Beating the Crowds: How to Handle Animal Kingdom with Avatar

by on February 14, 2017 18 Comments

Filed under: Animal Kingdom, Crowd Blog, Video

Pandora: The World of Avatar opens May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We don’t know all the details yet, but our experience tells us some basic things about how crowds will interact with Animal Kingdom after the new land opens. Since we hear that pictures are better than words, Brian put together a video to explain. If you would like to see more things like this, please give us some suggestions in the comments. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss anything!

Posted on February 14, 2017

18 Responses to “Beating the Crowds: How to Handle Animal Kingdom with Avatar”

  • Brian, whether it was intentional or not, your scene cuts in the video did indeed have a Dharma feel to them. All that was missing were the “mangled film” effects. If you’d included those, I would have thought I was watching Dr. Edgar Halliwax.

    • by Brian McNichols on February 14, 2017, at 6:24 pm EDT

      If I could have figured it out fast enough I would have. Also considered labcoat to hide my missing arm 🙂

  • Thanks Brian that was great

  • Brian, thanks for this! I’m just curious on your opinion of AK doing a “soft opening” of Pandora before it actually opens in May? Another site anticipated this, perhaps the week of April 22nd……your thoughts? Also, if they do this, is it announced or do you just find out that it’s open once you get to the park? Thanks for your input!!!

    • by Brian McNichols on February 14, 2017, at 7:22 pm EDT

      There will definitely be soft opens, when is the question. April sounds early to me, but they’ve been doing them over longer periods too. My instinct is 2-3 weeks before.

      There will be signs: press events, Cast Member previews, etc. We won’t know when the soft opens start until they do, but we should be able to narrow it down the closer it gets.

  • Loved this. Would enjoy watching crowd analysis of the other parks too!

  • I think the pre Park opening Breakfast at Tusker House would also be a good play, if they don’t tier the FP+s then you can ride Safari right after your meal, (if you are one of the first to be seated) and still have 3fp+ available to use that day. If you are lucky enough to be able to add the ROL Dining package to the pre-park breakfast and you can get 2 for 1.

    • by Brian McNichols on February 15, 2017, at 8:35 am EDT

      Excellent points. I had mentioned RoL dining packages in the uncut 21 minute (!) version, but totally forgot about the pre-opening Tusker House option

  • Sooo interesting. Thank you! I was never in AK for the Jungle Book show. What is the reason for considering a FP+ to River of Lights? Is the seating really limited? Just curious. Every time I have used a FP+ for a show I felt like I had wasted it.

    • by Brian McNichols on February 15, 2017, at 12:24 pm EDT

      FP+ for shows is usually a waste, and this is a bit of a guess, but here’s why I said that:

      The seating area is just about the only place to see the show–it’s not like Wishes or Illuminations where you can just stand (mostly) wherever. Since it is like Fantasmic in that way, I’m expecting it to be like Fantasmic in queue too. Once Pandora opens and more people are in the park, I’m thinking there may be a line just to get into the seating area for Rivers of Light like there used to be for Fantasmic (people used to line up hours in advance).

      If that happens, it would be better to use a FP+ and show up 30 minutes before the show than have to line up 90 minutes before, at least in my eyes. Even if it means having to wait a little longer for Kilimanjaro Safari or Expedition Everest earlier in the day, I think it would be worth it. On the other hand, it’s possible that Rivers of Light will not be that popular and never have a queue. Unfortunately we won’t really know until Memorial Day.

      Thanks for watching!

  • This was awesome, thanks Brian. Fantastic analysis. I’m trying to imagine a non-Disney nerd watching this video. It’s a lot to consider even for a die hard.

    • One more thing..I definitely think they are going to tier these fastpasses. Tiered with a capital T. The only attraction not in Tier 1 will be Primeval Whirl :/

    • by Brian McNichols on February 15, 2017, at 1:20 pm EDT

      Thanks! I imagine non-nerds would make it about 30 seconds in, think “idiot, it’s just a theme park” and end up waiting 3 hours for Flight of Passage 😉

      I agree about the tiers, I think they will definitely do it. And they won’t add the shows or Triceratop Spin in the top tier, so there will be a bunch of stuff that you don’t want to use a FP on.

  • Love this. What do you think of doing the ROL dining package instead of using a FP+ on it?

  • The map skills were amazing. I can’t imagine a better way to present serious touring info than on a child’s easel! Perfect.

    Analysis was fun too. Our next trip is in October, so hopefully you can give an update then.