1. Welcome to the WDWMAGIC.COM Forums!
    Please take a look around, and feel free to sign up and join the community.You can use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign up, or register directly.
    Dismiss Notice

Not Impressed with Pandora

Discussion in 'WDW Parks General Discussion' started by Lou Filerman, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. JusticeDisney

    JusticeDisney Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2015
    Messages:
    599
    Likes Received:
    490
    Could not disagree with you more. IMO, the place was spectacular at night, Navi River ride is the best of its kind, and FOP is the best ride in any of the 4 parks. Anyway, to each his own.
     
  2. crxbrett

    crxbrett Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    380
    I actually saw a booth in one of the big shops where people sat down and got their face scanned and then could get a custom Avatar figure with their likeness. Is this what you mean? It looked really cool! But I geel like it should have been part of the FoP attraction instead of being in a shop. Perhaps both would be ideal?
     
  3. parkhopper1213

    parkhopper1213 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    164
    Likes Received:
    149
    I was impressed with Pandora and thought it was a great change over camp Minnie/Mickey. I would like to see it expanded. After all, its 2 rides, a store and a restaurant. Its a big draw to the park. After much waiting, finally got to see Rivers of Light. Was not impressed. It wasn't anything different for us.
     
  4. Tk0021

    Tk0021 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2016
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    58
    I am glad I am not the only one with this opinion. I just got back and I was underwhelmed. I did like the river ride and DD 6 really liked it. The land was cool at night, but during the day it seemed blah. For me with the time and money reportly spent I expected more, but I don't know amusement park construction financing.
     
    lostpro9het and Jamie77 like this.
  5. Frank semmel

    Frank semmel New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0

    Yea i agree A bugs life is much better. Lol lol lol.
    Crack kills sweetheart!!!
     
  6. tl77

    tl77 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,555
    Likes Received:
    2,214
    I've only seen video of it, but I'm not super anxious to go see it either. It's part of this new trend to build these huge "immersive environments" with lots of pretty rock work/landscaping but not much to do... I think Fantasyland at the magic Kingdom is still the busiest area on the whole property because it has so many rides and attractions so close to each other, I'm not sure why this isn't the norm
     
  7. Cado603

    Cado603 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2016
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    13
    Not that new section of Fantasyland that was just built. Went in there once and had to go in to go on Mermaid ride again with people who had not gone before. Months of walls and construction for what a storybook picture op and that awful mermaid ride and food of course. River ride at AK was boring actually so boring I could not tell you what I saw. Did not go on other ride yet. Maybe in fall. but unimpressed with all the greenery did not even bother to go at night. Too dark
     
    tl77 likes this.
  8. MowgliBaloo

    MowgliBaloo New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    2
    We went two weekends ago. Only time in my life I've been to AK three days in a row.
    Friday we went to see Pandora at night - pretty cool! It was darker than I expected, but interesting. Didn't do any rides as the lines were too long. We ate dinner at the Canteen and liked the variety, and difference from other places in AK.
    Saturday my son and I waited in line 150 minutes for FoP because I thought if we don't, we won't get to do it at all on this trip. Normally we won't wait more than 20 minutes for any ride. Wow, we like Soarin' but FoP was awesome, and we felt it was worth the wait. FoP is much more immersive than Soarin' and we didn't think they were alike at all. NRJ wasn't overly exciting, but we didn't think it was lame either.
    Sunday we scored FP+ for FoP. I wasn't sure how much my fun daughter and her friend would have, because they get car sick - but they loved it. My daughter timed the ride, and it was just under 8 minutes (ride only). All three kids said it was way better than Soarin'. Then we all rode NRJ - it's a mellow ride. We enjoyed the desserts from the canteen, and boba drink from Pongu Pongu. Very neat to see Pandora during the day and compare it to what we saw at night.
    We can't wait to ride FoP again.
    One thing I did notice - maybe because it is all greenery and outdoors - but I saw a lot of places where the paint and coverings weren't complete, and you could see the speakers, wiring, chicken wire, etc., underneath/behind the landscaping.
     
    fractal and GeoDonJac34 like this.
  9. Jeff456

    Jeff456 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2007
    Messages:
    1,092
    Likes Received:
    1,150
    I thought it looked absolutely stunning, it blew me away, it felt much bigger than I imagined it! FoP is incredible, however it is more enjoyable when you can't see others in your peripheral vision, the first time I road it I was in the centre and saw no one, on my second ride through I could see people in my peripheral vision on my left hand side which was a little distracting but it was still great.
    I expected very little of NRF given the feedback I had seen on it (not that much as I did not want to spoil the land) so was pleasantly surprised. The animatronic is great, it would have been good to see it for longer. I did however see lots of little details I really enjoyed. I did it twice over a two week trip, I would not queue for a third time but will ride it in the future.
    I didn't wait for either ride I used two FPs on FOP and one on NRJ then walked on at opening one day.
    I understand what people have said about it being not that bright at night the bio-luminescence could have been slightly brighter I think but it does still look great.
    On the 2nd of September both rides were down for EMH and then still down until around midday I think, this meant we didn't use our last FOP fastpass and went to Epcot instead (they opened soon after I left) however I have never seen such a long queue at guest relations (this was at about 11am) lots of people wanting their money back I imagine with both rides being shut.
    Animal Kingdom felt very busy all trip although other lines were not that badly affected by Pandora.
     
