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Pandora World of Avatar FastPass+ Strategies and Tips

by Tad on June 20, 2017 62 Orlando

Pandora World of Avatar FastPass Tips

Kaltxì, interplanetary adventurers! No doubt you've hopped here for the latest intel on visiting Pandora — The World of Avatar. Departures from Disney's Animal Kingdom are well underway. We've spent a good amount of time hopping around Pandora and can say the land is toadally cool. It is truly an amazing experience. The crowds have been amazing as well ... as in long standby wait times. Not to worry, we're here to help with our Avatar FastPass + strategies and tips!

If you're looking for the full scoop on everything you will find inside the new Avatar land, hop over to our guide to Pandora.

Now onto Our BEST Pandora World of Avatar FastPass+ Strategies and Tips!

1. Use FastPass+ for the Avatar Rides

Pandora World of Avatar Fastpass Tips - Avatar Flight of Passage Fastpass Signage

Both of Pandora's rides—Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey—are available for FastPass+. Due to the high interest, guests are only allowed to reserve ONE of these two attractions per day. They will then have the option to select two other FastPass+ reservations.

For FastPass+, the priority is Avatar Flight of Passage. This one is much tougher to get. (Bear in mind if you get a FastPass+ reservation for it, you will skip the cool queue elements.) For your other two FastPass+ picks, we recommend Kilimanjaro Safaris or Kali River Rapids.

2. Visit Pandora—The World of Avatar during Morning Extra Magic Hours

This strategy requires rising at hours you wouldn't normally while on vacation (as well as tons of caffeine). However, these inconveniences can pay off big time. Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom allow Disney World Resort guests to enter the park one hour before official opening (check the Crowd Calendar for your specific dates). Hours are normally 8 a.m to 9 a.m.

We visited Pandora—The World of Avatar on June 3, one week after its grand opening. Extra Magic Hours were from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. As heavy advocates of arriving at the park before the gates open, we hopped off the parking lot tram at 6:30 a.m.

Pandora World of Avatar Fastpass - Extra Magic Crowds

The above photo was taken at 6:50 a.m. on the main entrance bridge to Pandora. We were led into the land shortly after—gasping at the floating mountains—while following the masses en route to the entrance to Avatar Flight of Passage.  From there, we traveled into the extensive queue and, for the most part, NEVER STOPPED until we reached the point where riders are grouped for boarding into either the upper or lower link chambers.

After experiencing that attraction, we hopped over to the queue for Na'vi River Journey. We weaved our way through the queue at a leisurely pace, not as brisk as the walk through Flight of Passage. A short 15 to 20 minutes later, we made our way into the boarding area and sailed down the river.

What was our total time to experience both attractions without using FastPass+? ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES. By the time we emerged from Na'vi River Journey, the latecomers and non-resort hotel guests had arrived, bumping wait times on both rides. We'd seen BOTH in less than 90 minutes.

The morning Extra Magic Hour is a great idea for those of you who are unable to secure a Fastpass+ reservation for either attraction. Once the extra Extra Magic Hours end July 4, the a.m. Extra Magic Hours become your best chance to see the rides with shorter waits.

Already grab a Fastpass+? Great! Consider arriving for the morning Extra Magic Hours, experience the Avatar rides and visit the rest of Animal Kingdom. Or if you have a later Fastpass, head back to the hotel and take a nap.

3. Use the Nighttime Extra Magic Hours if You're Staying On-Site Between May 27 and July 4 

Pandora World of Avatar Fastpass - Coronado Springs Room

If you are staying on-site at a Disney World hotel (or the Swan or Dolphin) during these dates, you can experience these rides during evening Extra Magic Hours. You will still encounter higher waits, but less so than during regular hours. You could still make Avatar Flight of Passage your first FastPass+ priority and then ride again in the evening if you wanted to experience it twice.

One thing of note from the first few days of Pandora's opening: Disney closed the standby lines for Na'vi River Journey and Flight of Passage around 8:30 or 9:00 p.m., depending on the wait time. Guests currently in line got to experience the attraction. At 11:00 p.m., both attractions were re-opened for Extra Magic Hours until 1:00 a.m.

