Category Archives: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Quality Quick Service: Satu’li Canteen

One of the newest Quick Service restaurants at Walt Disney World is the Satu’li Canteen inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  The Satu’li Canteen is part of the awesome land of Pandora.

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As you wander around the amazing world of Pandora, you will soon come upon a structure that blends into the natural landscape.  This is Satu’li Canteen.

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The interior is vast, with high ceilings and plenty of seating available.  Another great feature is the soda machines are located in the seating area – so you can refill your drinks during your meal!

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Before you choose your seats, you are guided to an area to order your food.  The menus are on the digital boards and you are also handed paper menus to peruse as you wait in line.

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The “Create-Your-Own Satu’li Bowl” is an interesting way to customize your meal.  First you choose a protein, then a base and then a sauce.  There are many delicious combinations you can ask for, so everyone in your family can get what they like.  The bowls are all served with crunchy vegetable slaw and yogurt boba balls.

Our first dish combined the “Slow Roasted Beef” protein with red and sweet potato hash topped with a creamy herb dressing.  This was so fresh and yummy.

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Next, we had the chopped, wood-grilled chicken, over whole grain rice and topped with a flavorful charred onion chimichurri sauce.  Delicious.

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Sneak Peek of the two new attractions at Pandora – The World of Avatar

 

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Kingdom Planners was thrilled to be invited to a “Sneak Peek” of the amazing new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Pandora – The World of Avatar.

This new land includes two incredible new attractions.  The first, an “e-ticket” attraction, is Avatar Flight of Passage.  The second is a much more gentle ride named Na’vi River Journey.

 

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During the preview, the stand-by wait was posted as 25 minutes… and luckily it was even shorter than that.  The queue itself takes about 5 minutes to walk through, even without a line!  I’m sure that the stand-by wait will be much more than 25 minutes once Pandora opens to the general public.  Get your FastPass+ now!

 

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The queue was very well-themed.  There were so many details that it would be difficult to notice everything in only one or two rides.

 

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The eco-friendly message is clear throughout the land of Pandora.

 

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As you get closer to riding, there is more information on how humans can “link” to their Avatar.

 

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A board tracks all of the human-Avatar links and where their banshees are located.

 

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An empty queue line – this will be a very rare shot in another week!

 

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Getting closer to riding a banshee!  You step on your assigned number and you are matched with your Avatar.

 

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After the match, no more photos are allowed.  You are then led into a room where you are fitted to your banshee.  You put on your special (3D) glasses, are linked to your Avatar, and take the flight of your life!

In our opinion, the ride is not scary, but the illusion of flight may be too much for those who are afraid of heights. As one Cast Member put it, this attraction is “Soarin’ on steroids”!

If Avatar Flight of Passage is too much for some members of your party, or if you have young ones with you, then the Na’vi River Passage is the attraction for you.

 

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Similar to “it’s a small world,” this attraction is a gentle boat ride.

 

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Your journey takes you deep into a bioluminescent forest, where you see and hear the wonders of Pandora.

 

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On your ride, you come face-to-face with the mystical creatures and glowing plant life of the rainforest.

 

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At the end of your adventure, you meet the Na’vi Shamen of Songs.  She sends her positive energy out to the forest and to you as well.

 

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The Na’vi Shaman of Songs is the most complicated Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering and meeting her is an impressive ending to this attraction.

 

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The two attractions in this new land are stunning and experiencing them is a must on any Walt Disney World vacation.  There is much to explore in Pandora – The World of Avatar.  In addition to the rides, there is the unique landscape to explore plus unique dining and shopping opportunities.

When are you planning your journey to Pandora – The World of Avatar?

Amazing Sneak Peek of Pandora – The World of Avatar

 

Kingdom Planners was fortunate enough to be invited to a “Sneak Peek” of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land – Pandora – The World of Avatar!  We were so excited to be allowed into the newest land at Walt Disney World.

 

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As we walked past the security gates (the land does not officially open to the public until May 27th), we were greeted by official envoys of  ACE (Alpha Centauri Expeditions).  With their help, we were transported to a new world, Pandora.

 

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We began our adventure by exploring the gorgeous Valley of Mo’ara.  Lush and filled with exotic flora and fauna, it is like nothing you’ve seen back on Earth.

 

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The enormous floating mountains are definitely the focal point of this amazing landscape.

 

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And although Pandora is beautiful during the day, the forest glows with bioluminescence at night – which will be even more spectacular!

 

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I found a little banshee friend (you can find your own in the Windtraders gift shop).  You will notice that there are no “Disney” themed gifts available in Windtraders, as you have truly left Earth.  Even the shopping  bags are “Pandorian” – not from Walt Disney World or Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

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So that is a preview of the wonderful Valley of Mo’ara area of Pandora – The World of Avatar.  In addition to the sights and sounds of the alien atmosphere, there will also be a Na’vi-built drum circle where you can play and new Wilderness Explorer badges and challenges.

This new world opens on May 27, 2017 and as a benefit to Walt Disney Resort guests, special Extra Magic Hours  for Pandora will be extended from 11pm-1am (through July 4th).

More posts are coming with information on the dining and attractions in this amazing new land.

When are you going to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar?