Avatar Flight of Passage is an immersive experience that really begins when you you enter Pandora – The World of Avatar. You will walk through “native” flora as you would see in the movie on the way there.
After the standby queue, you will enter the preshow, where you will join your flight group. While in there, you are matched with your avatar, and some warnings and instructions will be given. This experience gets everyone ready to ride and keeps the ride flowing.
After that, your group will enter in all at once to a bay where there will “Banshee” simulators that you will mount. There is a saddle mechanism that you have to fit in. Therefore, people who are very tall or extremely overweight have experience some discomfort. During the ride, the Banshee squeezes your legs at key points to make you feel the natural movement of the ride.
Once the ride starts, you will experience jungles, scenic vistas, cliffs, valleys lakes, waterfalls and other Banshees just as you would imagine if you have seen the movie. They hit on every experience in this ride from touch, motion, sounds, 3D video, smells, and water mist and you really feel as if you have engaged in the “Flight of Passage” ritual from the movie.
Theme Park: Animal Kingdom
Area of the Park: Pandora – The World of Avatar
Age Range Appeal: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults
Queue Description: The standby queue for Avatar Flight of Passage moves along pretty well. You walk through cave paintings, industrial tunnels, and research facilities that all invoke the theme of Avatar.
Queue Length: After rope drop the standby queue often stays between 60-90 minutes throughout the day. You can purchase individual Lightning Lanes for this ride, usually for $11-14/person to avoid this. This is a good ride to rope drop as there are less rides at Animal Kingdom and none that maintain a queue length as long.
Ride Height Requirements: 44in (112cm) or taller
Scary Factor: Medium – This simulates motion and is 4D experience. You are strapped in a simulator, view a 3D video with glasses, and have mist and sounds around you. Those who are afraid of heights, are claustrophobic, or are prone to motion sickness may have issues.