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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!

8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

1. Catch a Nighttime Spectacular With the addition of evening hours and a later closing time, Disney’s Animal Kingdom was finally able to add a feature that has been a staple of the other three theme parks – a nighttime spectacular.  Rivers of Light is an end-of-the-day show that features water and light effects, pyrotechnics, performers on boats, and DisneyNature ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

2. Try the Food The move to longer hours for Disney’s Animal Kingdom impacted guest dining habits as well.  Visitors to the park previously had to eat their evening meal at Rainforest Café, conveniently located near the park’s entrance, or more often than not, outside the park.  Pandora not only gave park guests a reason to stay later and therefore ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

Pandora Waterfall

The opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar brought a lot of excitement to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  It also brought a lot more guests into the park.  The new land provided much needed attractions, dining options, and experiences to Animal Kingdom, allowing it to realize its potential as a full day park.  However, the addition of these new features ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

FastPass

8. Get Your FastPasses – Fast! The premier attraction in all of Animal Kingdom (and quite possibly the entire Disney Resort) is Avatar Flight of Passage.  Because of this, it’s likely that you’ll have to wait a long time in a long line to ride it.  A FastPass, however, will allow you to bypass most of the line and get ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

Valley Of Mo'ara

7. Get There Early.  And Even Earlier! Another way that Pandora has changed the way that guests are experiencing Disney’s Animal Kingdom is by making them get to the park earlier than ever.  Does that mean you have to be there by rope drop?  Sorry, but if you are arriving at Animal Kingdom around rope drop time, you may already ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

expedition everest

6. Enjoy the Rest of the Park – Again and Again For those Disney guests lucky enough to get a FastPass for Avatar Flight of Passage, you’ll find that the rest of the park has truly opened up for you.  Without having to worry about getting onto the most popular ride in Animal Kingdom, you are free to check out ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

5. Plan a Whole Day Pandora – The World of Avatar gave Animal Kingdom a reason to stay open later, and gave Disney guests the opportunity to enjoy the park well into the evening.  You no longer have to make sure you get everything done before the park closes in the late afternoon.  So take advantage of that extra time!  ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

4. Stay Out Late There is a lot to see in Animal Kingdom when the sun goes down!  In Pandora – The World of Avatar, the Valley of Mo’ara comes to life with bioluminescent exotic plants and walkways lighting up the night.  Use sound and touch to interact with the local flora, and watch how their glow changes!  You should ...

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8 Ways You Need To Change The Way You Do Animal Kingdom Now That Pandora – The World Of Avatar Is Open

Kilamanjaro-at-night

3. Embark on an Evening Safari Whether you’ve ridden the Kilimanjaro Safaris more times than you can count, or you’ve never ridden it before at all, Animal Kingdom’s evening hours now provide you with the unique opportunity to check out the animals after dark!  It truly is a different experience at night, with some animals becoming much more active after ...

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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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