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6 Things To Experience At Pandora: The World Of Avatar At Disney's Animal Kingdom

*Books flight to Orlando*

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Whether you're a diehard Avatar fan, or just really psyched about anything new at Disney World, you're gonna want to add Animal Kingdom's new Pandora land to your next itinerary asap. From the iconic floating mountains, to Na'vi cultural items, to indigenous plants and animals echoing in the background, you can immerse yourself in a brand new world. Here are just a few things not to miss on your next trip to Animal Kingdom.

1. Get your very own Avatar made.

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If you've ever dreamt of becoming an Avatar yourself, you can do the next best thing at Pandora by getting your very own custom-made Avatar doll. The experience takes about 5-10 minutes to complete, where you're able to choose an Avatar body type, eye color, hair, and facial stripes, all while the ~magical machine~ scans your face to make the transformation complete. At $79 it's not exactly cheap, but to be turned into an Avatar that I can cherish on my bookshelf forever? Worth the splurge.

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2. Participate in the different experiences scattered throughout the Valley of Mo’ara.

You can stop by the Na'vi-built drum circle (with instruments that everyone can play), get your face painted into an actual Avatar to really ~become one~ with the world of Pandora, or chat with tour guides from Alpha Centauri Expeditions and scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative.

3. Chow down on the themed food.

Listen, if you're anything like me, food is an integral part of your theme park experience. But at Pandora, it's not your typical Mickey Ice Cream bars and soft pretzels. Instead, you can snack on things Cheeseburger Bao Buns and Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse pods, both of which make you feel like you've been transported from Orlando to another planet.

4. Experience the bioluminescence at night.

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At dusk, everything from the ground to the plants scattered around Pandora magically become bioluminescent, creating a beautiful glow-in-the-dark world. And if you wanna take it one step further, you can purchase interactive merchandise that plays along with the bioluminescent plants at night.

5. While you're (probably) waiting in a two-hour line, check out the film-inspired environment.

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While waiting in line for Avatar Flight of Passage, you get to explore a Na’vi cave, and walk through a research lab with ongoing science experiments (where you can check out the giant, life-like Avatar above), fully immersing yourself into the world of Pandora.

6. And obviously, experience the rides!

In Avatar Flight of Passage, you're matched to your very own Avatar before taking flight on a banshee over the incredible world of Pandora. And if a 3D motion ride isn't quite your thing, you can hop on board the Na'vi River Journey, which is a stunning boat ride through a bioluminescent rainforest — both of which are well worth the wait times.

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