In a public conversation on Twitter, Walt Disney Imagineering’s Executive Designer Joe Rohde revealed some previously-unknown details about Na’vi River Journey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
When asked about the lack of wheelchair-accessible boats, Rohde explained that the attraction’s positioning within Pandora – The World of Avatar prohibited the possibility of the wider boats that would be needed.
Guests in wheelchairs/ECVs may transfer to the boats and experience the attraction, but may not take them onboard. (A special wheelchair is available to transfer guests onto the ride vehicles in Flight of Passage.)
Rohde also explained why the banshees are referred to as such as opposed to their Na’vi name, Ikran: simply because the banshee name was more popularly known. (In fairness, the name Ikran is used in the attraction, just not as commonly as banshee.)
That is a thoughtful comment. There was actually a fair amount of discussion about this. But between us and the filmmakers we decided to use the more familiar word banshee, and acknowledge the actual name Ikran. https://t.co/0wbz03Zj9K