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What to Expect on Avatar Flight of Passage

What to Expect on Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage IS Disney’s newest thrill ride! The Imagineers did not disappoint on the main event for their new world of Pandora land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The best part of the whole thing is they managed to find a way to make a thrill ride that was still family friendly versus other Disney attractions. So with all that said you may be wondering just how scary is Avatar Flight of Passage. Well after a few rides on it I can let you know what to expect of Avatar Flight of Passage.

What is Flight of Passage?

The Flight of Passage is the most anticipated ride of the two that opened in Pandora at the Animal Kingdom. Now I am a huge ride CHICKEN! I was so nervous going onto the Flight of Passage for the first time because there was so little information out there on what the heck is going to happen to you. I don’t like to be dropped, I don’t want to be spun, basically, I don’t want to be sick. So I am going to share my ride through experience with you, yes there are SPOILERS ahead! This way you can decide if this attraction is suitable for you and your family.

Disney states Avatar Flight of Passage as, “a banshee’s eye view of the beauty and grandeur of Pandora on a rite of passage you won’t soon forget!” Also, they used, “Fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an exhilarating, 3D ride above this vast moon.” You can see how this left much to the imagination on how they would simulate this ride.

The Flight of Passage Queue

Explore the walls of the cave to see the foreshadowing of what’s ahead on your Avatar adventure.

Make sure you wear your comfy shoes because this has to be the longest queue I have seen for a Disney attraction to date. If you are waiting in the standby line you will start by meandering underneath the floating rocks and traveling upwards into the mountains. This is where you want to whip those cameras out and snap a family shot because you can really get some great stuff. After what feels like a mile long walk, you then journey inside the mountain. Here cave-like tunnels have been carved out and painted on. This is where you get a picture of what is ahead. The walls are covered with drawings of the Banshee and Navi.

Journey into a dark jungle lit with amazing flowers and plants.

Journey into a dark jungle lit with amazing flowers and plants.

Next, you head into this amazing bioluminescence zone. I think I have forgotten to mention that from the second you step foot in this new world the sound of animals, bugs, and nature surround you. The same holds true for this queue, making this portion a little spooky, if ya know, bugs aren’t your thing. While in the forest you stumble across the scientist lab, where they are clearly researching the life on Pandora as well as how to link to the Navi.

Take a peek at one of the desks.

Take a peek at one of the desks.

In this room, you also come across the creepiest part of the queue, a FULL-size Avatar in some sort of incubation tank. He moves, looks real, and I was just waiting for his eyes to pop open and someone to cue the scary movie background music. All joking aside be sure to take a look around and soak in all the hidden gems, there is so much to see!

Life size Avatar

After the scientist labs, you are so close! You enter a giant room where you can see humans getting linked to their Avatars by a computer. Then it is on to the sorting. You will line up in groups of 14 people to enter into the pre-show room. A cast member will assign you a number before you enter. Remember this, because you will need to find your number a few more times.

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Pre-show Video for Flight of Passage

 

Once you have waited and waited now it’s time for the show! Well, two pre-shows to be exact. The first room you go into explains the adventure you are about to embark on. Inside this room, you will link to an Avatar who is flying on a Banshee. As you know if you watched the movie, is an important rite of passage for the Navi.

What happens to you in this room? They run some strobe lights during scans and blow some air while they decontaminate you and find you an Avatar match.

The next pre-show room is just a safety video. They run down how you are going to board your link machine. The link machine is the device you sit on and allows you to experience flying on a Banshee.

Loading onto your Avatar Link Chair

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The ride vehicle is unique to Walt Disney World, and there is a lot of discussions online about the leg and back restraints. Similar to the Tron Coaster in Shanghai Disney, the vehicles are similar to a motorcycle, with a seat that you straddle. The automated restraints are built directly into the seat and are engaged directly before the ride starts. Because the seats are meant to keep your body safe throughout the experience, you’ll feel pressure as they are turned on.

Let’s talk about how comfortable they may or may not be. Everyone has a different body type and when creating an experience like Flight of Passage with new technologies, the ride designers have made conscious decisions to give as much information prior to guests being seated in the experience, without spoiling. With guests of larger frames, it’s similar to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, where you may end up being a little uncomfortable. The difference with Disney’s version is that you’re riding a vehicle that looks like a motorcycle, so your body is in a leaning position.

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If you are worried about waiting in a 2-hour line only to find out that you can not securely ride on Flight of Passage there is a test vehicle outside the attraction. Here there is normally a cast member who can advise you on how to properly get into the vehicle.

