pandora boat; Family riding on Na'vi River Journey
  • On Oct 4, 2023
    Alison from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Mandy, NOLA girl here again. How do you see Pandora at Animal Kingdom at night? Is there a certain time you should be in line? Do you use Genie + for this? Thanks, Alison

    Hey there, hi there, Alison! You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney. Thanks for stopping by with another great question, my friend!

    Since you already know about Pandora - The World of Avatar's beautiful bioluminescence at night, it sounds like your Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park planning is off to a practically perfect start. Exploring Pandora during the day and at night are two totally different experiences, and seeing the land once the sun sets is a must-do. I'm more than happy to help you experience the gorgeous glow of Pandora at night.

    I think you will be happy to hear that there is no need to wait in line or use the Disney Genie+ service to explore this incredible land and see the stunning Valley of Mo'ara during the day or night. Once the sun sets, just walk around and explore! During your December vacation, the sun will be setting around 5:30 p.m. and it should be getting dark around 6:30 p.m. Since the park is open until 7:00 p.m. during your visit, this should give you plenty of time to roam around and enjoy the bioluminescent beauty and wonder of Pandora - The World of Avatar at night.

    The attractions in Pandora, Avatar Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey, are some of the best attractions in all of Walt Disney World Resort and are not to be missed, and since the attractions are indoors, you get the same incredible experience during the day and at night. Since these attractions are so amazing and popular, I do recommend using Disney Genie+ and/or an Individual Lightning Lane to skip the long lines for these. Usually, my family and I will purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Avatar Flight of Passage on the My Disney Experience app right at 7:00 a.m., and we "rope drop" (arrive before park opening) Navi River Journey during Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests. When you enter Pandora, the crowd will be heading to the right towards Avatar Flight of Passage ... just stay left to rope drop Navi River Journey!

    Making a trip back to Pandora to see it at night is absolutely worth it. I recommend planning to have dinner at Satu'li Canteen (one of my favorite quick-service restaurants) or grab a drink at Pongu Pongu for your nighttime adventure. 

    I hope this helps, Alison, and I hope you have the most magical and memorable time at The Most Magical Place on Earth. Please feel free to stop by any time with any questions you may have. You've got a friend in me.

    Sivako ("Rise to the challenge")!


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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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