BREAKING: Annual Passholder Previews Begin Soon for Pandora – The World of AVATAR, Dates Revealed

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Walt Disney World annual passholders will be getting a first-look at Pandora: The World of AVATAR with exclusive previews of the land scheduled to happen in just-a-little-over two weeks time.

Floating mountains grace the skyline while exotic plants fill the colorful landscape inside Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opens May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Pandora – The World of Avatar will bring a variety of new experiences to the park, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey and new food & beverage and merchandise locations. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

Online registration should open very soon for annual passholders to sign up for one of two preview dates for Pandora: The World of AVATAR, April 8th or 9th, 2017. It is possible that more preview dates will be scheduled later, but these appear to be the first two, at least.

Rumor has it that there will be some restriction on “technology use” for guests who partake in the preview, perhaps a ban on photography and video recording, but we will have to wait and see exactly what that means. Again, this preview would be over a month and a half before the official opening of the land to guests.

As the project is still being finished up, these dates can still change, but it seems the previews will take place before the month of April 2017 is over, at the latest.

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  • HAHAHAHAHA we’re not even training Cast over there yet. There is NO WAY it’s ready for previews anytime in April unless by “preview” you mean “walk around and look at stuff”.

  • Cast isn’t beginning to train there til April 9th so, no there will not be a preview of any kind on those dates. Stick to legit Disney sites for the truth. These people said we were going to have previews of Rivers of Light for Cast last April and we all knew it was a lie.

    • The preview WAS real. The show experienced bigger problems than anticipated and was canceled…no one “lied.” The More You Know! (shooting star)

  • I believe that online registration will begin around April 8-9th. My guess is that the preview will actually be in early May

  • What about cast members anyone here a cast member and gave heard anything about a soft opening like they did fro rivers of light

  • I challenged you on Twitter to a $100 bet to Give Kids The Wworld if your dates were wrong. You didn’t accept, and 24 hours later you tweet that previews aren’t happening in May?

    If you don’t stand by a story enough to put $100 on the line for charity, don’t run the story.

    • Because heaven forbid Disney announces stuff internally and changes it last minute once park ops or a similar department catches wind.

    • So, in other words, you were desperate to “humiliate” Tom for a potential misfire, but you didn’t want to look like a complete a**hole, so you used a charity bet to make you seem like a decent guy?

      Cool story, bro.

  • Just an FYI…

    Passholder In-Park Preview for Pandora – The World of Avatar

    All Guests must be Passholders in order to register for a time slot to preview Pandora – The World of Avatar.

    Guests may only register for one (1) time slot over the course of the preview period.

    If an Annual Passholder would like to register a Guest to accompany them, that Guest must also have a valid annual pass for admission to the event’s theme park location on the date of the event, be listed on your Family & Friends list and have opted to share “All My Plans” with you.

    Passholders with confirmed reservations will receive an additional email with details on how to check in for this experience, by May 12, 2017.

    All Guests must present their valid annual pass (or linked MagicBand), government issued ID and confirmation page to a Cast
    Member in order to enter Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Pandora – The World of Avatar on the date of your preview.
    Availability is subject to change without notice.
    Event is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather.
    Guests must meet appropriate boarding and height requirements for the attractions.
    Capacity is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Due to limited capacity, modifications to existing reservations will not be available.
    Limit one reservation per Passholder. Reservations are nontransferable and void if sold or otherwise transferred.