• On Jul 25, 2017
    Melissa mcbrayer from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning a November 2017 surprise trip for my children, 11 and 14, and we are staying in the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time. I'm wondering when we may know if Animal Kingdom hours will be increased for Pandora? Thank you!

    Hi Melissa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am excited to hear that you are planning a trip with your children to the Walt Disney World Resort and am ecstatic to know that you are planning to visit Pandora!

    Unfortunately, even after calling to speak with a cast member at 407-939-5277, I was not able to find any more information about additional extra magic hours for Pandora during the dates of your visit.  As of now, the "Extra" Extra Magic Hours are set to end on August 19th. I suggest that you keep checking the park hours to see if any updates appear or feel free to check back with us again as it gets closer to the dates of your visit.

    As you may have heard, Pandora - The World of Avatar is stunning. The floating mountains are simply breathtaking. My all-time favorite attraction is now Avatar Flight of Passage. My girls just rode this ride for the first time and their reactions were fantastic - "best ride ever" reaction. Just be sure you take a walk through the Valley of Mo'ara at night so that you can experience the bioluminescence.  I did check the time of sunset for your trip dates and it looks like you will have about an hour and a half to enjoy Pandora at night before the park closes (assuming the park hours remain the same).

    Melissa, also be sure to see Rivers of Light if possible. Just check the show times for the specific date(s) you plan to visit Animal Kingdom. As an added bonus on our last experience at Rivers of Light, we had a lively 2-year old sitting behind us who narrated his amazement during the entire show. He loved the floating flowers!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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