This week's spotlight is on the Na'vi River Journey located in the Pandora area of Animal Kingdom. This is one of the two rides in the new Pandora section and it may be the first time I've understood why someone would wait in line for hours. I felt heartbroken when it ended. The entire ride was so breathtakingly beautiful, I absolutely cannot wait to go on it again. And again. There was just so much to see, it was such an incredible feast for the eyes.
The picture above is actually Disney's photo, but it shows you the style boat you get into. They are small, so a family of 4 to 6 would each have their own boat. That was nice, because for something peaceful like this, you want to be able to enjoy it, and don't want the strangers behind you poking you, or their kids shouting in your ears. There was fair spacing between the boats, but depending on the time of day and if they need to put more boats into service, you might be able to see a line of boats as you go through the attraction. We were fortunate, though it was crowded they were spaced well so it almost felt like a private experience.
As you drift though, you will catch glimpses of the creatures inhabiting the world and you will even be able to see and hear a Na'vi shaman singing. The animatronics looked so real, I truly did expect them to walk towards us, or clock out at the end of the day like a regular cast member. The work that was put into this is truly imaginative.
The walls and ceiling are lit with luminescent plants and creatures that swag gently or glide past you. There is too much to see, or even try and photograph in one ride.
I suggest, if you have not already see one, to search for a ride through video of this ride on Youtube, turn off your lights and get a glimpse of what's waiting for you.