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Old 06-06-2018, 03:50 PM   #1
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I would like to hear your opinions on whether you need/should be an Avatar fan in order to appreciate the world of Pandora. I saw the movie a few years ago when it was announced that it would be the new world at Animal Kingdom, and I donít really remember too much about it. Is it really necessary to see it again to understand/ appreciate the rides? Or not so much?
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I think you'll appreciate it a little more if you see the movie again, but it's not necessary.
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I have not seen the movie but have experienced both rides in Pandora. I LOVED FOP.......cannot imagine I could love it more if I had seen the movie. It was an "experience"!!!

Walking around Pandora may make more sense to you if you have seen the movie but I don't think it is necessary.


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Watching the movie might be somewhat helpful, but the rides stand on their own. Both are super innovative.
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Not at all. We saw the movie when it came out and haven't seen it since and we could still appreciate the beauty of it.
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I agree that a refresher of the movie would probably add to your understanding of the area, but that said, you just need to experience Pandora, period. It’s a new level of immersion.
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Thanks guys! I did manage to get Fastpasses for both rides today, so now I’m just hoping I don’t puke on FOP, lol
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Thanks guys! I did manage to get Fastpasses for both rides today, so now Iím just hoping I donít puke on FOP, lol
Hooray on your FPs! I get motion sickness too so I stay away from anything spinning. The simulator rides like Star Tours and Soarin don't usually bother me. I was surprised that I did feel a bit queasy on FOP but it was so awesome I couldn't pass up another ride. I chewed some peppermint gum and that seemed to help me. I hope you are able to enjoy it b/c it is really awesome!
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Congrats on getting the FPs! I get motion sick easily, so I take a Dramamine on the days we have a FP for Flight of Passage. I haven't had any problems on it yet.
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Congrats on getting the FPs! I get motion sick easily, so I take a Dramamine on the days we have a FP for Flight of Passage. I haven't had any problems on it yet.
Thatís great to hear! Iíll definitely try that, thanks!
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