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Video: Check Out the New Disturbing Malfunction Along the Na’vi River Journey

Video: Check Out the New Disturbing Malfunction Along the Na’vi River Journey
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Guests traveling along the Na’vi River were a bit shocked to discover a major malfunction at the end of their journey. Check out the video of what Guests encountered below.

Technical Difficulties

Just the other day we shared that a solution has finally been reached for the ongoing technical difficulties at the Gran Fiesta Tour in EPCOT. The real joy of this ride is in seeing the 3 Caballeros reunited in the end.

First Jose Carioca was missing back in July and recently poor Donald Duck was replaced with a flower pot. This was a bit anti-climatic in that the entire ride is about Jose and Panchito finding their pal Donald.

Animatronics in the Gran Fiesta Tour have now all been replaced with large cut-outs.

The ride was recently “repaired.” Now all 3 Caballeros have been reunited, but in a rather lackluster manner.  Check out the large cut-outs of the 3 Caballeros that are now in place of the animatronics HERE.

Shaman Missing from Na’vi River Journey

The Na’vi River Journey is one of the 2 attractions located in the land of Pandora inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I personally love the beauty and peaceful serenity of this attraction.

The boat ride typically concludes with a view of Na’vi Shaman of Songs, an impressively life-like animatronic creation, performing the music of her world. The figure is one of the most sophisticated animaronics Walt Disney World has to offer. 

In July, Guests were surprised to discover that at the end of their journey the Shaman had been replaced with a screen and a video screen replica. This was only temporary but still a bit disappointing.

Shaman Malfunction

Today Guests traveling along the Na’vi River Journey experienced something even more disappointing than a video screen replica. Today the entire Shaman was found doubled over.

Check out this video provided by @vinbel12 on Twitter.

Although the video screen would have been disappointing, this doubled over version of the Shaman would be remarkably worse. We are hoping that this will soon be repaired. She is truly the highlight of this journey.

At the end of the Na’vi River Journey the Shaman was found doubled over. We are hoping that she may be repaired quickly.

What do you think of this major malfunction? What would be your thoughts if you ended your journey to discover this? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.


  1. I was disappointed with some of the changes on some of the cornerstone attractions, most notably The Haunted Mansion. It looked as though some animatronic characters no longer functioned and a lot of overuse of black light paints, which reminded me of a cheap amusement park rather than the immersive experience WDW used to offer.

  2. I sadly agree with Marcy. I have also noticed that the cleanliness within the parks & resorts is not up to Disney standards. As for the attractions, we saw the screen on Navi River, on Tuesday, but then the animatronic was there, on Thursday. Jose & Panchito were in the Grand Fiesta Tour, on Monday along with the flower pot. It was kind of sad to see. I also noticed a pirate missing an arm, on Pirates, but I’m not sure if that’s intentional… I wouldn’t think it was.

  3. I think rather than continuing layoffs they may want to consider rethinking where the cuts are made. We are still paying premium prices and are getting worse and worse subpar experiences. Be carefulDisney Universal is rising to the challenge. They are making sure that the experience isnt lacking and Disney is banking on the brand. But eventually people will not continue paying for subpar Disney experiences.

  4. I am finding the upkeep and maintenance of rides at DW very disappointing. I had always felt they took good care of everything. I can’t understand that rides are not repaired quickly as this is what Disney is known for, its upkeep and maintenance of their park and rides. I have seen all of this go downhill over the last several years. The cleanliness of the parks, the resorts when checking into rooms and now the rides not being repaired for months at a time. I can’t believe Walt would have allowed this. You are paying top dollar visiting DW. I understand Disney is going through a difficult time financially now, and can understand pausing the building of Tron and the Marval rides but cleanliness and repairs need to be taken care of. It is upsetting to continue to see the Magic diminishing with each visit.

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