This news item originally appeared on Episode 18 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Na'vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey. Copyright: Disney

ERIN: Now of course there was a big opening on the East Coast as well.  On Saturday, May 27th, the same day Guardians opened, over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, the new land Pandora, World of Avatar made its official debut.  The area is themed to look like Pandora, the setting of James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar. It comes complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent vegetation.  

With a more detailed explanation here is ENN correspondent Natalie Azou who is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom checking out the new land.  So Nat, tell us what you think of the new theme, your overall impression of Pandora, your thoughts on the attractions,  and what the lines were like.

NAT:  Awesome. Awwesome! Awwwwesome!!! Not so awesome.  Back to you.

PARKER:  Uh thanks, Nat Azou, ENN correspondant.  That report was Awww….

ERIN: …Kward! That’s what that was Parker. I told you I should have gone!  Anyway, Pandora, World of Avatar sports two new major attractions.  

The first, “Na’vi River Journey” takes you on a slow boat ride through the bioluminescent forest. You see lots of wonderful colors, plants, and are even  greeted by a Na’vi shaman toward the end of the ride. And while you will want to reach out and touch all the wonderful things you see, like any attraction you will need to keep your hands, arms and legs inside the boat…..and please…whatever you do….don’t squeeze the shaman!

(Long pause)….Well??

PARKER: You’re on a roll.

ERIN: Really Parker.