Pandora – The World of Avatar has now been open long enough at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park for us to give which is currently seeing mid-day waits of up to 115-minutes, even though crowds are moderate now that the kids are back in school. Lines are much, much shorter for Na’vi River Journey.
Avoiding Long Lines with FastPass+
You can book FastPass+ reservation up 60-days prior to arrival when you have a reservation at an official Disney World hotel when you have avacation package that includes tickets or you purchasing your tickets prior to your trip and register them on your MyDisneyExperience account. If you’re not staying at a Disney World resort, you can still book your FastPass+ reservations up to 30-days prior to arrival by purchasing your tickets prior to your trip and registering them on your MyDisneyExperience account. You can make up to three (3) FastPass+ reservations prior to arrival but Disney has a tiered system for FastPass selection that only allows you to select one of the new Pandora/Avatar attractions. If you plan to ride Avatar – Flight of Passage, you’ll definitely want to make this your FastPass+ choice because it is the more popular ride and gets the longest lines. Ride Na’vi River Journey, using the stand-by line as soon as the park opens or come back about an hour prior to park closing.
Avoiding Long Lines When You Don’t Have FastPass+
We can probably help you get onto both attractions in a timely fashion but it is going to mean waking up early! You need to arrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and get through security at least 45-minutes prior to park opening (60 minutes prior during heavy crowds) and work your way as far forward as possible on the left side (as you face the park) of the entrance. When crowds are at least moderate, they will let you in and start forming a line for Avatar – Flight of Passage BEFORE the park opens; they may even start letting people ride the attraction before the official opening time. Arriving early and being closer to the front of that line is key here –arriving 30-minutes, rather than 45-minutes prior to opening, will add an extra half-hour of line time and the line quickly grow to 40-minutes long as soon as the park opens. If you hate getting up early the way I do, you’re probably thinking, “If have to get up early to arrive 45 minutes before park open and the line will be 40 minutes long at parking opening, why don’t I just sleep later and wait the same 45 minutes?” That’s a fair question and the answer is that, by arriving early, you will probably get to ride Avatar – Flight of Passage before the park opens and you’ll get to move on to the next attraction. Every minute you save in the early morning equals at least 10-minutes of cumulative line time as the day goes on.
If you'd like to hear a first-hand account of how this worked, listen to Radio Harambe, Episode 118. You can jump ahead to about 57 minutes into the episode. At about the 58-minute point, they go into how this worked for them and the difference between arriving 30 minutes vs. 45 minutes prior to park opening.
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Tip for getting through security: Ideally, you should avoid taking any bags with you so that you can just sail through the "no bags" entrance. If that just isn't possible, do a quick scan of the available security lines to see if one appears to be moving faster or have people who don't appear to be bringing all of their earthly belongings into the park. Be sure you have all compartments of your bags open and ready.
Transportation: If you have your own vehicle, this is an excellent time to drive to the park. The Disney buses will start running one hour before the park opens. If it works with your budget and you don’t have a vehicle available, I strongly recommend that you take a taxi or Uber to Disney’s Animal Kingdom so that you don’t have to worry about transportation delays.
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Breakfast – Satu’li Canteen, in Pandora – World of Avatar, serves a nice selection of breakfast choices, does not require (or even allow) advance reservations, and even offers mobile ordering through the MyDisneyExperience app to help you avoid lines at the restaurant. This option only works if you’re paying with a credit card and cannot be used with the Disney Dining plan but you just order and pay using the app prior to riding the attractions and then, when you get to the restaurant, go back into the app and press the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” button. You’ll receive a notification through the map that tells you when you can pick up your food at area with the “Mobile Order Pick-Up” sign.
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