5. Make Your Avatar FastPass+ Reservations Early, Especially If You're Staying Off Site or Can't Go During EMH

If you're staying off site or can't use the Extra Magic Hours, make sure to book reservations when your window opens at the 30-day mark. If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. If this fails, plan to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom on a day when morning Extra Magic Hours are not being held. Arrive at least 45 minutes before the park opens. When it does, make Flight of Passage your first stop and then Na’Vi River Journey.

6. Consider a Second Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Pandora World of Avatar Fastpass - Family on Na'Vi River Journey

It’s safe to say with the additions of Pandora and Rivers of Light that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has become a “full-day” park. But it’s still too early to tell for sure if it’s a two-day park. But for guests determined to experience the new Pandora attractions, especially during the busy summer months, visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom over two days is another option. This makes even more sense for those with Park Hopper tickets. You would aim to make Flight of Passage your priority FastPass+ reservation the first day and then Na’vi River Journey the priority FastPass+ reservation the second day.

Avatar Fastpass - Pandora Floating Mountains

7. Use a Park Plan

Our Disney's Animal Kingdom park plan on the site and our Orlando planning app for iPhone have been reconfigured to include Pandora.

8. Get Familiar with the Environment

Disney Avatar Tips - Pandora Floating Mountains

First things first. We all know the reason anyone visits Pandora. It’s not for the killer rides or the unique snacks. It’s for the prime photo-op in front of the famous floating mountains. Want to know the best place? Right past Nomad Lounge after you go through the entrance. Hop right at the fork in the path. This is the most awesome location in Pandora to get a full shot of the mountains in all of their glory. The best part? A Disney PhotoPass photographer is usually on duty to get that special shot for you. Don’t forget to request a magic shot, where a certain Pandoran creature may be found soaring high above.

Disney Avatar Tips - Bridge in Valley of Mo'ara

Just beyond this photo-op is a set of stairs leading to a small bridge that will give you a closer look at the mountains as well as the aquatic and plant life below you. Check out the Sagittari in the small pond. Another great photo spot is directly in front of Pongu Pongu Lounge, where you can get another great mountain shot as well as a selfie with an Amplified Mobility Platform, as seen in the movie!

One time-saving Disney Avatar tip you'll want to remember is that there are two entrances into Pandora. The main entrance—most convenient for those of you “rope-dropping”— is right past Tiffins and Nomad Lounge. The second available pathway into Pandora is off of Harambe Bridge near Festival of the Lion King in Africa. Both of these locations are entrances and exits. For less traffic, I recommend heading toward the path less followed at Harambe Bridge. This path will lead you straight to the dining area and closer to Avatar Flight of Passage … the perfect combo.

Disney Avatar Tips - Pandora at Night

As for what time of day to visit Avatar land, it’s important to see the best of both worlds. Go right before dusk, so you can see the beauty of Pandora in the sunlight as well as the magic of the bioluminescent plants shining at night.

9. Speak the Native Language

Whenever you run into a cast member… or excuse me, an Alpha Centauri Expeditions team member … be sure to ask how to speak Na’vi! You’ll notice right away that some foreign words are being used throughout the land. You are free to learn with help from the ACE team or a Na'vi translation device you can buy. Here are a few words to help you get started.

  • Kaltxí means “Hello”
  • Oeru syaw … means “My name is …”
  • Oel ngati kameie means “I see you” (The proper way to greet a banshee!)

10. Know Where to Sit on the Avatar Rides

Disney Avatar Tips - Navi River Journey

Even as a frog who spends every day splashin’ in a pond, I was blown away by the visual effects and cool natural aspects of the movie "Avatar." All of this greatness comes to life in Na’vi River Journey. On your way onto this slow boat ride, take note of the unique queue. When you enter the covered area, you’ll notice that the ceiling is woven by the Na’vi themselves. There is a center portion that is woven blue and leads you to the entrance, with neat displays along the way. This is representative of the journey you are about to take on the ride as you travel to meet the Shaman. You’ll find similar handmade, woven Na’vi art throughout Pandora.

