Learn all about The World of Avatar!

 

Alpha Centauri Expeditions {ACE} has made it possible for humans to explore Pandora.  Unique expeditions and breathtaking views are around every corner in the Valley of Mo’ara on Pandroa.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

Pandora features floating mountains, gentle waterfalls, bioluminescent rainforest and amazing, flying creatures known as Banshees or “Ikran” by the Na’vi.  Stepping into the land of Mo’ara, guests are immediately transformed by the beauty of the flora that surrounds them.   The plant life is diverse in both color and size, as well as in purpose.  For example, Vein Pods act as sponges and help maintain stability in the environment.  Puffball Trees are important plants on Pandora for detoxifying the atmosphere.  Panopyra resemble Earth’s jellyfish and captures water and minerals from the dew and fog.  Guests will have the opportunity to interact with different elements in nature as well. For example, when you rub a native plant, the Flaska Reclinata, it releases its spores into the air.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

There is so much to take in and enjoy as you explore Pandora.  A Na’vi-built drum circle, containing instruments, is available for guests to play.  Wilderness Explorers will find new challenges and badges to collect as they interact with the land in Pandora as well.  You may even encounter tour guides from Alpa Centauri Expeditions {ACE}, scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative {PCI}, or even a unique expat or two, who have opened a refreshing drink stand on Pandora {I recommend the Night Blossom}.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

In the evenings, the land transforms into an even more spectacular scenery with bioluminescent plants radiating light throughout Pandora.   You’ll notice sights and sounds from nocturnal creatures as you walk the paths and explore the mountains of the Valley of Mo’ara.   Animal Kingdom Park has become a full day park with the addition of the Pandora- The World of Avatar, as well as new nighttime offerings.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

 

If you are ready to take the expedition to Pandora, contact your Me and The Mouse Travel specialist to book your trip to Walt Disney World!

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

Nestled in the Valley of the Mo’roa on the moon of Pandora, explorers are invited on a mystic journey down the Na’vi River.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

At the water’s edge, explorers will board small reed boats to begin their journey.  As your travel begins, you are met by a Na’vi warrior, who grants you passage into the rainforest and your eyes are open the wonderment of Pandora.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

A spectacular bioluminescent rainforest surrounds you as you discover exotic flora and the sounds of Pandoran creatures in the distance.   As the voyage continues, you hear music in the distance and encounter unique creatures, like viperwolf, who seem to be traveling down river with you as you in search of the Na’vi “Shaman of Songs”.

Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

Finally, you see the Shaman holding a musical ceremony while playing an instrument and singing along.  Her music sends positive energy throughout the rainforest of Pandora. Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

 

Na’vi River Journey is one of two new attractions in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.  The slow-moving boat ride is a family-friendly attraction and takes 4 1/2 minutes to complete the journey.  FastPass are available for this new attraction.  Guests with disabilities must transfer from wheelchairs/EVCs to experience the attraction.   Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

 

Na’vi River Journey is a spectacular attraction that showcases the amazing technology that Disney posses in creating new, family-friendly attractions.  As you disembark your reed boat, you are awestruck with the beauty and spiritual connection between the Na’vi people and their environment.  Pandora the World of Avatar - Na'vai River Journey

Ready to journey to Pandora? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today to book your trip! We’d love to help take the stress away!

 

Tressa Kripppel

Travel Specialist

Avatar Flight of PassageFlying on the back of a banshee is an important rite of passage for the Na’vi, and now visitors of Pandora: The World of Avatar have a chance to experience the thrill of this journey at Disney’s newest attraction, Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom Park.

 

Deep in the heart of the Valley of Mo’ara, visitors can now climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking, first-person flight over the moon’s amazing landscape, explore the bioluminescent forests, and soar by the Na’vi living among the moon’s beautiful flora.  This attraction will immerse your all your senses as you feel the breath of your banshee beneath you, smell the aroma of the foliage of the rainforest and feel the crisp, cool feel of the waters of Mo’ara.

