Disney Finally Fixes Broken Effect On Animal Kingdom’s Most Popular Attraction

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Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is home to six different neighborhoods, but one is easily more otherworldly and ethereal than the others. We’re talking, of course, about Pandora – The World of Avatar.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar is a true testament to the prowess of Walt Disney Imagineering. The floating mountains, waterfalls, and bioluminescence often leave Guests wondering, “How does Disney do it?

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (or should we say the tip of the floating mountains?), Pandora – The World of Avatar is also home to two fantastic attractions: the Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage.

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While Na’vi River Journey takes Guests on a slow-moving boat ride through Pandora’s bioluminescent forest, Avatar Flight of Passage takes Guests onto the back of an ikran, or a mountain banshee.

But before Guests can experience Avatar Flight of Passage, they have to walk through the incredibly immersive Flight of Passage queue.


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The standby queue takes Guests into Pandora’s wilderness, amongst the floating mountains and waterfalls, into the caves of Pandora’s natives, the Na’vi. Then, Guests travel through abandoned RDA territory, which has been reclaimed by the alien fora and fauna.

Finally, Guests end up in the Pandora Conservation Initiative lab, where they can observe experiments and even an Avatar, floating in his tank.

For years, this unnamed Avatar would idly float and occasionally twitch in the tank. This immersive effect broke at some point, leaving the Avatar figure to sit statically in the tank.

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However, upon visiting Animal Kingdom yesterday, I was delighted to see that this effect was up and running again, making the Flight of Passage queue even more impressive.

This effect was one of the most amazing things about the ride’s queue, so it’s exhilarating to see that Disney hasn’t totally abandoned it and has even fixed it! After all, it’s not common for Disney to fix an effect once it’s broken down, especially in Animal Kingdom.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.