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Don has a huge passion for All Things Disney, and is fortunate to be the husband of a Disney-obsessed wife and father to five Disney-loving children. A former TV writer in Los Angeles, Don visited the Disneyland Resort several times a week as an Annual Passholder before moving to Orlando and becoming an Annual Passholder at Walt Disney World as well. He finally gave in to his passion and became a Disney World Cast Member, working his way up to Disney Trainer in the Transportation Department where he worked for three years. Don is excited to share his love and knowledge of Disney here on DisneyFanatic.com!

10 Things You’ll Love About the Renovated Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Guests of the Pop Century Resort at Disney World usually have two thoughts in mind when making the choice to stay here during their vacation – cost and convenience. As one of the value resorts, the Pop Century is a more affordable choice of accommodations for cost-conscious visitors. The resort also offers one food court and three pools, which means ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Flight of Passage Seat

1. The Seating Dislike: The most negative feedback that Cast Members are receiving from guests on Flight of Passage is the seating, which prevents some guests from riding.  Curiously, a person’s ability to fit in the ride seat has more to do with the shape of their body than their size.  The rider straddles a motorcycle-style seat and then slides ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Kilimanjaro

2. The Line Dislike: As with any new or popular attraction, a big negative is the long wait time you have before you can experience the ride.  Flight of Passage is taking that challenge to even greater extremes, with wait times approaching six hours on some days.  It’s a credit to Disney’s Imagineers that even after that long wait, guests ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Na'vi River Journey, cont.

3. The Overall Experience Love: When Disney announced that they were going to create Pandora – The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom, most guests had two very specific items on their wish lists: to see an amazing bioluminescent jungle like the one Jake encountered in the movie, and to experience flying on the back of a banshee.  With Avatar ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Banshee

4. The Extra Touches Love: As with many Disney World attractions, it is the little extras that Imagineers build into a ride that really make it into an over-the-top experience.  Flight of Passage is not only loaded with amazing details, it features some incredible touches that really round out the experience.  As you ride, you’ll smell the scent of the ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Pandora Mountains

5. The Motion Simulation Love: Theme parks have been using motion simulation for decades to add an exciting element to their attractions.  Those lurches, sways, and wobbles underneath your seat can really intensify the ride experience.  But it is possible to have too much of a good thing.  One of the biggest problems with motion simulation is that it can ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Floating Mountains

6. The Visuals Love: It’s possible to find some video footage of the ride online, but any guest who’s ridden Flight of Passage will tell you that those clips don’t do the ride justice.  In the first place, the ride is a 3D attraction, and you lose a lot of the experience without the 3D glasses.  Further, a computer monitor ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Pandora Waterfall

7. The Storyline Love: The background of Avatar Flight of Passage involves the Pandora Conservation Initiative coming in to restore and protect Pandora after the disastrous aftermath of the Resources Development Administration’s mining practices.  Now, in association with Alpha Centauri Expeditions, tourists are offered the opportunity to link with an avatar and experience the exhilaration of flying on the back ...

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5 Things You’ll Love about Avatar Flight of Passage and 2 Things You Won’t

Flight of passage

Pandora – The World of Avatar created quite a splash when it opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  In particular, guests who were fortunate enough to ride Avatar Flight of Passage during their visit to the park exited the ride loudly singing its praises.  And why not?  It’s an immersive and exceptional motion simulator attraction that makes use of incredible, cutting-edge ...

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Magic Kingdom Touring Plan for Families With Small Children

Mad Tea Party

7. Late Morning Your first FastPass time is probably approaching, so you should be headed in that direction.  If you decide to do another attraction on the way, pay attention to wait times and ask Cast Members about the amount of time that the attraction takes – you don’t want to miss your FastPass window!  But with a full hour ...

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