I recommend snagging a front row spot so you can have an unobstructed view of every creature, bioluminescent plant and special effect that consumes this ride. There are two rows per boat, and two boats loading at a time … which means rows one or three are your best options when they are loading. It’s worth asking the last ACE Team Member (the one who asks how many are in your party) if you can have a front row. Each row of the boat holds three to four people, depending on how fully grown your frog squad is!

Disney Avatar Tips - Pandora Flight of Passage banshee Skull

The part of Pandora I was most blown away by was Avatar Flight of Passage. The amazement starts long before you get on the ride. The Flight of Passage queue … wow, there is a lot to take in! The first portion has a very natural Na’vi vibe as you walk through caves covered in their paintings. There is even a hand-woven banshee outside! But as you go further, you’ll be in ACE territory. After all, flying on a banshee is all part of an experiment … so you’ll walk through a lab straight out of the movie. All of those experiments are REAL. Toadally. Take your time to gaze at all of the experiments and test tubes, and especially the Avatar itself, floating in a tube ready for transport. You’ll spot a banshee skull too … I never knew how big those things were! Even the handrails are ACE-branded. Quick tip: There’s a water bottle refill station toward the middle of the queue. You know we frogs love to stay hydrated and eco-friendly.

Disney Avatar Tips - Flight of Passage Water Fountain

THIS PART CONTAINS SPOILERS. The great part about Avatar Flight of Passage is that there’s not a bad seat. There is just one row—so no pressure to get in a certain position. Once you’ve been counted off and let through to the ride portion, be ready to wait. But don’t worry, it’s fun! You’ll get a couple how-to videos on the fascinating process of linking to an Avatar to experience your banshee flight, be matched to a Na’vi, and get a little bit of background on the experience. The seat for this ride is very much like a motorcycle (I imagine, anyway … Mommy Frog won’t let me ride one!) so it’s like you are really riding a banshee. If you aren’t too distracted by the mesmerizing views of Pandora as you’re soaring around, you’ll even notice that you can feel the banshee breathing below you. CRAZY … and so cool. Be sure to look in every direction rather than just straight forward to truly take in the environment. OK, SPOILERS DONE.

11. Go Standby the First Time 

Disney Avatar Tips - Flight of Passage Fastpass Queue

ACE has been thoughtful enough to install Disney's FastPass+ system in Pandora to help with lines. Anyhoo, as mentioned above using FastPass+ can definitely help alleviate some of the waits for these new rides. But take an Avatar tip from us and do the standby line for your very first experience on Flight of Passage. As we said, the queue is super cool and it sets up the story that you'll be experiencing. The FastPass+ queue—some of which is pictured above—isn't all that interesting and skips most of the cool stuff. That's a bummer. Scoop out a short wait—usually during the first hour the park is open—and make your way inside to Avatar Flight of Passage.

12. Sample Pandora's Sweet Treats

Disney Avatar Tips - Pongu Pongu Night Blossom

If you’re looking for a unique snack in Animal Kingdom, that is reason enough to make a pit stop in Pandora. Pongu Pongu Lounge is home to what is sure to be a modern Disney favorite like the Dole Whip or coveted Violet Lemonade … it is the Night Blossom. This frozen beverage is the most Instagram-worthy drink you’ll ever lay eyes on. Even better, it tastes just as good as it looks. Layers of apple and pear flavors are topped with Boba balls (Pandora’s signature garnish) to make a perfectly sweet and sour drink. Our tip? Split one of these among one or two of your frog pals. It is very sweet and might give you a bit of a brain freeze and/or sugar rush if consumed alone!

Disney Avatar Tips - Lumpia

Our next new favorite calls Pongu Pongu home as well. If you’ve ever had Pluto’s Cheese Blintzes at Chef Mickey’s … Pandora’s Pineapple Lumpia are the new and improved version, assuming you’re a pineapple fan. The golden crisp outside contains the sweet combination of cream cheese and pineapple. The pineapple isn’t overwhelming and is perfectly balanced with the other flavors. Yum!

Psst … take notice of all of the details that encompass Pongu Pongu. There are ACE team member tags hanging from the front of the shop, lost radios and more handmade Na’vi crafts.