For us, the loading part took quite some time. It was a nice distraction to have the screens in front of you telling you how much progress has been made on linking. Our progress bar stayed around 64% for a long time and then all of a sudden before I could bail out we were linked and off!

Stats for Flight of Passage

Accessibility for Flight of Passage

  • Must transfer to standard wheelchair, and then to ride vehicle
  • Audio Description
  • Assistive Listening
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Video Captioning

Advisories for Flight of Passage

  • The seating and restraints of this attraction may prohibit Guests of certain body shapes or sizes from riding.
  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.

Rider Switch

  • Rider switch offered.

Guest Policies

  • WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person aged 14 years or older.

Will Flight of Passage Give You Motion Sickness?

Of course, this is a hard topic to cover as motion sickness is so different for each individual. However, since Flight of Passage is a simulator-based attraction the chances of getting motion sick are very real. Thankfully, I have not gotten motion sick from this particular attraction nor have any of my family members or friends we have visited the parks with. To give you some more insight I do get sick on rides like Star Tours and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (located at Universal Orlando).

Flight of Passage often gets compared to Soarin, while I feel this ride is so much more it is probably the closest thing to this ride. I find more people have issues with Soarin than Flight of Passage. So if you can handle Soarin without motion sickness than odds are you will be just fine on Flight of Passage.

A tip to avoid motion sickness on this ride is to simply close your eyes. You will still feel the movement of the banshee but it is nowhere near as intense. I often close my eyes cause the dropping sensation feels a little too intense of this ride (yup, I am a big old chicken). But for my fellow friends out there like me this is the best tip I can give you! Plus when you get a little queezy I find a cool breeze greatly helpful and there is plenty of that happening on this ride too!

Our Review of Flying on Pandora’s Flight of Passage

 

 

 

I really can’t explain how the next part starts. All of a sudden you go from sitting in this room to out flying over the moon of Pandora. This whole process happens so fast you don’t even really realize what is happening. Of course, almost immediately your Banshee takes a deep dive. This prompted me to first scream and then immediately shut my eyes. This is when I realized I could breathe again and I was going to be okay.

The platform that you start on slides out enabling your link chair to move up and down as the Banshee flies. You are in front of a giant screen like that of Soarin in Epcot. This screen, however, is so crisp and realistic it’s a whole new ballgame. Much like the cars on Dinosaur all you are doing is being tilted and go up and down just a few feet.

So fear not! If it gets too scary, intense, or starts to feel like you are free-falling hundreds of feet in the air just close your eyes. It helps me return to a semi-reasonable heart rate so I could watch some more. The other plus of this ride is it isn’t a nausea-inducing mess that other rides can be. We are thinking of rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Simpsons, or even sometimes Star Tours. Worst case, the movie is four and a half minutes long, you close your eyes and bounce around a bit.

The flight itself is full of surprises, I won’t give them all away here. Be on the lookout for some of the unique creatures of Pandora. One of my favorite parts was taking in the smells as well. Even be sure to notice that you can feel the Banshee breathing breath you as you ride around.

What’s Next?

You can watch a video of the walkthrough up to the actual attraction here! If you don’t mind spoilers we also have the video of the flight of passage as well!

For more of our insights into this amazing new land for Disney’s Animal Kingdom check out the new dining location Satu’li Canteen Dining Review! We also cover how to Accomplish Everything in Disney Pandora during your next Disney vacation.

Amy

Friday 7th of December 2018

No drops at all! Feels like you are but ride is stationary and just moves from side to side up and down. Never leaves platform really! Incredible ride!!!

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Thursday 6th of December 2018

Same here I hate big drops too! You don’t actually drop you are in front a screen and they tip and tilt plus blow air in your face to make you feel like you are.

stefanie shaw

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Ok, so are there big drops like a coaster or just feels like possibly you are about to fall but don't really? I despise the big drops! :)

Patty Staricha

Thursday 6th of December 2018

Same here I hate big drops too! You don't actually drop you are in front a screen and they tip and tilt plus blow air in your face to make you feel like you are.

AmyS

Friday 15th of June 2018

Would this be bad for necks? So want to ride it, but trying to figure out how jerky the ride is.

Patty Staricha

Friday 15th of June 2018

Disney World does warn don’t ride if you’re pregnant, have back or neck problems, or are prone to motion sickness. It's not as bad as the Dinosaur ride (if you have been on that before) On Avatar the movements are more smooth since you're are getting the feeling of flying but it does have some jerky moments when you are avoiding certain elements on Pandora.

Leah @ The Frugal South

Friday 26th of May 2017

I loved your preview! Can't wait to ride it next month!

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