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‘Please Remain Seated’: Cast Members Increase Reminder on Top Attraction

It appears that Walt Disney World Cast Members have thought it necessary to increase the intensity of their reminders to Guests to remain seated during a ride.

On Saturday, June 11, this reporter visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park to experience what is, in his opinion, the top attraction in all of Orlando, Avatar: Flight of Passage. But there was a noticeable change in how Cast Members addressed the Guests during the “boarding” process.

Flight of Passage

After the normal “briefing” video from Dr. Jackie Ogden, a Cast Member greeted us by providing a much more detailed explanation of the overall ride experience. She emphasized that we would be suspended in the air during the potentially nauseating experience and that anybody who was prone to motion sickness or anybody who “cannot sit still for four-and-a-half minutes” should bypass the experience. And after everybody was strapped into their link chairs, a Cast Member came over the intercom to firmly say, “please remain seated.”

Avatar: Flight of Passage entrance

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Just a few weeks ago, we at Disney Fanatic shared a story of one round of the 4-D experience constantly being interrupted by a Cast Member telling at least one Guest to remain seated. It is unclear why Guests would want to try and break away from their harness. Reasons could range from intentional troublemakers to restless children and instances of vomit-inducing motion sickness. Regardless, the increased emphasis suggests that Guests’ inability to remain seated for their entire “flight” is a lingering issue.

Avatar, Walt Disney World

Flight of Passage, an Animal Kingdom ride inspired by Avatar and Pandora. credit: Disney

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This reporter’s “flight” had no such mid-ride issues.

Based on James Cameron‘s record-setting film, Avatar, and brought to life by Joe Rohde and his team at Walt Disney Imagineering, Avatar: Flight of Passage in Pandora: The World of Avatar continues to be one of the most popular attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to share Disney Parks news, and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.