13. Take a Selfie on the #mosswall

Disney Avatar Tips - Mosswall

Throughout Pandora, you'll find native Na'vi pottery, amazingly woven totems and other artifacts. It's an amazing way for the Na'vi to show us their culture and rituals. And what ritual have human travelers brought to share on Pandora? The #mosswall selfie!

All over Pandora, you'll find stone walls that have been overtaken with moss. Early visitors started taking selfies against these walls and posting on Instagram with #mosswall. One particular wall, located just in front of Windtraders, became the central hub for this photo op.

Sure enough, the hashtag made it's way across the internet, and the #mosswall craze caught on. So much that there's now a Disney PhotoPass cast member at that spot for photos with the famous #mosswall. Formal or selfie, take a few moments and add your legacy to the #mosswall phenomenon.

14. Use the Mobile Ordering

Disney Avatar Tips - Pandora Sat'uli Canteen Mobile Ordering

You know the MyDisneyExperience app is your hub for Fastpass+. But now it's your key to unlocking the joy of mobile food ordering.

Satu'li Canteen inside Pandora is the first Disney World restaurant to feature mobile ordering. My frog family tried it on our visit to Pandora and were leaping with joy over how easy it was. Here’s how it works:

  1. Within the app, use the search tool to get to Satu’li Canteen. Select “Order Food.” (This is pretty self-explanatory so far, right?)
  2. Select the item(s) you would like to order. With certain meals, there will be customization options … such as what base and sauce you’d like in your Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl. You can add or remove ingredients as well, like if you want to skip the Boba balls. Once you’ve made your selections, click “+Add.”
  3. If you want to order food for your tadpoles as well, click the back arrow and select your next item. They may be interested in the Cheeseburger Steamed Pods – Bao Buns. This is much simpler, as you only have the option is doubling up on a certain side, rather than getting both the Vegetable slaw and chips.
  4. Click “Review Order” to make sure all of the details are correct, then click “Purchase.” You can place your order however early you desire on the day of your visit, and pick up whenever you’d like!
  5. When you’re frog family is ready for these Pandoran delicacies, head to the restaurant, go back into the app and click “I’m here” when you arrive. You may be tempted to complete this step early, but don’t! The team will get your food out immediately at the special mobile pick-up line. Voila!

The only current restrictions are that you cannot request special dietary needs or use dining plan credits via mobile ordering in the app.

15. Shop Like a Na’vi

Windtraders is the no. 1 shopping destination in Pandora. Located right between Pongu Pongu and at the exit of Flight of Passage, you could spend hours in here admiring the detail of the Na’vi goods. This spot has a fascinating combination of natural Na’vi souvenirs such as plants, jewelry and banshees, and more ACE-inspired gear such as glow-in-the-dark apparel.

Disney Avatar Tips - Windtraders Cell Phone Case

Lily and Mom’s favorite was the light-up clutch wallet that showcases a landscape of Pandora. I have to admit, it was super cool looking. But my favorite were the Na’vi figures, customized to match YOU! A scan of your face is completed, and then you can choose features in clothing to represent you, in Avatar form. How cool? I can’t decide which I want more … the custom figure or my own personal banshee! You can pick your banshee, name it, hold it on your shoulder, and watch it interact with yourself and others. These prized banshees have flown off of shelves, so they may or may not be available when you visit.

Disney Avatar Tips - Mountain Banshee

There are also tons of Na’vi-style apparel, including ears, tails, hair braids, and glow-in-the-dark shirts, hoodies and backpacks. You can practically transform into an Avatar character yourself. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also get your face painted at Colors of Mo’ara, where there are some of the greatest face painting options on Disney property.

Don’t worry, Windtraders stocks all of your classic souvenirs as well. Picture frames, stationery, toys and more will amaze you with their quality look and nod to Na’vi culture.

16. Discover the Details

Disney Avatar Tips - Sautuli Canteen

When you're inside Sau'tuli Canteen, take a break from your Cheeseburger Pods and take a look at some unique details from the Canteen's "past." One side of the wall features a photo of the Sau'tuli Caneen when it was an RDA mess hall. The photo features soldiers holding trays of food. Nearby, you'll see a framed photo of Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) Founder Mashall Laam. Next to the photo is a letter from Lamm printed on ACE letterhead. The letter details the day that ACE was granted permission to begin sending Earth visitors to Pandora. These little touches—stuff most guests don't event notice—make it feel "lived in" and add a deep dimension to the storytelling.

