Disney’s Animal Kingdom Continues to Deprive Guests of This Otherworldly Experience

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While visiting Walt Disney World, Guests can experience some pretty other-worldly sights and sounds.

Whether that’s riding Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom, experiencing Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT, or visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios.

But the most otherworldly sights and sounds of Walt Disney World can only be found in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar section.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar is a true feat of Walt Disney Imagineering’s imagination and genius, bringing each and every Guest into the world of James Cameron’s Avatar franchise.

Not only that, but Pandora – The World of Avatar is home to two of the most popular Animal Kingdom rides: Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage.

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While it’s the only area of the Disney World Park without a single real animal, there are still alien animals to spot if you’re willing to explore. If Guests are able to explore this world at night, they’ll discover how truly bioluminescent the theme park area is…However, Disney never gives Guests the chance.

It’s no secret that Animal Kingdom closes earlier than any other Disney World Park. But by closing as early as 7 p.m. in the summer, it means Guests are out of the theme park before the sun even begins to set.


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We recently visited Walt Disney World Resort’s official website to check in on the extended hours for the month of August, and it turns out that Disney is continuing to withhold this otherworldly experience from Guests.

Throughout the month of August, Animal Kingdom’s extending hours from August 6-12, opening at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.

On August 11 and 12, Animal Kingdom will close at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., which is still not enough time to experience Pandora – The World of Avatar at night.

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Perhaps in the winter, once the time changes again, Guests will be able to see the bioluminescence of James Cameron’s Avatar franchise.

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.