There is a new 'land' in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom and it's named Pandora! Based on the movie Avatar, this new experience is a stunning recreation of some of the gorgeous and complex landscapes from the fictional lush planet. It is reported to have cost $500 million dollars to build and it's not difficult to see why when you walk through the incredible land. There are two main attractions to enjoy, the first being a boat ride that is magical and enchanting as you journey through a bioluminescent rainforest. The second is one of the most extraordinary rides I've ever taken!
Avatar Flight of Passage is unlike any other 3D experience as you ride on the back of a mountain banshee. I won't spoil it with details but I loved every second of it. We were lucky to have FastPasses but I think the 2 hour stand-by wait time would be worth it. It is an incredible feeling of flying and there are so many details that are just mind-blowing. I can't begin to explain how unique and exhilarating those 5 minutes are and I am still mesmerized!
Our trip was a wonderful chance for our whole family to be together and we had the best time. As always, as hard-core Disney fans, we enjoyed all the different aspects of the vacation, from food, to parks, to resort. Oh, and the food! Before we left I watched so many Disney Food Blog videos with tons of advice and enticing suggestions. I was so pumped to try new snacks and foods we hadn't before and it was amazing to actually finally get to taste everything.
A few highlights were: the pineapple upside down cake with Dole whip, the All American sundae with peanut butter and chocolate, the giant chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich, and beignets. Yum! We also enjoyed cupcakes and chocolate covered marshmallow rice cereal treats, poutine with bacon cheddar sauce (for the non-vegetarians), mango pie, and of course, the usual popcorn which is still incredible! So not the healthiest fare but we did walk almost 100 km during our six days there. It was all terrific!
This year was special because I was also super excited to be able to pick up some park-exclusive Pandora charms. I will share those in another post but safe to say it was a Pandora-filled trip, with both the attraction and the jewelry being front and centre in my magical wishes. It all went too fast but now I am home I can re-live the memories with photos and gorgeous souvenirs...