I recently had the pleasure of visiting Walt Disney World on a family vacation. In totality, it's actually a very exciting time for sci-fi at Disney World. With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge coming next summer alongside the recent opening of the Pandora: World of Avatar expansion to Animal Kingdom, sci-fi fans have a lot to look forward to on future trips to the "happiest place on earth."
While I just missed the opening of the Star Wars expansion (cue tears of sadness), I was able to experience Pandora: World of Avatar for myself on this last trip. Spoiler: it's incredible.
To preface, the Pandora expansion to the Animal Kingdom Park opened in May of last year and, as the name implies, is based on the home world of the Na'vi from the 2009 smash hit Avatar, which also happens to be the highest grossing film of all time. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this new area will stun you.
Let's start with walking in. My family and I arrived about an hour and a half before park opening to be able to get in Pandora. We managed to snag a good spot in line, but the people who arrived even not long after us did not fare so well. The crowds attempting to enter Pandora are staggering, and Disney even opens the area early to help alleviate the onslaught of people scrambling to get in. (Yes, this is almost two years after its opening.)
Immediately upon entering, you're transported to an exotic planet. Everything down to the landscaping is made to feel otherworldly. A giant, flowery "plant" mists you as you enter. The sound of waterfalls cascading through the rocks gives the feeling of a serene natural getaway rather than a theme park. But the main attraction here?
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