Disney Avatar Tips - Sautuli Canteen Letter

Find the Handprints

A friendly ACE Team member clued us into a hidden gem that most people pass by. Flight of Passage features four Link Chambers—A, B,C and D. Before being grouped for your link chamber, ask the ACE Team Member if you could use Chamber A or B. Don't worry, there is no difference in the experience using any of the chambers.

After your ride on Flight of Passage, you'll head down a staircase and head down a large cement-walled hallway. On the right side of this hallway, you'll see three red handprints with initials underneath.

Disney Avatar Tips - Flight of Passage Handprints

These handprints belong to the three creative minds behind the creation of Pandora—The World of Avatar. JC = James Cameron, writer/director of "Avatar," JL = John Landau, producer of "Avatar," and JR= Joe Rohde, executive designer and vice president, creative with Walt Disney Imagineering.  It was so cool to see this neat easter egg planted by three great creatives.

Whew! We know that's a lot to take in. So what questions do you have about Pandora? Do you plan on using FastPass+ for Pandora or take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours? Share your questions or plans in comments below! 

Related: Visitor's Guide to Pandora the World of Avatar

Stay Cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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K Vogue Mar 29, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.

We booking an Annual Passholder sneak peek. Hopefully it won't be overcrowded or we can get fast passes.

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Jen Apr 2, 2017 at 3:46 p.m.

Are fastpasses ever available during soft openings? We are visiting April 30-May 5.

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FrogBlog Apr 2, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.

Hi Jen,

It's possible there will be FastPass available during soft opening, but we don't know for sure.

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brennan May 22, 2017 at 12:16 a.m.

Don't worry, the lines will be short, they only allow about 100 people each day to a soft opening, I should know my brother went to one, and you basically walked through each line. HAVE FUN!!!

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Penny Apr 6, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

I note you’re betting on FOA being the best bet for a fastpass. However since both FOA and NRJ rides are new guests are likely to want to ride both. Have you factored in that FOA has a height restriction and so fewer people can ride it?

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FrogBlog Apr 6, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

Hi Penny,

Yes. If Na'Vi River Journey is like Pirates of the Caribbean and is able to move lots of guests quickly through, then there will be less of a need to reserve an FP+ for that attraction. Again, this is all subject to change once we hop in and see how things are.

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Stefani Apr 16, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.

How do you recommend Rivers of Light? FP+ or ADR package through Tiffins/Tusker House? I see major pros and cons of both.

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FrogBlog Apr 17, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.

Hi Stefani,

It really depends on your family's priority. In our experience, it makes more sense to use your FP+ for attractions such as Everest, Kali River Rapids and Kilimanjaro Safaris and try standby for Rivers of Light. If you want to enjoy a meal and save an FP+ reservation for an attraction, then the ADR is worth it.

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Susanne Apr 16, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

Once you experience the NaVi River Journey please let us know if there will be a boat that can accommodate a wheelchair. I'm really hoping so, like Small World or the Mexico boat ride. My daughter loves lights and I would hate if she can't experience it, she already misses out on Pirates and Frozen Ever After. I hope the Imagineers considered this and were able to apply it since it's described as a slow moving family ride.

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Noemi Peralta Apr 17, 2017 at 2:06 p.m.

Is NaVi River Journey going to be the same experience during the day as it would be at night? Just trying to see if we should plan to ride it during day hours or at night. Thank you.

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FrogBlog Apr 17, 2017 at 9:32 a.m.

Hi Noemi,

As of now, we don't know if Na'Vi River Journey is entirely indoors or if it has indoor/outdoor elements. We'll know more once guest previews start early next month.

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Stephanie May 27, 2017 at 10:40 p.m.

Na'vi River Journey is completely inside so. I difference riding during day or night.

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Tessa Apr 17, 2017 at 4:40 p.m.