  10. Chef Mickey

    Chef Mickey Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    3,653
    Likes Received:
    6,660
    It's because of money and poor decision making at the parks, namely WDW. The new normal for lands is ~2 rides and wait....forever. See SWL and TSL. New Fantasyland too. Could they have built 5 iattractions in Pandora? Kept Snow White? Kept Mr. Toad? Sure, but that's more money, time, and most importantly, an "all in" approach with higher operating costs.

    I firmly believe Disney just wants to get by with a safe investment in "can't miss" territory. that is also the most economical to run. Building out Pandora would have been far more risk and money, so they just opted for 2 rides they saw as can't miss. Unfortunately, I don't think they'll ever expand it meaningfully because they haven't expanded anywhere without first taking something away. Tron is about the only fully new attraction, but you can bet we'll lose something else in TL by the time that opens.

    Tron was safe because it's been done before, is a rollercoaster, and doesn't involve any outside the box thinking. It will work and that's what they want. There is no ambition anymore due to fear of disappointing shareholders.
     
  11. Matt_Black

    Matt_Black Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2013
    Messages:
    10,852
    Likes Received:
    23,175
    A co-worker just got back from Disney, and she thought Pandora was excellent.
     
    fractal likes this.
  12. Terri harrison

    Terri harrison New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    I can't wait to see this in a few days , no mater what I think of Pandora ( I expect I will love it) . I will always think this is the best zoo I have and pretty sure will ever go to! This is a beautiful park and pretty Darn fun!!! Take a look around enjoy the beauty the rides are a extra bonus !
     
    Derrit and Matt_Black like this.
  13. Matt_Black

    Matt_Black Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2013
    Messages:
    10,852
    Likes Received:
    23,175
    And don't forget all the fun entertainment!
     
  14. tl77

    tl77 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,555
    Likes Received:
    2,214
    Yeah they're definitely going with "brand name things that they feel are safe bets" that's the Iger way, and then they sell action figures and video games ect... based on those names as well. Like the JJ Abrams Star Wars movie had all this dialogue about "how to pilot the Millennium Falcon" as a tie in to the forthcoming rides/themed land ect... that's basically the "scam" they've engineered, because they think this will keep bringing in money and keep the shareholders happy...

    What I can't get over is how much space/land is being dedicated to things that only have 2 rides & attractions, compared to the Magic Kingdom that has like 40 rides & attractions. The ticket price is the same at all 4 parks, I think the average person is smart enough to realize that they get a lot more for their more going to the Magic Kingdom because it has the most stuff to do, it's not any specific "name brand" that's drawing people to MK, and it's not like people go to Frontierland and marvel at the architecture of the building and landscaping... they go to ride Big Thunder & Splash Mountains and maybe see the Country Bears and the 3 o'clock parade before they hop on the train to Fantsayland or walk over to Pirates and the Jungle Cruise and see Adventureland

    Avatar-land is so big, has so little to do, is and so landlocked from the rest of the park, I personally don't see the appeal of it, I got the gist of it from YouTube, and I don't feel that if the next few Avatar movies are huge hits it'll make me like Pandora any better... and Star Wars-land is "14"?? acres of 2 rides, and a lot of replica spaceships and people doing "cos-play"? Maybe I'm old and out of touch but pretending I'm Han Solo with my magic band isn't my idea of a good time on vacation.
     
    Magicart87 likes this.
  15. Chef Mickey

    Chef Mickey Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    3,653
    Likes Received:
    6,660
    Good post and I agree. A large land needs more than 2 rides, not matter how great. MK is the best model of what a theme park should be.

    Multiple attractions in each land, incredible detail, and plenty to do.

    I think your assessment is correct as well. If merch can't be sold in massive quantities, no sense in building the ride. The days of Splash Mountain (just a great ride) are gone. You have to capitalize at the studio, the park, and in consumer products for it to make the cut now.
     
    tl77 likes this.
  16. Matt_Black

    Matt_Black Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2013
    Messages:
    10,852
    Likes Received:
    23,175
    The number of rides doesn't concern me. If I cared about the quantity of rides, I could go to numerous theme parks a lot closer to home.

    And, remember, EPCOT didn't have all that many rides when it opened, and everyone here speaks of EPCOT opening day in revered, hushed tones usually reserved for religious ceremonies.
     
  17. DisneyGirl3820

    DisneyGirl3820 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    325
    We were blown away. When Pandora first opened, we watched YouTube videos of it and I have to admit, it didn't look too impressive. BUT when we actually went there, it took on a whole new dimension. Words can't describe the details and the obvious time and imagination that went into creating it. A "magical" place is an understatement.
     
    fractal likes this.
  18. Derrit

    Derrit Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2015
    Messages:
    632
    Likes Received:
    1,302
    In Star Wars land you're suppose to be your own character going on your own adventures.

    Potter land is more of a cosplay setting where you can buy capes and try to be as cute as Daniel Radcliffe.
     
    tl77 likes this.
  19. Matt_Black

    Matt_Black Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2013
    Messages:
    10,852
    Likes Received:
    23,175
    No, you're thinking of Tahiti.
     
    Mr Ferret 88 and larryz like this.
  20. Lou Filerman

    Lou Filerman Member Original Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2014
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    33
    Or. Maybe different people have different opinions. Imagine that.
     

Share This Page