Walt Disney World has always been everyone’s go to place, to visit and meet with their beloved animation or movie characters. But on May 27th, 2017, Walt Disney World Florida just opened their newest attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The newest addition is named Pandora – The World of Avatar and yes, here you get to visit the moon of Pandora, the land the Na’vi people from the James Cameron’s film Avatar. Just get your tickets online and indulge in the various adventures and experiences this new world has in store for you.
The Land of Pandora
According to Disney’s own representative’s word, the land and landscape of this new world called Pandora embodies the role of an actor. There are no actors dressed in blue to pull you into this world and make it believable. Instead, it is the role of the world itself, to make you feel like you have entered into a completely new and extraordinary realm. At Pandora’s entrance, a sign welcomes you to the Valley of Mo’Ara and provides a map. The landscape is filled with bioluminescent Pandoran flora, beautiful waterfalls, mountainous terrain and flowing streams. However, the piece de resistance of the landscape is a 156 feet all floating mountain, which truly gives this place an other-worldly look.
The Rides of Pandora
There are two main rides in this world of Pandora. Albeit the signs of these rides aren’t really visible to keep up with the immersive nature of the land, the rides themselves do not fall short in any way. The rides you can experience in this world are truly memorable and offer an experience like no other.
First of the two rides called Na’vi River Journey, is a traditional ‘dark ride’ of Disney amusement parks. You go on a restful and calm boat journey through a river. During your ride, you see colourful glowing plants, moving shadows of lizards over your head. An animatronic Shaman of Song sings a beautiful tune as you continue on your path and emerge at the end of the ride.
The second ride is vastly different than the first one. This ride called the Avatar Flight of Passage is a 3D simulator ride. You will get to revisit and go through some of the movie’s most stunning landscapes on this ride. You’ll also get to see a full sized Na’vi floating in a chamber when you visit the science lab which is a part of this ride. After that, you’ll have to board some scooter-like vehicles, put on some 3D glasses and fly through flocks of banshees, past a rushing waterfall, through some dense forests and caves.
The Food of Pandora
Last but not the least, one of the main attraction of this new attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the food you can taste at Satu’li Canteen. You’ll get to sample some of the most innovating other-worldly dishes that the chefs of this place have managed to create. The restaurant is decorated with Na’vi art and cultural items. Treat yourself to a popular Na’vi drink Pongu Pongu, or indulge in a rather futuristic looking cheesecake. Pandora – The World of Avatar will continue to amuse you through every possible way.
Covered in rainforests, known for rich biodiversity, and featuring both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, Costa Rica is an exotic Central American getaway. The international airport in San José makes the country more accessible than many other Caribbean and Central American destinations, and if you’re curious about the region it might just be the perfect place to start your trip. Here are five of the best things to do while you’re there.
Visit The Gold Coast
Much of the natural beauty of Costa Rica is tied to its rich rainforests. But visiting the gold coast, on the northern end of the Pacific side of the country, you’ll find a drier and more diverse area. There are small villages, gorgeous white sand beaches, volcanoes on the horizon, and national parks in close proximity. Other than simply hanging out on the beaches, the main attraction is Rincon de la Vieja National Park, which is known for its nine volcanic craters. It’s generally safe to visit, though one travel site cautions that this collection of peaks are the most active in the region!
Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest
This is a massive natural reserve that showcases what makes Costa Rica so unique even among Caribbean destinations. It’s a lush, misty rainforest absolutely packed with wildlife and featuring numerous excellent hikes for travellers. Walking through the forest on ground level is fun, but the hanging bridges offer the more unique experiences, as you’re practically able to walk among the trees, looking around you at exotic birds and perhaps down below at other fascinating wildlife. Most of the noteworthy attractions in this country are tied to nature – but this is the one that will likely stand above the rest in your memory years later.
Catch A Football Match In San José
Costa Rica has turned itself into a very strong football nation in recent years. It was a fun team at the 2014 World Cup, winning its group and advancing to the quarter-finals, and earlier this year it was tabbed by betting experts as a side with a genuine chance to win the Gold Cup (though the U.S. wound up capturing that title). Throw in the fact that the national team stadium in San José, Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, is the nicest and most modern sporting venue in Central America, and catching a match is a must. You’ll have a good time even if you’re not a major football fan.
Browse The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
This is something else to fit in while you’re in San José (hopefully taking in a football match!). It’s a small museum, but a fascinating one, and one very closely related to the region. You’ll be able to browse well over 1,000 golden artifacts that predate the Age of Exploration and even provide some idea of what must have fascinated European explorers so much when they first ventured into the New World. You’ll also learn a little bit about the history of gold, which naturally played a significant role in the development and eventual conquest of the region.
This might seem like the sort of thing you could do anywhere, and it’s certainly an option at a lot of coastal destinations around the world. But as one news site pointed out, Costa Rica actually has the longest season of humpback whales in the world. This is because of its unique position on the globe. The country is positioned such that whales migrate there from both the north and the south during the colder months of the year. A boat from Marino Ballena National Park is the way to go if you want to catch a glimpse of these glorious aquatic beasts in the wild.