Pandora - The World of Avatar opening day reports

LAKid53

Official Member of the Girly Girl Fan Club
Premium Member
The crowds for the land are not bad. You can walk into the shop, restaurant and walk the Pandora area fine. Navi has been about an hour wait consistently every day. FoP has been all over the place. Yesterday the wait said an hour but cast were telling you as you walked up that it was 2.5 hrs. Then later it said 3 hour wait and there was no line until you got into the large bioluminescent room and it was actually a 50 minute wait. If I was you I would just expect a 3 hour wait for FoP and anything less consider a victory.

Thanks @djkidkaz. I'm glad the land isn't wall to wall people anymore - those were some photos of the lines opening day!

We've got a breakfast ADR at Tusker Hpuse, so we will be at the park shortly after opening. We're going to snag *fingers crossed* a fastpass for FoP and then do standby for Na'vi. Guess I should leave a couple of hours between our FP for FoP and the next one to allow a long wait in standby for Na'vi.
 

flyerjab

Well-Known Member
It's amazing to keep reading that the Pandora stores are packed. For the last couple years people on forums kept saying that nobody cared or remembered Avatar and that it did not lend itself to merchandise yet the store has been selling items like crazy from miniature banshee to strap on tails

I have probably been one of the most vocal proponents on this site of this partnership with Cameron ever since it was first announced. I have praised everything from the original concept art all the way up through when the floating mountains first became visible to finally having seen it during AP and DVC previews.

The one thing that I was never certain about was the merchandise side of this venture. Obviously, this is Disney, so obviously there was going to be merchandise. I never gave it much attention as I am not a huge merchandise guy beyond coffee mugs and T-shirts. I really thought that this was the one area where they would struggle. Apparently I was wrong on that account. If I were Disney, I would give whoever the individual or team was that worked on this part of the project promotions or bonuses. I cannot believe how well the merchandise part of this is doing. The fact that they were able to come up with as much as they did was impressive enough, but to actually be stocking out of merchandise items is incredible. When we went - it was 4 adults - 4 T-shirts, a necklace, a phone case and 2 pins were purchased. And this was from a group of people where only 1 of the 4 really liked the movie, one had not even seen it, and one downright did not like the movie at all. And my wife and I have 3 kids and we are returning in July so that the kids can see it now that school is out. I already know that if the banshees are back in stock we will be purchasing 1 or 2 of those, and my daughter wants the face scan Avatar figure. And this is from an IP that has one movie from 2009, that so many people would most likely agree has long since fallen out of the cultural zeitgeist (if it ever really even was in it beyond it raking in the most money ever for a single movie).

Kudos to Disney on this one.
 

LAKid53

Official Member of the Girly Girl Fan Club
Premium Member
I have probably been one of the most vocal proponents on this site of this partnership with Cameron ever since it was first announced. I have praised everything from the original concept art all the way up through when the floating mountains first became visible to finally having seen it during AP and DVC previews.

The one thing that I was never certain about was the merchandise side of this venture. Obviously, this is Disney, so obviously there was going to be merchandise. I never gave it much attention as I am not a huge merchandise guy beyond coffee mugs and T-shirts. I really thought that this was the one area where they would struggle. Apparently I was wrong on that account. If I were Disney, I would give whoever the individual or team was that worked on this part of the project promotions or bonuses. I cannot believe how well the merchandise part of this is doing. The fact that they were able to come up with as much as they did was impressive enough, but to actually be stocking out of merchandise items is incredible. When we went - it was 4 adults - 4 T-shirts, a necklace, a phone case and 2 pins were purchased. And this was from a group of people where only 1 of the 4 really liked the movie, one had not even seen it, and one downright did not like the movie at all. And my wife and I have 3 kids and we are returning in July so that the kids can see it now that school is out. I already know that if the banshees are back in stock we will be purchasing 1 or 2 of those, and my daughter wants the face scan Avatar figure. And this is from an IP that has one movie from 2009, that so many people would most likely agree has long since fallen out of the cultural zeitgeist (if it ever really even was in it beyond it raking in the most money ever for a single movie).

Kudos to Disney on this one.

I've seen the movie only once, on TV, so I wasn't vested in the IP. However, the land and rides blew me away. I bought the AP t-shirt, lanyard and pin during the preview and am bummed they didn't have the AP magicband for sale then. Hopefully, they will still be available when we return in August and the banshees will be restocked because my son-in-law watched several YouTube videos and now he really wants one. Who knew those things would become the Elsa dress of Pandora! My only critique? I wish Disney would have been able to make the land bigger, but that would have meant tearing out more structures.
 

djkidkaz

Well-Known Member
In regards to the merchandise, I think they did a great job with what they had to work with. I think the banshees will always sell well as its something a kid is going to see and want immediately. The shirts and mugs will always have their place in merchandise and will sell accordingly and I like that they have the little potted plants and such but I'll be curious to see how many non-locals want to buy that and ship it back home. As @RSoxNo1 stated, give it 6 months to a year and we'll have a much better idea on whether someone deserves a bonus or not. LOL!
 

Ismael Flores

Well-Known Member
I've seen the movie only once, on TV, so I wasn't vested in the IP. However, the land and rides blew me away. I bought the AP t-shirt, lanyard and pin during the preview and am bummed they didn't have the AP magicband for sale then. Hopefully, they will still be available when we return in August and the banshees will be restocked because my son-in-law watched several YouTube videos and now he really wants one. Who knew those things would become the Elsa dress of Pandora! My only critique? I wish Disney would have been able to make the land bigger, but that would have meant tearing out more structures.

I'm really hoping they expand this land in the future with another eatery and ride. It seems like they have more land on side side.

It's to bad the budget for the land was already huge because I would have loved it if they had created and area where guests could walk thru a pathway and catch a couple of the actual wildlife in animatronic form. How could would it be to go face to face with a banshee or one of the four legged creatures. I'm actually surprised they couldn't have a meet and greet with one of the natives.

If universal is capable of having transformer meet and greet and also a T. rex photo op Disney should be able to do the same
 

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