This Iconic Animal Kingdom Animatronic Is Incredibly Eerie-Looking When Broken Down

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When it comes to Walt Disney World, one of the most ethereal places can be found in Animal Kingdom. Although each Disney Park is full of beautiful scenery, Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar is genuinely otherworldly.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar is home to mystical floating mountains, baffling Guests who always leave wondering, “How on Earth did Walt Disney Imagineering build that?”

It’s also home to two fantastic attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. These attractions couldn’t be less alike.

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Avatar Flight of Passage is one of Walt Disney World’s most immersive experiences to date, taking Guests on a thrilling, dreamy, and emotional tour of Pandora.

Guests ride on the back of an ikran or a mountain banshee and can even feel the mythical beast breathing throughout the experience. The simulated ride is full of high speeds, tall drops, and life-changing scenery.

The Na’vi River Journey also takes Guests on a dreamy tour of Pandora but in an entirely different way. Instead of a simulated thrill ride, Na’vi River Journey is more like “it’s a small world” on Pandora.

Na'vi River Journey

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The slow-moving attraction’s grande finale (and saving grace in the eyes of many Guests) is Disney’s most expensive animatronic to date: the Shaman.

The Shaman moves so fluidly that many Guests wonder if it’s a real person in body paint and costuming. However, she isn’t always working correctly.

One Guest recently visited and caught footage of the Shaman animatronic entirely broken down, and the results are…eerie, to say the least:

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Typically, when this animatronic isn’t working correctly, the attraction will go into “B Mode,” in which a screen will be lowered while the animatronic is being fixed up.

It seems that the Cast Members had not been made aware of the Shaman’s lack of activity in this case, leading to the scariest thing in Animal Kingdom-including the Yeti!

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.