Avatar Flight of Passage

The journey begins in the queue as guests begin an uphill trek towards the mountains floating above the valley.  You will pass over a land bridge, travel near waterfalls and pass by amazing flora unique to this moon.  The trail leads you to the entrance of a cave, where the Navi had recorded their history of flight with the great–winged banshees, or Ikran as the Na’vis call them.  Next, guests cross through the bioluminescent rainforest and enter the laboratory  where scientific experiments are in progress.   Visitors are now met by cast members who direct the first 16 visitors to their genetic matching room, where they are given a number, scanned and genetic material is sampled to connect them to personal avatar.  Once explorers are matched, they given 3-D glasses and move onto the flight room where they board “link chairs”.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Link chairs are single-seat simulators (like a motorcycle) that a guest must straddle.  Once positioned on their machine, leg supports that rest on the back of your calves will lock in place and a back support will rise up to secure each explorer on their machine.  I found the that link chair very comfortable and not convining as some had described.  Taller guests may find it difficult to position their feet in place to allow the leg supports to lock into place.  Both leg and back supports must be secure for guests to ride.  Once the ride begins, guests will experience an immersive flight that delivers a realistic sensation of riding a banshee breathing beneath them as the soar over Pandora taking in the breathtaking views, smelling the flora of the forests, feeling the splash of the water and wind in your face.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is available as a FastPass option. Guests must be 44 inches or taller to ride.  Guests prone to motion sickness or have a fear of heights, may find this ride to be too intense as you will experience the sensation of diving, plunging and swooping throughout the attraction.  Due the popularity of this much anticipated attraction, we highly recommend choosing a FastPass for this ride at  Animal Kingdom Park.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Flight of Passage is a like no other attraction at Walt Disney World.  This immersive ride will take you on breath-taking journey over a land that will leave you wanting to explore again and again.

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Ready to book your trip to Pandora? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today!

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

Quick Service Dining at Pandora – The World of AVATAR

The Satuli Canteen is a the Quick Service Dining location in Pandora:  The World of Avatar.  It has a unique menu of healthy dishes to satisfy all travelers exploring the Valley of Mo’ara on Pandora.
Situated between the Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey,  this former RDA (Resource Development Administration) mess hall is now a peaceful resting spot adorned with the art of the Na’vi and supplying travelers with all the comforts of home.  Travelers will find cuisine inspired by their journey through the Valley of Mo’ara.  Satuli Canteen is considered a fast-casual restaurant on the Quick Service Dining Plan. Our meals were served off a china bowls, reminiscent of flora of the natural habitat.  Guests will find silverware to dine with, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.  Self-serve drink stations are also available.

 

Pandora: The World of Avatar Quick Service RestaurantSince I do not have an adventuresome palette, I was hesitant that I would find a meal that I would enjoy.  I was pleasantly surprised to find multiple offerings for even the pickiest of diners.  The “Create Your Own Satu’li Bowl” seemed to be the most popular choice. Visitors first choose their PROTEIN, which include beef, chicken, fish or tofu.  Next, you choose your BASE (vegetable salad, potato hash, mixed whole grain and rice or Romaine and Kale salad).  Step 3 is to select your sauce:  charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.  I recommend the Creamy Herb Dressing.  The Steamed “Pods” Bao Buns were also very flavorful.  Guests will want to make room for “Ber’ri” (dessert) as the Chocolate Cake and Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse were both highlights of this dining adventure. Pandora: The World of Avatar Quick Service RestaurantPandora: The World of Avatar Quick Service Restaurant

 


For young guests traveling the valley, there’s an option of grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; cheese quesadilla, a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun). 

Pandora: The World of Avatar Quick Service Restaurant

Satuli Canteen is the first fast-casual restaurant to offer Mobile Order, a new convenient option to order and pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app.  Guests will be able to bypass the queue to order when they arrive at the restaurant. Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal with a credit card. When they arrive at the restaurant they will tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. Guests will be notified through the app to pick up their meal at a specific window.   While Satu’li Canteen is on the Disney Dining Plan, the Mobile Order only accepts credit card payments at this time. Pandora: The World of Avatar Quick Service Restaurant

 

Satuli Canteen is one of the best overall counter service restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. With a great variety of options allowing guests to customize their dishes, there is something for everyone at this a former RDA commissary.

Are you ready to experience Pandora for yourself? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today to book your next trip!

 

 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

 

Looking for something sweet while at Epcot?

Caramel Confections at the Karamell-KücheNestled inside the quaint village-like setting of Germany at Epcot’s World Showcase is one of my favorite treasures…Karamell-Küche {Caramel Kitchen}.

