Height requirements set for attractions in upcoming Pandora - The World of Avatar

Mar 07, 2017 in "Pandora - The World of Avatar"

The height requirements for the new rides in Pandora - The World of Avatar are now available.

The land's thrill ride, Avatar Flight of Passage, will have a 44" minimum height requirement. This puts it alongside Expedition Everest, Mission Space and Space Mountain, and notably higher than the similar Soarin' attraction at Epcot (40").

Disney describes Flight of Passage:

Get a banshee’s-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of Pandora on a rite of passage you won’t soon forget!

Deep in the heart of the Valley of Mo’ara, discover Avatar Flight of Passage—an all-new expedition that lets interstellar explorers like you climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking, first-person flight over the moon’s incredible landscape.

Bonding with a mountain banshee is a crucial step in the life of a Na’vi hunter—and flying on the back of one of these powerful winged creatures represents an important rite of passage.

Now, as a visitor to Pandora, you’ll finally have the chance to test yourself in a similar way!

As expected, Pandora's second attraction, Na'Vi River Journey will not have a height requirement.

Glide down a gentle, mysterious river and feel a sense of wonder as the full beauty of Pandora reveals itself. Located within the Valley of Mo’ara, Na’vi River Journey offers explorers an experience that has to be seen—and heard—to be believed!

As your expedition begins, climb aboard a reed boat and drift downstream. After coasting through a series of caves, and passing by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures of the rainforest, you’ll soon find yourself face-to-face with the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.

The adventure comes to a conclusion as the Shaman demonstrates her deep connection to the life force of Pandora—and sends positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music!

Pandora - The World of Avatar opens May 27 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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Article Posted: Mar 07, 2017 / 7:11am EST
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DaveeeeedApr 18, 2017

Probably somewhat because it is rougher, but maybe even to increase the ridership at AK? Dinosaur used to be higher, but other than toning down I don't know what else could have played a factor. I'm sure we'll get an answer from somebody that knows for sure though:p.

doctornickApr 18, 2017

One of the oddest things is how Dinosaur (40") and Indiana Jones Adventure (46") have such different requirements. While the "show" is totally different, isn't the ride vehicle, restraints and even the actual layout of the track exactly the same? Why would they be so different in terms of height restriction?

DaveeeeedApr 17, 2017

I've said that for the longest time yet people still seem to disagree.

Disney Dad 3000Mar 08, 2017

Haha. I can relate. Our first visit to AK after it had opened many years ago, we had my grandparents with us, and of course knew nothing about that ride. We told them sure, it's a nice seated dark ride, not a roller coaster, should not be too extreme for you. AK was our first park that trip and I don't think we ever talked them into another ride.

doctornickMar 07, 2017

It could go either way, but I hope for no tiering. DAK's attractions have the capacity and the spread our demand to get by without them. We'll find out soon enough (the end of this month).

RteetzMar 07, 2017

Yeah I don't think we see tiering go into AK but I could be wrong.

RSoxNo1Mar 07, 2017

@lentesta and Jim Hill had a discussion about this, and Len seems to be in the camp that it will. His suggestion was Na'vi River Journey and Flight of Passage in tier 1 and everything else in tier 2. I could also see Rivers of Light joining them in tier 1. Personally, I don't think it's necessary long term, but it may be necessary for the initial summer. My larger scale complaints of Fastpass+ aside, I would think the goal is to eliminate tiers in all parks.

msteelMar 07, 2017

It makes sense that height restrictions would be published soon, since some people will probably be eligible to make fastpass reservations in what, 11 days?

msteelMar 07, 2017

Here is a favorite memory from Dinosaur - On my first trip do WDW since I was a kid I knew nothing about Dinosaur except that it had animatronic dinosaurs in it. It was early in our first day in the parks and my (then) 7 year old and I convinced my (then) 4 year old to ride with us to "see the robot dinosaurs." In the queue and preshow the 4 year old had a growing realization that this was NOT what he had signed up for. I convinced him to get on anyway and we endured the ride. As we are walking out of the building the 7 year old says, "Hey Brother, do you want to go on that ride again?" and and of course the answer was a resounding "NO!" As I was about to reprimand the seven year old for insensitive teasing he replies, "Neither do I!"

rle4lunchMar 07, 2017

Can't get much calmer than Dinosaur.

rle4lunchMar 07, 2017

anything to keep you wandering and meandering around DAK. Oh look, a starbucks with every line out the door. maybe I can score me some one-of-a-kind tiger striped mickey ears while I wait? Now that's the Disney magic I was looking for! lol

IncomudroMar 07, 2017

It's quite obvious that this ride will have riders plummet off of cliffs, perform evasive maneuvers around trees and floating mountains and so on. I'm doubt if the whole ride will be radical, but it'll have it's moments.

DisneyWorld30thMar 07, 2017

I am wondering if Animal Kingdom will resort to a Tiered FastPass system whereas the two new Pandora rides will not be in the same tier. And require you to wait in the standby line for one or the other.

MansionButler84Mar 07, 2017

Height restrictions have little to do with intensity and more to do with the restraint system. After all, Dinosaur and Soarin have the same height restriction but very different intensities.