Hello! I know that the Flight of Passage ride has height requirements, but have you heard anything about being able to ride it (or not) while pregnant? I know it is similar to Soarin', and with Soarin' they do not show being pregnant as a reason to not ride it. I was just curious - thank you!

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FrogBlog Apr 17, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.

Hi Tessa,

As of now, there is no indication that this is not recommended for those with back or neck issues or expectant mothers. It's always possible Disney could change requirements during testing.

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Tessa Apr 17, 2017 at 6:23 p.m.

Great, thank you! :)

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FrogBlog Apr 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Have a great visit!

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Rose Thornson Jun 1, 2017 at 9:44 p.m.

Just want to give everyone a heads up about the Pandora World of Avatar at Disney World. There is no annual pass holders discounts for any Pandora World of Avatar merchandise at this time. Pandora World of Avatar is just awesome. Worth every bit the wait for the last 3 years watching it go up. The river ride is so spectacular with an amazing Animatronic at the end. I will be sailing down this river ever week for a while. However, make sure you can fit in the Banshee ride before waiting 2 to 3 hours in line. This ride was built for an average size person only. If you are really large or really tall, you will not fit and not be allowed on. So check before you wait. Just ask any quest service person to show you the seat you will be sitting in as they have one outside under the floating mountain. They are not that great about telling you this up front and many people waited over 3 hours on the opening weekend only to be turned away once they were at the entrance of the ride. So check before you wait or blow a fast pass on it.

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J. Scott Hendrix Apr 17, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.

What are the height restrictions for Pandora area??

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FrogBlog Apr 17, 2017 at noon

Hi,

Avatar Flight of Passage height requirement is listed as 44in (112cm) or taller.

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Ritu wadhwani Apr 18, 2017 at 9:34 a.m.

I want your help . As I'm reaching Orlando at 17 May n I will be there for 9 days so could u please help me with the best deal of tickets I should purchase as I want to visit all the attractions there

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FrogBlog Apr 18, 2017 at 3:35 p.m.

Hi Ritu,

You'll find the best prices for all of our Orlando theme parks right here. You'll save on Disney World and Universal tickets!

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Fran Apr 21, 2017 at 3:38 p.m.

Will there be a single-rider line at either of the Pandora rides

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FrogBlog Apr 22, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.

Hi Fran,

We haven't heard about single rider options for Pandora yet.

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Bob Metz Apr 28, 2017 at 5:20 p.m.

Avatar Flight of Passage was already closed for Fast Passes....does this ride have single rider entrance?

Been tryin' to get a Fast Pass for Frozen in EPCOT since it opened....and it's been completely filled every time I go into my Disney annual passholders

website.....does this ride have a single rider entrance? Thanks,

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2017 at 5:35 p.m.

Hi Bob,

Sorry, but Frozen Ever After does not have Single Rider. As for Flight of Passage, we don't have word if there will be a Single Rider option. With previews beginning this week, we should know soon!

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Becca May 8, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.

So my family will be at AK June 5th. Of course no FP were available for either FOP or NR. Our family really wants to do NR. Do you think if we get to the park very early and head straight for this attraction we have a shot at getting in even without a fast pass ? Haven't been to Disney in 10 years so I've forgotten a lot. Our first FP is 910-1010 at Everest . Also, if not would you recommend using the FO for this on another day but that means giving up using any further passes at a different park (that's our Epcot day) we

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FrogBlog May 8, 2017 at 9:01 a.m.

Hi Becca,

We recommend arriving at Animal Kingdom well before the park opens and heading right to Na'Vi River Journey. After that attraction, head to Everest.

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AliPat May 17, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.

Hi Lulu,

Today was the first day that I was able to book a Fastpass for my trip in July. Flight of Passage was available but even when I logged it at 7am to do so (the earliest time allowed) the earliest time I could get was at 3:40pm. I was hoping for a morning FastPass but was only slightly disappointed. We plan to just arrive in the park in the morning during Extra Magic Hours and hopefully snag a ride sooner. Right now the earliest available was 5pm or later. So being that today was the first day in our 60-day window, I would not wait to book a FastPass at all. There is a lot of excite surrounding this ride.

