On January 4, 2017 I pointed out that I felt that a new Florida Resident ticket deal seems to hint at a possible opening date for Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now we have a bit more evidence for the opening timeframe.
Walt Disney World is currently arranging a major media event that begins May 21, 2017 and will run for an entire week. Most media events are 1 to 3 days, so this is a bit unusual, but they are hoping to attract “media” from around the world and want to show off Avatar, Rivers of Light and discuss other upcoming projects with those guests.
I mentioned in the article mentioned above that I believed that the Grand Opening will be Memorial Weekend and that seems right in line with this event.
Typically, guests are allowed “test and adjust” periods (locals call this Soft Openings) for new attractions like this one that take place prior to “media” events and the Grand Opening. The Frozen Ever After ride didn’t experience any “test and adjust” periods, but most rides do take part in that procedure. That means it’s possible that some points prior to May 21 MIGHT be able to take part in the new rides before the Memorial Weekend Grand Opening.
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I’ve also been told that Disney Vacation Club members should receive the opportunity to preview the new attractions before the Grand Opening. No word yet on Annual Passholders, but it’s my opinion that Annual Passholders should not be left out of the opportunity!