Visiting Pandora World of Avatar at Night

Visiting Pandora World of Avatar at Night

Some things at Walt Disney World are just amazing. Pandora at night was one of them. While Animal Kingdom doesn’t always offer evening hours, keeping an eye on the Animal Kingdom hours to head to Pandora at night is always a good idea. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should put aside an evening to see Pandora World of Avatar at Night. Pandora World of Avatar Review, Things to DoPandora World of Avatar

Pandora at Night in Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom often closes early. This is most common in the winter months, with summer months often seeing slightly extended hours. So depending on when you are going to Animal Kingdom, you may or may not really be able to full see Pandora at night in Animal Kingdom. Which is a shame because we think this is when it’s at its best! Here are all the ways Pandora is different at night. 

How is Pandora, World of Avatar Different at Night?

During the daytime hours, you can see the floating mountains, the gorgeous scenery, and grab pics in front of the moss wall. BUT, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen this place lit up at night. Yes! It actually glows. Just like in the movie Avatar, a dull calm sweeps around this land as soon as night falls. With the hum of night creatures and waterfalls in the background, a soft blue glow weaves through everything from the ground up. 

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Pandora World of Avatar Atmosphere at Night

Pandora in Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World can be pretty crazy during the daytime. With crowds in line for Flight of Passage, the wait can sometimes be close to two hours. The word CALM is not associated with daytime hours. At night, however, the combination of sights, sounds, and the Drum Circle Show helps reconnect everyone to the Earth, just the way Disney intended. Know that even if you haven’t seen the Avatar film, you will still get all the feels from this new land at Animal Kingdom. Plan for a calm, blissful evening. As if you were strolling through the safest, most wondrous place, 4.4 light-years away in the World of Avatar. 

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The Sounds of Pandora

The “natural’ sounds of Pandora were great during the daytime. You could hear little animals in the landscaping and natural greenery. The waterfalls rushed through the background and the sounds of drums in the distance. At night the drum sounds intensify to mimic the heartbeat of the planet. Sounds of different creatures emerge in the landscape and the healers of the drum circle offer a nightly show. Gather around the drum circle near the small bridge to get the best views and feel the heartbeat of the music. 

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The Sights of Pandora

What really brings the land alive at night is that everything glows in bio-luminescence. With plants that light up, lights behind waterfalls, and light coming up through the threads in the ground, the place almost doesn’t even need artificial lighting. 


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The Photo Ops in Pandora at Night

One of the coolest photo ops can be had at a small cave space to the right of the drum circle area. This space is covered in blue veins that run across the ground. Even if you just go to grab the cool Black Light Pictures, its worth it:)

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Rides at Pandora, World of Avatar

While the rides at Pandora, World of Avatar don’t change in the evening, it may be your best bet at shorter lines. Na’vi River Journey is a very short boat ride. Amazing, yes, but it kills us to stand in line for 1.5 hours for a 2-minute ride. This ride naturally has shorter lines in the evening. The same goes for Flight of Passage. While we love this queue, you can grab a Lightning Lane Pass in the My Disney Experience app if you’re willing to pay to skip the line.  Flight of Passage really is the most amazing ride. So if you can’t grab it sometime during the day, make it a priority to head to Pandora at Night. The line usually drops quite low right before closing. This is especially true for times when the Park is open longer. Like during the summer. 

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 5 Reasons you Should Visit Pandora, World of Avatar at Night

So there you have it! Shorter lines for rides, hushed sounds, glowing sights, fun photo ops, and a calm atmosphere make Pandora at Night one of our Disney Must-Do items. Since opening in 2017, this new land at Animal Kingdom has seen nonstop crowds. So plan to get in all your Animal Kingdom Must-Dos during the day. Add in an amazing dinner at S’atuli Canteen and stay for the drum show. We hope you love strolling through Pandora as much as we do! 

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Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .

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