Warm regards,

AliPat

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Lulu May 8, 2017 at 9:12 p.m.

Do you guys know if it has been easy for many guest to get the Fastpass to Flight of Passage ride 60 days before check-in time? If I plan to get a fastpass to the attraction at a specific time on a specific day, and then wait for the first chance to reserve it 60 days in advance, will I have luck getting it?

Thanks

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FrogBlog May 9, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.

Hi Lulu,

Speaking from personal experience, we booked a 2-day trip to Animal Kingdom 30 days prior and were not able to get Flight of Passage. We did land an 8:00 pm Na'Vi River Journey Fastpass on our second day. We normally don't plan specific attractions at specific times, but it's possible that strategy could work for you.

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aaaily May 12, 2017 at 2:44 p.m.

Hello! By luck I was able to score 2 FP+ for flight of passage for two guest of my party and 2 FP+ for the other two in my party for Navi River for the first week in June. I also have 2 under two. Do you think rider switch will be available for both attractions or will there be a restriction on the rider switch FP+ option.

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FrogBlog May 12, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.

Hi Aasily,

Since there are no height requirements on Na'vi River Journey, that one will not have Rider Switch. We assume it will be available on Flight of Passage, but we haven't seen anything official.

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Sarah Harmon Jun 9, 2017 at 12:51 p.m.

Rider switch is available for both rides

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kathy May 31, 2017 at 3:59 p.m.

I am going Sept. 19 and Sept 20 and staying at a Disney hotel, checked and no extra magic hours at that time, how do you think the fast passes well be at that time.

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FrogBlog May 31, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Hi Kathy,

We're expecting Fastpass+ demand for both attractions to be high throughout the rest of the year. Be sure to try for yours 60 days before you check in date.

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Mave Jun 2, 2017 at 1:46 p.m.

Hello,

We want to try to get fastpass tickets for july 28th for flight of passage. Do you see the avatar in the tank etc. when you go in the fastpass line?

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FrogBlog Jun 5, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.

Hi Mave,

You won't get a good glimpse of the Avatar in the tank in the Fastpass+ line.

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kristin Jun 3, 2017 at 3:17 a.m.

When Pandora first opened, I heard there was a wait to get into that portion of the park, and then you had to wait in line for the rides. I do have a Fast Pass for Flight of Passage at 11 a.m. Should I be concerned about capacity of getting into that portion of the park? Or do they let Fast Pass people into that portion of the park sooner? Thank you!

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FrogBlog Jun 5, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.

Hi Kristin,

We visited Pandora over the weekend, and the land was never closed due to capacity. Those crowds seem to have only been for the opening weekend.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Avatarfan1997 Jun 5, 2017 at 1:41 a.m.

Hi there,

Do you know whether there is a height limit on flight of passage? I'm quite a tall person (6ft 5), and so don't want to secure a fast pass or wait in line for the attraction only to be told that I can't ride it when I could've been riding the other ride.

Thanks in advance

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FrogBlog Jun 5, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.

Hi,

No height limits on Flight of Passage. Have fun. It's fantastic.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Crystal Jul 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Just a little note on the Flight of Passage fast passes--at this point even booking at the 60 day window is a no go. As soon as 7am EST hits it's already unavailable, unsure if anyone has any insight as to how that's possible. Your best chances are arriving extra early before the park opens, waiting in line at midday (when it's the hottest, albeit the line is the shortest), or making resort reservations to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (I've done this several times at wait times easily jump to 2-3 hours right before the park closes).

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2017 at 10:58 a.m.

Hi Crystal,

Thanks for the tip!

Hoppy planning!

Tad

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Kelli Brown Jun 28, 2017 at 5:38 p.m.

We want to make a last minute trip to Disney, one month from now. Is it too late to get fast passes to the Avatar ride? I can't try unless I make a reservation. I don't want to make the reservation if fast pass is unavailable, catch 22.

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FrogBlog Jun 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Hi Kelli,

It is possible that there will be Navi River Journey Fastpass+ reservations available, but less likely for Avatar Flight of Passage. Read our Pandora post that has tips on seeing both attractions.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Bob Jul 2, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.

