The day had come to explore Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. I was able to get a Fast Pass for the Na’vi River Journey, but not for the even more popular Avatar Flight of Passage ride. My husband and I were primed to enter the park when it opened and sprint towards the new world. The problem was, so was everyone else.
The park opened precisely on time and we spent the next 20 minutes waiting in the bag check line and then the turnstile line. Finally, we entered the park and rapidly made our way to the World of Avatar with the entire state of Florida. Okay, not really, but it felt like it.
As we approached the area, I noticed a long line running along the pathway. My heart sank. Surely this group is waiting for breakfast. My husband continued his charge towards the bridge that would lead us to this new elusive world. I walked up to a lady standing in line and politely inquired if she was in line for the Avatar ride. Her and ten other people answered, “Yes.”
I was informed that the wait was at least an hour long. I glanced down the line and noticed that it was wrapped around the corner and growing at an alarming pace. I yelled at my husband to return and we followed the ever growing line. Does this line encircle the entire park?
I finally noticed a Disney employee holding a sign in the air stating that I had reached the dreaded end of the line. Dreaded, because at this point I was informed that the wait was two hours long.
When I was younger, I didn’t mind standing in line for hours on end. Now, a thirty minute wait tries my patience. We decided to stand in line with the rest of the state. Surely, the employee was exaggerating when he said the wait was two hours long. Two hours and fifteen minutes later, we finally entered the ride. My husband and I absolutely loved it!
After the ride was over, my husband noticed the dreaded line was appreciably shorter. We walked over and checked the wait time. “Come on,” my husband said as he entered the significantly shorter line.
With the Disney app on my phone, I periodically checked the wait times on the popular rides over the next couple of days. When the parks open, everyone seems to have the same idea, charge into the parks and make their way to the most popular and/or newest rides. As the day progresses, the wait times drop notably around lunch and dinner time. Towards the end of the day, when the nighttime shows commence, the wait times drop again. Useful to know if you don’t want to spend the better part of the day waiting in line.