Na’vi River Journey’s adventure begins as guests set out in canoes and venture down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest.
The full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as the canoes pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music.
This brief four minute boat ride introduces guests to the flora and fauna of Pandora. Each four person boat is loaded and sent off down the river. The boats are smaller than most rides, but they load quickly and we didn’t have any issues as far as hitting the boat in front of us while waiting towards the end.
A downside to the small boats on the attraction is that there is not wheelchair accessible ride vehicle. Most boat rides offer a wheelchair platform and ride vehicle for those who are unable to transfer to be able to ride. Disney does provide stairs with smaller steps if needed, but guests must still transfer out of a wheelchair.
The attraction does include brief encounters screens and projections. All well blended with practical effects and it doesn’t detract much from the enjoyment of the ride. Small animals and a some cool moments with projections that take place above the boat are some of the most impressive. This is mainly due to the fact that the projections coincide with movement of the prop it’s projected onto.
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