 

This charming confectionary is a “must do” on every trip to EPCOT.  The rich smell of carmel entices you in as you walk by the front door.  Guests are immediately greeted with the smell of the fresh caramel popcorn that is being made in the store.  Don’t be afraid of the line.  It will move fast and the wait is definitely worth it!!!  At quick glance, many will see the caramel popcorn identified as a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.  While I highly recommend this use of your snack credit, don’t think you are limited to just the savory hot caramel popcorn.  As you wait your turn, you will get a glimmer of the delicious, heavenly treats that are available.  Extra large caramel pecan clusters, chocolate covered strawberries, and freshly made caramel apples all will catch your eye at first look.

 

Caramel Confections at the Karamell-KücheA few years ago, I found MY special treat here at Karamell-Küche.  On a hot, summer day in August, the freshly cut pineapple spear, dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled in rich caramel was an invitation waiting to happen.  I was thrilled to discover that this magnificent treat! This treat and most of the delicious caramel confections were each 1 snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.  On subsequent trips, I always treat myself to the pineapple spear, as well as another rich morsel.  On my most recent trip, I found delight in the freshly baked oatmeal cookie with apple chunks drizzled with caramel.  I have now added this delicious treat to my recommended snack list.

Caramel Confections at the Karamell-Küche

The World Showcase at Epcot has so much to offer the entire family.  From performing arts to unique shops to amazing dining experiences,  Epcot is a full day activities and entertainment to enjoy.  And while you are there, stop by and pick yourself up a treat {or two} at Karamell-Küche.  You won’t be disappointed in this “sweet destination”.

Looking to plan your next trip to Disney and have no clue where to start? Me and The Mouse Travel would LOVE to help you plan your dream Disney {or Universal} vacation. All agents are highly trained and love to bring magic to families young and old. Contact an agent today to start planning!

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

At Akershus Royal Banquet HallAkershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located at Epcot’s Norway Pavillion. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet with Disney Royalty on your next Walt Disney World vacation.
 
Join the Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining inside a medieval castle setting in heart of Norway.  When you arrive, guests are immediately greeted by Belle in her gorgeous yellow ballgown.  Don’t worry, a Photopass photographer is present! This means you will have a fantastic photo on your Memory Maker photo account. You will be able to enjoy later and send out to family and friends.
 

Akershus Royal Banquet HallAfter your visit with Belle, guests are are seated in one of two rooms reminiscent of great hall inside a storybook castle.  On my most recent visit, our waiter Paal explained the menu and made suggestions from the menu.  At lunch and dinner, every Guest’s royal feast begins with a “Taste of Norway”. This features Scandinavian seafood, imported cheeses, cured and sliced meats, and a wide selection of salads and fruits.  I went with Paal’s suggestions of  Tradisjonell Kjøttkake  (Swedish meatballs), which was very good.  
 
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
As we dined, many of our favorite Disney Princeses circulated the restaurant and visited with each table.  The Princesses spent amble time with each table allowing for conversation and multiple photo opportunities. By the end of our meal, we were able to meet with Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Mulan in addition to our formal picture time with Belle.  The Princesses also invite your own little Prince or Princesses to join in the fun. Your child will be able to join their Princess Parade through the restaurant.  I witnessed many smiles as the little princesses waved to guests as they followed the Disney Princesses through the restaurant greeting and welcoming guests to the hall.  
Akershus Royal Banquet HallAkershaus Royal Banquet hall is an excellent opportunity to visit with your favorite Disney Princess. {It only uses 1 table service credit on the Disney Dining plan!}  Lunch and dinner menus have more of an acquired palette. However, children will find traditional favorites like pizza and pasta on their menu.  Be sure to check out the menu here first to see if it fits your family’s taste.  Otherwise, my recommendation would be to book a breakfast here and enjoy traditional favorites like waffles, bacon and eggs.
 
Character dining is a great way to skip the lines and visit with multiple Disney friends as one time.  If your little one is anxious to meet their favorite Disney Princesses then a meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall will be a lasting Disney memory for your family.   Want to know more about character dining opportunities with the Princesses, you can read more in our blog, HERE or contact your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist for more details.

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

At The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Disney's Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

Springtime is always a fun time to visit the parks, especially over at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival {read more here!}.  From beautiful gardens and amazing topiaries to specialty food booths, this is one of our favorite times to visit the parks.  Also returning this year is Disney’s Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt!

