entry to the valley, called a Flaska Reclinata. If you pet the inner shell of the plant, it sprays mist high into the air! Deeper in, you might stumble upon a small pond, home to alien creatures that occasionally squirt water at anyone waving their arms around... Little details like this make the rich universe come to life, ensuring you get the full experience of a visit to Pandora.

 

Find even more insider tips and details on all the new attractions in Orlando on our blog.


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Written by Cory O’Born, Communications Associate Representative at Visit Orlando. She enjoys puns, getting lost in foreign countries, petting every dog she sees and uncovering hidden gems in her hometown of Orlando.

 

 

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