Animal Kingdom Wandering

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I typically don’t go to the parks much in the midst of the summer heat and humidity and so planned to visit Animal Kingdom yesterday, mostly to update menus. I had no idea I hadn’t been there since right after Pandora opened! I checked for last-minute FastPasses before leaving home, but nothing was available. I … Continue reading "Animal Kingdom Wandering"
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Pandora restaurant serves up Satu’li Sampler Family Style Dinner

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Satu’li Canteen in the Pandora area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom has added a great new menu option for groups dining together. The Satu’li Sampler Family Style Dinner allows guests to try all the different combinations of ingredients that can be purchased for individual signature bowl meals. My family and I were eager to try this … Continue reading "Pandora restaurant serves up Satu’li Sampler Family Style Dinner"
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Experience Pandora culture, hear Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde speak at Orlando art event

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Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde will speak this week at the Orlando Museum of Art during its 1st Thursdays series. Rohde, who led the creative team responsible for designing Disney's Animal Kingdom, will be giving two presentations that focus on the important role that art plays in bringing a Disney theme park from concept to reality. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the museum in downtown Orlando. Specifically, the evening will emphasize its theme of "Celebrating the Beauty of the Natural World" with various aspects related to the new Pandora - The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. Participants will sample complimentary food and treats inspired by Animal Kingdom, featuring select items from Satu'li Canteen, the counter service restaurant inside Pandora - The World of Avatar. They also can enjoy listening to live entertainment inspired by the theme park. Rohde's presentations will take place at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The 1st Thursdays event costs $15 for adults and $5 for children. It's free for kids ages 3 and younger. Orlando Museum of Art members also have complimentary admission. Tickets can be purchased on the website.
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Interactive missions allow guests at Disney’s Pandora to earn conservation donations

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Think you know everything there is to know about the new Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? I certainly thought I knew more than most after writing about this new land for years. Somehow, though, I missed the announcement of a new mobile interaction that allows each guest visiting Pandora to … Continue reading "Interactive missions allow guests at Disney’s Pandora to earn conservation donations"
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Pandora reaffirms Animal Kingdom’s commitment to animals, great, small and mythical

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The head of a Na’vi was on display near the Windtraders souvenir shop inside Pandora: The World of Avatar. [Cavrel Silvera] With the opening of Pandora: The World of Avatar, all eyes are on Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. And well they should be. The new land is everything it was hyped to be … … Continue reading "Pandora reaffirms Animal Kingdom’s commitment to animals, great, small and mythical"
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Pandora store at Disney’s Animal Kingdom specializes in interactive, creative gifts

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It will not surprise anyone familiar with Walt Disney World that the resort's newest attraction exits into a gift shop. But what likely will delight visitors to Pandora - The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom is that the store offers a unique shopping experience. Not only will guests find no sign of Mickey Mouse, but they will be able to shop a selection of merchandise that can only be found in this one shop, called Windtraders.
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Expansive theming creates broad appeal for Disney World’s Pandora

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Don't let the fact that you haven't seen -- or didn't love -- James Cameron's movie "Avatar" keep you from experiencing Walt Disney World's amazing addition Pandora - The World of Avatar. If you do, you most definitely will miss out on one of the most beautiful and technologically advanced experiences. Disney Imagineers have brought to life such creative storytelling that the new land in Disney's Animal Kingdom can stand alone and thoroughly wow guests, regardless of whether they are movie fans.
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A parent’s guide to Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar

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Beginning May 27, families will be able to visit Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Based on the planet in the movie "Avatar," this new section of the theme park has been in the works for six years. Blogger Kristin Ford was able to visit Pandora twice over the weekend during a local media preview and an annual passholder day, and it definitely lived up to the hype. It really did feel like I was transported to another world! Guests not familiar with the movie or the construction might have some questions, though, so here is a description of what parents will encounter.
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