I was lucky enough to preview Pandora in May 2017. Many people will tell you about the thrills of Avatar Flight of Passage, but I want to share about how cool the Na’vi River Journey was. First of all, imagine “It’s a Small World” but with characters from Pandora. It is a family friendly ride, but I do have to mention it is very dark but that allows the glowing plants and animals to really pop. You feel like you are in a black light club with bright neon, but the atmosphere is serene with nature sounds, while on a slow moving raft ride through other worldly flora and fauna.
When riding, you need to look up, down, and all around because the animals and insects of the jungle come to life around you. Disney has used incredible new technology so you can see the shadow a frog-like creature jumping on a lilypad over your head, while floating jellyfish obscure the view of larger animals in the background. Near the end of the ride, you are blessed by the Na’vi Shaman’s song. Only 4.5 minutes long, you’ll be in a raft that has 2 rows of seats each fitting 3 adults comfortably. There is no real story to this ride, just an experience of the nightlife of the jungle on Pandora.