I just tried getting fastpasses reservations for 8/31 because I'm staying at a Disney resort and they were completely taken within an hour or two. Sorry but you won't have any chance at 30 days.

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Linda Jul 6, 2017 at 4:10 p.m.

Totally agree. Fastpass reservation starts at 7AM EST. I'm in the west coast, got up at 5AM to book and it was was already all gone for the Avatar Flight Passage. Navi River is available with plenty time slots available. I'm booking at 60 days advance window.

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Kelly Jul 7, 2017 at 2:31 p.m.

Hi, just came across this post and you all seem pretty knowledgeable about the new Pandora section. We are headed to Disney in a few weeks. Can anyone confirm if rider switch is available on Flight of Passage and Navi River Journey? TIA!

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Hi Kelly,

Rider Switch is available on Flight of Passage, but not for Na'vi River Journey.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Kelly Jul 7, 2017 at 5:38 p.m.

Darn!!! I read on another site that both rides offered rider switch, however I noticed Disney's site only mentions Flight of Passage offers it. We have a little one that I don't think will want to ride Na'vi and can't ride Flight of Passage so was hoping to use a rider switch for both. Do you happen to know if we can get a rider switch pass if the members of our party that will be riding first have a fast pass? Or is rider switch only available for standby riders? We only got 2 fp's for Flight because I was thinking I wouldn't be able to ride with the little one. I've tried to research this on other pages but can't seem to figure it out.

Thanks for the info!

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2017 at 2:17 p.m.

Hi Kelly,

You can use Rider Switch with Fastpass+. The Na'vi River Journey is peaceful and calm. Nothing scary. They may be fine. Show them our video and see if they like it.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Julie Parini Jul 23, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.

If I reserve 3 fastpass+ can I use my actual ticket to reserve another attraction after I use my first one or do I have to use all 3 first?

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FrogBlog Jul 25, 2017 at 11:17 a.m.

Hi Julie,

You must use all 3 of your first reservations before making a 4th.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Morild Jul 24, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.

We tried booking fastpass+ for the Avatar rides numerous times before the planned day of entry. Never succeeded or was open to us. At the day there were up to 3hrs of waittime to this ride. Insane, but the ride was AMAZING! Best thing Ive ever tried by far!

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Amanda Aug 3, 2017 at 5:38 p.m.

For flight of passage does the rider swap pass cause you to miss the cool que elements? If so is it possible to all go in line together with the too small child and wait until we get to the actual ride to swap (take turns riding/waiting with child?

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FrogBlog Aug 7, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.

Hi Amanda,

That's a good question, and one we're not sure about. Perhaps one of our readers has experienced Rider Swap on Flight of Passage and can let us know!

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Albert Aug 12, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.

We are going (2 kids) with my sister (3 kids) in October. We were only able to get the Avatar river ride fast pass. We plan on going on the Avatar Flight right when it opens. The problem is that we (the adults) will want to ride it but we have small kids. My plan is for all of us to stand in line. When it is my turn I'll have my sister watch my kids and let anyone ahead of them if they will be up. Once we get off we will go back for our kids and then take her kids and then she will be able to ride. Do you think this will work?

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FrogBlog Aug 12, 2017 at 4:52 p.m.

Hi Albert,

If your kiddos are too small to ride, use Rider Switch. This will help parties stick together while having someone stay with the kids. They hand out Rider Switch at the entrance to Flight of Passage.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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Ben Aug 15, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.

I got on My Disney Experience at 7:05 a.m. and tried to get a fastpass for Flight of Passage and it said there were not any left. I even tried the last day of my reservation (4 days out) and it said there weren't any left. Are they still offering fastpasses for Flight of Passage?

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FrogBlog Aug 15, 2017 at 1:49 p.m.

Hi Ben,

Fastpasses for Flight of Passage are hard to land. Keep checking, and use the strategies in the post to see it.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Blakely Aug 16, 2017 at 1:48 a.m.

Are either rides scary for a 7 year old? She can be a little anxious, which ride do you recommend?

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FrogBlog Aug 16, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.

Hi Blakely,

Na'Vi River Journey is a slower board ride attraction, perfect for a 7-year-old.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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