• On Aug 26, 2017
    Len from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are seniors. I would like a detail description of the Banshee ride at the new Pandora area to know if this is a ride we can handle??

    Kaltxì (Hello) Len,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am delighted that you are considering experiencing Avatar Flight of Passage with Alpha Centauri Expeditions. It is, without question, unforgettable.

    From beginning to end, you will be immersed in the expedition experience. The ride queue is extensive and can be long. I suggest making a Fast Pass+ to reduce your wait time in line. There are stairs, quite a few of them if you have difficulty walking. If either of you need to use a wheelchair at the ride or a ramp as you exit, ask a cast member. 

    Once you are matched with your ikran (mountain banshee), you will be locked into the ride. The ride itself resembles a motorcycle with a restraint bar that comes up from behind and presses against your back, so you will lean slightly forward. You will have to position your feet and body close to the ride vehicle. My husband has osteoarthritis and he found the position to be quite uncomfortable. Having said that, the flight is relatively short and he rode it twice on our most recent visit!

    While soaring over Pandora, you will feel the breathing of your ikran as it drops through the Valley of Mo'ara. The sounds, wind and smells create an entire sensory experience. While on the ride, you just need to hold on to the handle bars. I have never felt as if I were going to fall off of the ride nor was I worried about my girls' ability to stay on the ride vehicle.

    Len, while I cannot say for certain whether or not you should ride it, I can say that it is a unique experience. Even if you choose not to ride Avatar Flight of Passage, I trust you will enjoy the rest of Pandora - The World of Avatar. 

    As we say on Pandora, Eywa ngahu (Eywa be with you),
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