I’ve covered the amazing world of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom before but today I’m showing you how the dramatic Valley of Mo’ara transforms to glowing beauty by night when Pandora’s bioluminescent flora comes to life – Pandora after dark!
Pandora After Dark
Once night falls over Pandora you’re instantly transformed into a new space of awe and wonder. The moody darkness with bioluminescent pathways and plants make you feel like you’re walking through your own little galaxy far far away. Get a better look at some glowing rose-like buds, or speckled lichen on a rock along the way as the chatter of other theme park visitors sort of fades to the background along the path.
Be careful not to get too distracted by the glowing blue waterfalls in the queue line up into the Flight of Passage ride, breathtaking cascading mountains overhead, or glowing caves and crevices. Revel in the unexpected light shows around you by taking a seat on one of the ledges or benches.
There are two MemoryMaker photo spots at night (at least four during the day) that you can take advantage of. Cast Members will ask that every member of the family stand extremely still and you cannot move until they tell you to. This is due to the extreme darkness of the land and slow shutter speed of the camera to get all the colors to show up and you yourself not end up blurry. It may take a couple times but the outcome is beautiful. We still have a few blurry spots in our photos but funny enough, the youngest is the clearest one in the bunch.
Listen very closely as you wander around. As night falls the “natural” sounds in Pandora: The World of Avatar change with the sights as well. You’ll hear growls as well as other strange sounds from the animals of Pandora. And the drum circle? That is the spot to be at night when it becomes a bit of a party.
Of course, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey are both open since the park is open. This is when you might be lucky to find shorter wait times but keep your expectations low as even at 8-9pm I’ve personally seen the wait for Flight of Passage at 180 minutes. The line will close exactly at closing time and those in line will be allowed to continue in line then directly exit the park after their experience is over.
My Low Points
With as much praise as I’m giving Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I am not so happy with the inconsistencies of the land. Real talk, of course, the plants and ground aren’t glowing on their own. It’s all backlighting and blacklights. My only wish is that Disney put just a few more blacklights around the area. Some parts are bright and glowing while others are way too dull because the lights are too far away from that spot to really make it “shine”.