Ride a banshee
Your first stop on the planet of Pandora, home to the blue, long-tailed Nav’i people, is the Flight of Passage. The exhilarating ride makes it feel as though you’re soaring through the spectacular Valley of Mo’ara on a winged banshee. Although you’ll no doubt be in hurry to try out the motorcycle-like seat that pulses beneath you as though you’re riding a real flying creature, slow down as you walk through the Resources Development Association (RDA) laboratories on the way to the ride. Here you’ll spot some amazing Disney Imagineering, including a 10-foot tall Na’vi suspended in a tank and science experiments that react to your presence. Tip: Lean forward on the motorcycle “seat” to really feel like you’re soaring through the air.
River raft with a shaman
The Na’vi River Journey is a mesmerizing, slow floating boat ride through a bioluminescent rain forest. Listen as you float through the ride and you’ll hear animals calling back and forth to each other. Around the bend you’ll encounter the Shaman of Songs who sings a tune that will stick in your head almost as much as “It’s a Small World.” Extra bonus: On a hot day, this is the coolest place in Pandora; as soon as you enter the cave-like atmosphere, you’re met with a cooling breeze. Tip: Look up, the lily pads often reveal the scampering feet of 6-legged creatures. Peek between the plants to spot other “wildlife” in the underbrush.