Your visit to Pandora: The World of Avatar is never complete without a ride on the back of a banshee. The Banshee Ride or the Avatar Flight of Passage is the most thrilling adventure ride that the Disney World’s New Avatar Themed Land has to offer. Just like the entire themed area, the ride and its background story too flaunts the familiar magical touch akin to all things Disney. One can easily see and sense the amount of creativity, detailing and technological brilliance that goes into the making of this one of a kind thrill. Truly the Disney Imagineers had given their best in designing and instilling life to another most exciting immersive adventure of the time.
The Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the two ride attractions the new Land has to offer. The experience is unique, taking you further into the story. It all starts with you being part of a long queue, passing through wild nature, including plants, waterfalls and painted caves. You go past an old but partly renovated Resources Development Administration lab. You will also come across a 10-foot tall blue – skinned native of Pandora as well.
Before the actual ride takes place, guests have to go through two video pre-shows. The first one with a scientist who makes the guests stand in lines for the scanning and matching with an avatar. The second one also with a scientist who is examining the endangered banshee, and who explains you about the sacred ritual of the tall blue natives before riding the banshee, namely Ikran.
Following the video pre-shows, you take your seat on the back of your banshee. The safety restraints were activated and you are safely locked from behind with your 3D specs on. And lo and behold your faces morphed into your avatars and the entire world of Pandora is right there in front of you to touch, feel and explore like never before.
Disney’s Pandora is not just about banshee ride only. It’s a whole new land with bioluminescent plants, floating mountains, a boat ride, a storefront and a restaurant with extra-terrestrial menus, and much more, all inspired from the film. Moreover, it’s a different feel with the glowing plants at nights. One should experience Pandora – both during the day and at night to enjoy the unique feelings.
Both Pandora rides have long waits. Guests can use their Fastpass+ reservation option to cut the wait times from hours to few minutes. Arriving at the Park early, before it opens also help skip the growing crowd. But then make sure that there is no ‘Extra Magic Hours’ scheduled on that day. Unless you are a Disney Resort guest it’s better to avoid the day with Extra Magic Hours. You can try save some more on your park admissions by booking your discount disney tickets online, in advance from authorized ticket sellers like Officialticketcenter.com.