Adults Do Disney: Animal Kingdom Favorites – Pandora Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Hawkes’ Grog Ale and More!

Day 2 of Adults Do Disney starts at Animal Kingdom!

If you missed Day 1 of where we stayed, Disney Springs Favorites and Around the World Showcase at Epcot, check out this post!

Once we booked our hotel and knew we would be staying at a Disney Resort property I was totally excited to stalk down the Extra Magic Hours that resort guests get to take advantage of! It’s different every day what parks open early and which stay open late – only for guests staying at Disney hotels.

My mom and I were able to take advantage of getting into Animal Kingdom at 8am {before the park officially opened at 9am!}

And you know what that means….

Pandora!

I have walked through Pandora before with the boys – on one of our previous visits – but wasn’t able to ever go on any of the rides there because of the long wait times. But with no kids in tow, we were able to put in the time!

I guess everyone had the same plan we did, because we made a bee line straight for Avatar Flight of Passage and still ended up waiting 1.5 hours to go on the 5 minute long ride.

But it was totally worth it.

Pandora is beyond beautiful. Disney did an exceptional job with this part of the park, it’s amazing to be in. While we waited in the line, we were able to really enjoy the scenery – and take lots of photos too!

And the 90 minute wait went by super quick because the line kept moving the entire time and there were so many cool things to see – like this floating avatar.

In real life, it’s moving in the water – So cool.

On the Flight of Passage, you get to fly on the back of a mountain banshee for a thrilling 3D ride exploring Pandora.

Thrilling is exactly what it is – and so much fun! I would ride it again in a heartbeat and I hope to bring the boys back again soon so they can enjoy it too!

After Avatar Flight of Passage, the sun, moon and stars all aligned and I was able to score FastPass tickets to the Na’vi River Journey, which is also in Pandora.

This we were able to walk right on because of the FastPasses, which was amazing. It’s a slow boat ride through the bioluminescent rainforest of Pandora. So it was awesome to be able to see a different part of it – after just seeing it from the sky in Flight of Passage. This is a family friendly ride that anyone would enjoy – highly recommend, especially if you don’t have to wait too long!

Next we got to meet a Pandora Conservation Initiative scientist —operating the towering Pandora Utility Suit, an awe-inspiring piece of research equipment. He was like a real life transformer! If you’ve seen Pandora, the movie – you will appreciate this!

Then it was time to check out some of the cool beverages in Pandora that I had seen all over Instagram! My mom got the Night Blossom: Layers of apple and desert pair limeade topped with passion fruit boba balls. She loved it and I loved taking pictures of it because it was so pretty!

I tried a Hawkes’ Grog Ale, which is a fruity hop with notes of apricot and peach. This was DELICIOUS. The perfect beer to enjoy on a warm day, walking around the park.

I think it was also about 10am when I got this but hey #vacation!

After seeing and doing everything in Pandora, we decided to explore the rest of Animal Kingdom. Aside from Pandora there are  five other sections of the park – Dinoland USA, Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa and Asia.

With the Tree of Life right smack dab in the middle.

We made our way over to Africa to check out the Festival of the Lion King. My mom had never seen this before so I was excited to share it with her – its such an amazing show! This show has singers, dancers, aerialists, fire eaters and more. It’s super entertaining and I’m convinced there’s not a bad seat in the house!

Next we used another Fast Pass and hit up the Kilimanjaro Safari – I love this ride because its very well done and you get to see so many animals and the scenery of the African savanna is breathtaking!

This trip was fun because we got to see a Baby Hippo..

And a baby giraffe!

So beautiful.

I was keeping an eye on the wait time for the Dinosaur ride, but it didn’t make sense for us to wait too long for it, so we ended up saying farewell to Animal Kingdom after a great morning!

Off to Toy Story Land, stay tuned !

What’s your favorite thing to see or do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?! I’d love to hear it!

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  • Reply Patty December 5, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Loved the recap, we had an awesome day in Animal Kingdom!

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