After months of hyping, Disney World just debuted a brand new section of the Animal Kingdom theme park. The new “Pandora: World of Avatar” section of the park is based on James Cameron’s 2009 $3 billion hit movie “Avatar.”
The park area features stunning “floating mountains,” two new attractions, a merchandise store, and two eateries.
Those who had secured FastPasses, Disney’s ride-reservation system, were allowed to skip that mammoth line at their appointed times.
Within a half-hour of entering Pandora, Molly Juba was riding Flight of Passage. The simulator ride “made me feel a little queasy, but it was so well done,” said Juba, who lives in Franklin, Tenn.
But she said she wasn’t willing to deal with what “looked like a three-hour wait” just to get into the Windtraders store for merchandise.
The line outside Pandora dwindled by late afternoon, even though the striking glow-in-the-dark flora of Pandora had only been seen by a handful of observers during this month’s previews.
“I’m looking forward to seeing something different than what you would normally see,” said Carolina Ferrer, a Walt Disney World annual passholder from Miami. “Usually we wouldn’t come to Animal Kingdom, really. It was kind of like our last-resort park, but now I think it’s a priority to come.”
Early arrivals were also among the first to exit Pandora. Matthew Smith and his family traveled from Hershey, Pa., for a Florida vacation in a Disney World hotel. Saturday was their last full day in town.