Pandora Family Floating Mountains
  • On Feb 21, 2020
    Christina from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We heard that animal kingdom allow guest to line up for flight of passage before the park opens? Also told they will open that ride before the park opens? If so, when do you recommend we arrive? Also heard this practice may stop in 2020? Advise? Thank you!

    Hi, Christina!  Thanks for visiting us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    As the Na'vi say, "Sivako!"  This means "rise to the challenge," and it can often seem like a challenge to obtain FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage.  This attraction is extremely popular, and rightfully so.  Soaring over the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Pandora on the back of a mountain banshee is an experience like no other.  For guests who were unable to choose Avatar Flight of Passage as a FastPass+ selection, or for those simply hoping to experience this thrilling attraction multiple times, arriving at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park early in the morning is a great strategy to avoid extended wait times.

    Theme park opening procedures take place largely at Cast Members' discretion and are subject to change at any time.  That being said, I would be happy to give you some information based on what I have personally experienced on my own recent visits to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.  

    In my experience, guests are often allowed to go through park security and even begin scanning their MagicBands and admission cards to enter through the gates at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park before the park's stated opening time.  Guests who enter early do not have access to all areas of the park prior to opening time, but on several of my recent visits, we were permitted to walk to Pandora and begin lining up for Avatar Flight of Passage just outside of the entrance to the attraction queue.  When I have rope dropped Avatar Flight of Passage, the Cast Members began letting the guests who had lined up access the attraction as soon as the park officially opened for the day.

    As I stated before, these procedures are always subject to change, but I would advise you to check the park hours for the day of your visit and plan on arriving at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park about an hour before the park is set to open.  If you will be leaving your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel before the busses begin running, Disney's Minnie Van Service is a great option for your early morning transportation needs.  The Minnie Vans begin operating daily at 6:30 a.m., and you can request and pay for your Minnie Van using the Lyft app.

    I hope you have a wild time at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park!
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