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Everything You Need to Know About Pandora: World of Avatar

Pandora Avatar

Opening day is almost here! As of May 27th, you will officially be able to visit the new addition to Animal Kingdom. Whether you're visiting opening weekend or waiting for the crowds to die down (they won't!), we have some highlights and tips to help you plan your first experience in Pandora.

Try to grab a FastPass+ to avoid the lines of the two new rides. Here's what Disney's website has to say about Avatar Flight of Passage and Navi River Journey:

Navi River Journey: “As your expedition begins, climb aboard a reed boat and drift downstream. After coasting through a series of caves, and passing by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures of the rainforest, you’ll soon find yourself face-to-face with the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.”

Avatar Flight of Passage: “Get a banshee’s-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of Pandora on a rite of passage you won’t soon forget! Deep in the heart of the Valley of Mo’ara, discover Avatar Flight of Passage—an all-new expedition that lets interstellar explorers like you climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking, first-person flight over the moon’s incredible landscape. Bonding with a mountain banshee is a crucial step in the life of a Na’vi hunter—and flying on the back of one of these powerful winged creatures represents an important rite of passage.”

Need a snack break? There are two new spots to grab some refreshments between the rides:

Satu'li Canteen: “Discover healthful dishes and familiar flavors from another world—wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins."

Pongu Pongu: "Meaning “Party Party” in the language of the Na’vi, Pongu Pongu welcomes weary travelers to try our bioluminescent frozen cocktail, indigenous beers—or even a sweet snack you won’t find elsewhere!”

There will be many unique experiences you can only find at Pandora. One that I'm particularly excited for is the Banshee Connect Experience! Inside Windtraders, there will be an area of banshees perched along the wall. These banshees will be interactive and connect with the guests. You'll be able to purchase your very own to keep as a souvenir!

If you're a night owl and want to avoid some of the crowds, take advantage of the extra magic hours available from 11pm - 1am starting May 27th through July 4th.

Can't make it to Disney World this weekend? Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming the official opening at 9:25am Eastern!

We're SO excited to visit Pandora and can't wait to share our experience with you. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @wishesandcoapparel and subscribe to stay up-to-date!

6 Disney Treats You Need to Get on Your Next Trip!

Nutella and Fruit Waffle Giant waffle. Covered in Nutella. Topped with fresh fruit.

If you’ve been to the parks before, chances are you’ve had some of these treats. Many people consider them to be staples to their trips! Take a look.


  1. Dole Whip

I think this goes without being said, but I’ll say it anyway - you have to get a Dole Whip on your next trip! It is one of the most popular treats in Disney World. You can grab one at Captain Cook’s in the Polynesian Resort and at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. If you’re in California, head over to Tiki Juice Bar for your Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float. Enjoy the refreshing fruity treat after an afternoon in the sun, but expect a bit of a line!

  1. Mickey Shaped Ice Cream Bar

There’s just something about eating Mickey Mouse shaped food on your Disney trip. For some reason it makes your ice cream taste even better. This vanilla ice cream treat is covered in chocolate and can be found throughout the parks at the dessert stands. Pro tip: Take a picture of your Mickey ice cream bar in front of the castle.

  1. Mickey Rice Krispy Treats

Ok so pretty much EVERYTHING on Main Street is delicious, but we especially love the various Rice Krispy Treats! They’re Mickey shaped (obviously) and covered in different toppings. This is a great treat to get when you’re leaving the park to take back with you to the hotel.

  1. Nutella and Fruit Waffle

Giant waffle. Covered in Nutella. Topped with fresh fruit. Need we say more? You can find this at Sleepy Hollow!

  1. Mickey Pretzel

Yes, another snack that is shaped like Mickey – but how often do you get to eat food shaped like your favorite Disney icon? If you’ve had some sweets and need a break, go for a savory pretzel with cheese.

  1. Churros

We saved the best for last! Arguably the most iconic Disney World/Disneyland treat, this crunchy sugar-coated dessert will satisfy every sweet tooth. If you’ve never had a churro from a Disney park, then you haven’t lived.  Happy snacking!

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9 Tips for Visiting the Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World

1.     Get there early

Watching the rope drop or the opening ceremony take place right outside the railroad station is the perfect way to kick off a day at Magic Kingdom! You may not usually be a morning person on vacation, but it's definitely worth waking up an hour early. Another benefit of arriving early? The crowds (or lack there of)! The crowds do not begin to show up until late morning so an early arrival can help you get on your favorite rides and into the shops while the lines are still somewhat short.

2.     Catch the early entertainment

A lot of the best entertainment on Main Street takes place earlier in the day. If catching the Casey's Corner piano player or a performance by the Dapper Dans interests you then be prepared in the early morning. The exact times can be found in Time Guides. You can pick these up along with a map on your way into the park.

3.     Make Fastpass+ choices before you arrive

Making Fastpass+ selections before you arrive is a must, and is especially important if you are planning on riding popular attractions. For example, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one attraction in particular that you can almost guarantee will not have Fastpass+ availability if you're checking your My Disney Experience App on the day of. Making these selections in advance is a must! Plus, you want to be enjoying the park, not on your phone all day!