 

This year ‘s egg hunt is now on, and it is scheduled to last even longer than in year’s past! The Egg Hunt will end the same time as the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, on May 29, 2017.

 

How does it work?

Disney's Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg HuntTo participate in the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt, you will need to purchase a map and sticker sheet for $5.99 (plus tax) at Pin Central Future World, Disney Traders or World Traveler. As you discover the special, hidden eggs, be sure to record your discoveries! You will simply place the corresponding sticker on the specialty themed Egg-Stravaganza map that represents the location the egg was found. {This is a fun keepsake to look back on as well!}

 

Based on this year’s map, it appears that guests will be searching for Mickey and Friends, including Epcot’s favorite character, Figment. There are 12 eggs in all one in each country. Make sure you look EVERYWHERE because these eggs are hidden very well. Disney's Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

 

When you’ve completed your hunt, return your map to the redemption location to pick up your surprise!  Enjoy making and collecting memories with your family this Spring at Epcot. If you’d like to visit Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival this spring, contact a Me and The Mouse agent today!

 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeDisney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a one-of-kind destination at Walt Disney World.  Its views of exotic animals grazing on nearby savannas, guests will feel as if they have escaped on an authentic Safari adventure!

This deluxe resort property is located near Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World.  The African-inspired resort gives guests the opportunity to view grazing exotic wildlife outside their rooms and public areas within the resort. This leaves guests feeling as if they are staying on the African savanna.

Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeThe rooms can accommodate up to 4 guests, plus one child under age 3. They are available with either a king-size bed, two queen-size beds, or one queen-size bed and bunk beds. Amenities include room service, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, coffee makers and refrigerators.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge also has guest suites and Concierge Level accommodations. This offer access to the Kilimanjaro Club lounge, robes, turndown service and the opportunity to participate in two unique safari experiences (for an additional fee).

There are two amazing pools on property. The Uzima Springs Pool faces the Uzima Savanna and features a zero-depth entry, along with a 67-foot-long waterslide.  Families will enjoy making a splash at the Samawati Springs Pool.  This is located just a short walk away at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village.  This family pool features an exciting 128-foot waterslide and zero-depth-entry.  This pool area also includes Uwanja Camp, a water playground with 3 distinct zones for kids of all ages.  Observation Station is for children 4 years of age and younger.  Kids can climb through cargo crates, unscramble animal images and play in a bubbling geyser and shallow cistern pool.  Children, ages 5 to 7, will enjoy playing at the Departure Zone, which includes a leaky water tower and clever African irises that squirt water.  At Base Camp, kids 8 years of age and up can soak each other with water cannons. This is a great place to spend time on a non-park day. These fun pools & slides will keep the kiddos busy all day long!  Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge serves award-winning, African-inspired specialties and classic American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, amid a lush, wildlife preserve.  Animal Kingdom Lodge host to uniquely themed restaurants, BOMA – Flavors of Africa and Sanaa. Sanaa is a restaurant with African cooking with an Indian influence. It offers spectacular views of the savannahs at lunch and dinner.  (You can read our blog post on Sanaa, HERE.)  For parents who want to have a nice, quiet dinner alone at a Signature Dining restaurant, such as Jiko – The Cooking Place, Animal Kingdom Lodge offers Simba’s Clubhouse, a fun night of supervised activities, including arts and crafts, Disney movies, dinner and much more. (Cost for this service is in addition to your resort stay.)

Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeThe Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has a special secluded feel. Its unique opportunities to view wildlife up close in open, natural habitats, makes this Deluxe Disney Resort one of my favorites.  If you ready for a relaxing vacation, filled with special and unique experiences, contact your Me and The Mouse Travel specialist. They can help you learn more about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

What’s better than visiting Walt Disney World?   Celebrating your BIRTHDAY at Walt Disney World!!!  There are lots of great ways to celebrate your special day.

To start your birthday celebration, you will want to make sure to pick up a free Birthday button at Guest relations or at your resort front desk (if you didn’t receive once at check-in).  You never know what Pixie Dust may happen when wearing your birthday button.

There are amazing desserts and treats to enjoy during your visit to Walt Disney World.   We often get asked about birthday cake options for celebrating  a loved one’s special day.  Walt Disney World offers several options for families, who are celebrating! Personalized Disney Birthday Cake

If you would like to add a non-personalized birthday cake to your birthday celebration while dining on property, guests may the request at the podium when they check-in for their dining reservation.  A 6 inch cake is available in both chocolate and vanilla. No notice is necessary.  You can order upon arrival at most Disney table-service restaurants for approximately $21. Candles are available upon request.

