The website has provided quite a bit of coverage of the opening of Pandora – World of Avatar, but I thought it would be prudent to update on how things are going operationally. As a reminder, here’s past correspondence:
- A review of the major quick service, Satu’li Canteen.
- A review of the boat ride, Na’vi River Journey.
- Pictures around Pandora.
- Pongu Pongu, the takeaway bar.
- Avatar Flight of Passage review, queue photos, and strategy.
- A followup review of Satu’li Canteen covering the items not previously reviewed, including the Tofu Bowl and Curry Bao.
- 140 pictures of merchandise in the Windtraders store pus some sass.
- Pandora World of Avatar Overarching Review.
- Pandora Rope Drop Touring Does Not Go Well.
- Pandora Rope Drop Touring Strategy That Goes Well.
- Part 2 Also Goes Well.
The news is all good. After the opening weekend, Pandora has not closed to capacity during the day at any point. And over the last eight days, neither Avatar Flight of Passage or Na’vi River Journey have closed to capacity in the late hours.
On a Friday.
We’ll head out to Magic Kingdom on the afternoon of Friday June 16, 2017, to check in on some hot dogs.
And a number of pictures that really have no business being this wide.
The website has enjoyed what might be referred to as “mixed results” at Coral Reef over the years. Like a lot of Disney restaurants, it relies on its setting to draw people in and the food often “feels” like an afterthought. But I had been hearing some very good things over the last few months, so I decided to give the undersea eatery another try after seeing that the menu had undergone significant change.
Disney Parks Blog even ran a post on the changes, though as an astute user on Twitter pointed out, they never actually comment on how good anything tastes – just that you can turn up the colors in Lightroom after the fact.
In Part One, we rope dropped Avatar Flight of Passage before heading to Na’vi River Journey both in standby and with FastPass+. Then it was off to Expedition Everest in Asia and then over to DinoLand for Primeval Whirl, DINOSAUR, and TriceraTop Spin. In this post, we’ll return to Discovery Island before trying a “Shaved Ice” at Harambe Market, stopping in to see Festival of the Lion King, riding Kilimanjaro Safaris, using mobile order at Satu’li Canteen, and hoping against hope that Kali River Rapids is down when it’s time to use FastPass+ there.
Looking at wait times over the course of the day:
I was surprised by how light crowds were for the most part. Everest doesn’t hit 20 minutes until 10:30am, or a full 2.5 hours after Park open. DINOSAUR isn’t above 10 minutes for more than two hours before going down for an hour and a half. Safaris’ overall average wait is just 17 minutes. Na’vi River Journey never hits triple digits and neither it nor Flight of Passage close to capacity at any point in the evening. River Journey even posts a zero minute wait for a half an hour to close out the night. And the weather was pretty nice until 3:30pm, when a serious storm that lasted about two hours steamrolled through the area. But I would have expected heavier crowds and longer wait times given this is the start of the summer season and Pandora is just two weeks young. And granted, Sunday is a popular travel day and we’re in between two morning Extra Magic Hours, but I would have expected more people in attendance.