4.     Make dining reservations in advance

Similar to Fastpass+, making dining reservations well in advance is highly encouraged! Some of the more popular restaurants at Magic Kingdom book up almost immediately after reservations become available. There are definitely great food stations throughout the park if you want to keep a flexible schedule. However, if you're considering Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table or Crystal Palace, you'll need to book as early as possible. If table service isn't your style, you can also research the quick service options before hand to help save some time on your trip!

5.     Meet & greets with your favorite characters

The meet and greets with characters are a must. Why? Because it is an amazing experience! How often do you get to hang out with Punzi and Princess Aurora?! You can use your Time Guides and map to find when and where your favorite character will be stationed. Like always, plan ahead and go meet some characters!

6.     Find all the best photo ops

This can be so much fun and add a little bit of unexpected adventure to your day. Everyone has pictures in front of Cinderella's Castle. Magic Kingdom is a huge beautiful space. Find places somewhat less traveled and you'd be surprised by a unique backdrop waiting to be captured. These also make for the best memories when looking back on your trip.

7.     Relax at the nearby resorts

If you are traveling with young children, you may have to take a midday break. Most people use this as an opportunity to go back to their hotel room and relax, however, depending on where you are staying that can be a complicated hike. Many of the resorts close to Magic Kingdom are a very short monorail ride away and offer some great amenities! Swing by the Grand Floridian - it is an absolutely break taking resort. You can hangout in a nice restaurant and grab a snack, look in some shops, or hang out in the vast lobby. This could be a great opportunity to relax and recharge the batteries.

8.     Get to parades early to grab a spot

If catching the parades are a priority for you, then you'll want to start camping out a little early. A lot of guests start picking spots up to an hour before the start of a parade. I'd advise to grab a spot, send someone to go pick up some snacks (A Mickey Pretzel is always a great choice) and have some lunch while you wait for the parade to begin.

9.     Must stay for the fireworks

This is an absolute must for any guest attending the Magic Kingdom. "Wishes" is a spectacular nighttime show that lights up the sky over Cinderella's Castle. Find a spot in front the castle or down Main Street for the best views and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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7 Things You Should Definitely Do On Your Next Disneyland Trip!

Partner statue with Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle.

  1. Grab a FastPass to World of Color

World of Color is one of the most magical shows you will ever see! A combination of lights, water, fire, and Disney music creates a colorful extravaganza that takes you back through all of Disney’s hit movies. From the original Mickey Mouse sketches to the most recent Pixar and live action films, you get to experience it all at Paradise Bay. Mickey’s Fun Wheel is the back drop throughout the show, meaning you will get some very insta-worthy pics. World of Color is a must see, especially if it’s your first time at Disneyland. The pier will be extremely crowded so make sure you get that FastPass for reserved viewing!

  1. California Screamin' 

This ride is for all of the rollercoaster lovers at the parks. The fastest ride in Disneyland, California Screamin’ goes from 0 to 55 mph in four seconds! With several hills and loops, you’ll be sure to get a rush of adrenaline. One great thing about this ride is that the line is usually on the shorter end of the spectrum – meaning you don’t need to get a FastPasses and you can ride it several times without wasting a huge chunk of your day in line. For a REALLY short wait, check out the single rider line where you can almost walk right on. Also, if you’re looking for an extra thrill, ask to be in the front row! It closes early due to World of Color so make sure you check it out earlier in the day. Screamin’ is only at Disney’s California Adventure, so if you’re a regular of Walt Disney World this is definitely something you have to experience on your next trip.

  1. Walk through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Looking for a break between the rides? Explore Princess Aurora’s castle and experience her story through incredible dioramas and displays. Walk along the winding path through the castle as you watch Prince Phillip rescue Princess Aurora from the evil Maleficent.

  1. Space Mountain

Located in Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is a fan favorite attraction sure you send you flying through the galaxy. This ride is indoors and in the dark, hitting you with surprising dips, turns, and twists. This ride is extremely popular, so you will definitely want to get a FastPass. We love to ride it first thing in the morning when the lines are shorter and our stomachs are still empty. You may want to hold off on those Mickey Ice Cream Bars and Churros until after the ride…

  1. Shop at the Emporium

Need some new mementos of your trip? Disney’s Emporium has it all. Really. Whether you’re looking for clothing, toys, mouse ears, home goods, or souvenirs, you can be sure to see all of Disney’s latest offerings here. And no matter how often you go to Disneyland, you will always find something different to bring home with you! Tip: go when you’re killing time between FastPasses during the afternoon!

  1. Soarin’ Around the World

Walking all around Disneyland and California Adventure can be a little tiring. Take the load off your feet while you fly around the world! Experience the wonders of the world in a seriously lifelike hang glider that slightly dips and turns as the wind blows across your face! On your ride you’ll see the Swiss Alps, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, Mount Kilimanjaro, and much more. The incredible views + the flawless soundtrack will make this one of the most peaceful and awe-inspiring moments of your trip!

  1. Reserve a Meal in Downtown Disney District

The Downtown Disney District is filled with amazing restaurants that can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Craving Italian food? Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria has the most delicious pizza in California. How about some good ol’ Cajun/Creole? Check out Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and feel as if you’re sitting right in New Orleans. And for all you dads out there who are missing the big game to take the fam to Disneyland, you can win too at ESPN Zone!  No matter what you’re in the mood for, Downtown Disney District has you covered. Don’t forget to finish the night with a Mickey Ice Cream Bar back in the park while you wait for World of Color.

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