A personalized cake can be ordered and delivered to almost any Walt Disney World restaurant.     To discuss options and dietary needs, guests can order by calling the Cake Hotline at 407.827.2253.  Cast members can discuss the various options for cake decorations, styles and icing with you.  Please note that any personalized cake must be ordered with at least 72 hours notice.

Walt Disney World guests can also have a cake delivered to their room from Disney Floral & Gifts. Guests can select a six-inch two-tiered round cake that serve 4-6 people in either chocolate or vanilla. Celebration Cakes will be delivered to your room after you check-in. Cost is $55.95.  Forks, plates, napkins, and a cake server are all included.

Mickey’s Celebration Cake can be enhanced with two different add-ons: Magical Celebration with balloons and birthday tray for $93.95 or Grand Birthday Party with Walt Disney World® popcorn tin, a pair of Mickey birthday ears (personalization available), Mickey Mouse crispy rice treats, and five helium balloons is $131.95.

Please note that pricing and availability are subject to change. Contact a Me and the Mouse Travel specialist and let them know if you would like to add specialized birthday celebration to your vacation package!

 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

Dining Plan at Walt Disney WorldIs the Disney Dining Plan worth adding to my vacation package?  What’s included in the Dining Plan?  Do we have to order from a select few entrees?  These are just are a few questions about the Disney Dining Plan that we are asked from our clients.

 

YES!!!  The Disney Dining Plans is worth it.  With over 200 restaurants on property that accept the Disney Dining plan, you will find a wide variety of dining options on the menus at restaurants across the parks, resort properties and Disney Springs.  Your dining credits are available from the moment you check-in to your Disney resort and are applicable until midnight of the night you check-out.  This flexible plan allows guests options in using their dining credits. Dining Plan at Walt Disney World

 

The Disney Dining Plan can actually SAVE you money.  In fact, it is about a 20% savings on the Disney Dining Plan and about 25% on the Deluxe Dining Plan.  My family was recently on vacation at Walt Disney World and this is an example of my dining for the day.

 

Pinocchio’s Village Haus – $15.00

Snack (Dole Whip) – $5.00

Character Dinner at Chef Mickey’s + tip – $60.00 +$12 

Snack (Mickey Ice Cream Bar) -$4.00

Total Cost – $96

 

Dining Plan at Walt Disney WorldOn the 2017 Disney Dining Plan (Disney’s most popular dining plan), you receive 1 table service restaurant, 1 counter service restaurant and 2 snacks per person for each night’s stay at your Walt Disney World resort.  The cost of the day’s worth of dining on the Disney Dining Plan would be around $70.00!!!

Whether your a family who is “on the go” and doesn’t want to be “too scheduled” with your day, a family that enjoys adding character meals to their itinerary to get that extra one on one time with multiple Disney characters, or a couple looking to experience the amazing Signature Dining experiences that Disney offers its guests, there is a Disney Dining Plan for you!  Your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist will work with you to determine which dining plan (Quick, Disney or Deluxe) is the perfect fit for your Disney vacation. Dining Plan at Walt Disney World

If you are like my family, you like having the details of your vacation taken care of.  Adding a Disney Dining Plan allows you to save money, as well as lets everyone choose exactly what they want to eat without having to discuss:  “How many drinks are we buying?  Can I have dessert?”  With the Disney Dining Plan, the details are already taken care of for you.

We love the ease and money savings that the Disney Dining plans add to a resort guests stay at Walt Disney World.   Let your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist know that you want to include the a Disney Dining Plan to your resort vacation package.

 


2017 DISNEY DINING PLAN PRICING

 

*All Disney Dining Plans include a Resort Refillable Mug ($18.00 value) for each guest

**Guests 2 years old or younger do not have to be on a Dining Plan, but are welcome to share a meal with another family member.

 

                    Per Adult, Per Night                                      Per Child, Per Night

                            (ages 10 years and older)                         (children ages 3-9 years old)

 

Quick Service Dining:     $49.00                                                            $22.00 

Disney Dining Plan:         $70.00                                                            $26.00

Deluxe Dining Plan:       $106.00                                                            $40.00


 

Any other questions? Contact your Me and The Mouse agent!

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist