Pandora soft openings expected first week in May

April 9, 2017, 5:46 PM · We have heard from multiple traditionally reliable sources that the Walt Disney World Resort might begin soft-openings of its new Pandora - The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom during the first week in May.

Disney previously invited Walt Disney World annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members to sign up for early-access previews of the Avatar-themed land during the two weeks leading up to its scheduled official opening on May 27. These additional, as-yet unconfirmed soft openings would happen before that and would be available to any Disney Animal Kingdom visitor on a first-come, first-served basis.

As with any expected soft opening of a new attraction, we would not recommend planning a trip to the park specifically for the new attraction. Soft opens are a test-and-adjust period, not just for rides, but for operations throughout the new land as well. Once someone decides it's time to make those adjustments, the soft open will close to do that. The park's also using the land for promotional production, which will mean keeping the public out for that. All this means limited and unpredictable availability. That's not worth making an extra trip for... unless you're willing to accept that risk.

But if you are one of those fans who just have to be in a new attraction on its first day, those previously announced and now fully booked preview days very well might not be it. Clear your calendars for earlier in the month if you want Pandora before anyone else.

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April 9, 2017 at 6:24 PM · My wife and I scored one of the DVC early access time slots, but it's only for a few hours one day. I'd be surprised if the opened it before those slots because if these slots are so limited time wise, I wouldn't think they would open it for longer hours before that. I just assumed those were a technical preview.
April 9, 2017 at 6:43 PM · Cast member will get first dip with their families from May 5 to the 12 exclusive to cast members and their familes.
April 9, 2017 at 7:43 PM · The slots were limited time-wise to cram in as many people while not overloading the area. I suspect the soft opens will admit people for very limited time windows as well.
April 9, 2017 at 10:38 PM · Will Star Tours be flying to Pandora? They need to offer some more ecological destinations.

We'll be there in the Fall, should be the hightlight of our trip.

April 10, 2017 at 1:56 AM · Huge openings and soft launches...a deadly combination.
April 10, 2017 at 3:57 AM · That picture has given me the fear.
April 10, 2017 at 7:34 AM · I managed to get an AP preview slot... I will report back with my thoughts :)

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