Pandora rides

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  1. gap2368

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    I am doing the Preview for pandora and was wondering if any one else was going?
    and if any one know if the rides were wheel chair accessible or not. I might be going with a friend that uses an ECV but she can transfer if need be,
     
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    Since the rides aren't open yet, you probably will have to wait until they are, or until CMs can ride, etc. FP+ has opened, or so it was posted on another thread - what does MDE state?
     
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  4. wilkeliza

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    MDE doesn't have any information on trasnfer or anything which I found odd. They would know that information already. Hopefully they come out with the information soon.
     
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    I was hopi g someone someone else was doing the preview too from this board but if I am it I will let you all know I am doing the preview on May20
     
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    Do you think it would be information guest services or special services would have already? I imagine the operating manuals have already been written so they know what is up with the ride and the queue.
     
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    good idea I will be down the end of April so I will ask then, I do not trust the phone CM at all. Like I said my friend can transfer but depending on how she is doing is how easy it is for her. I am thinking we will have an easey morning with little to no transfers for her. This way if she has too she should be OK. But if anyone hears anything before hand that would be great to know too.
     
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  8. SueM in MN

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    As far as I know, the only previews so far have been media (and probably some CMs). The first AP previews I've heard of are set for April 8 and 9.

    The only things that the MDE app says so far is that Avatar Flight of Passage has a 44 inch height requirement.
    There is a video from, I think Good Morning America, that doesn't show the ride itself, but does show the host on one of the attraction seats.
    It looks like it is stationary for boarding and would be a fairly easy transfer. I'll see if I can find it.

    Everything about the other attraction - Na'vi River Journey - indicates it will be a slow boat ride, similar in feeling to Small World. That includes the MDE app description. Pictures and videos I've seen of the boat look like there could easily be a ramped wheelchair accessible boat.
    I would expect the boat to be wheelchair accessible, but not ECV accessible, so a transfer from ECV to wheelchair is very likely.
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  9. gap2368

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    there is an CM preview for the 2 weeks before May 13 then AP/ DVC preview from May 13- at lest the 20. ( The AP/DVC is already full as about 3pm EST today) I do not think there will be any previous April.

    I do not think my friend can do flight ride so it is good to know that you think ( I know this is not what Disney is saying) but the river ride might be wheel chair accessible incase she is having a hard time with steps this day.
     
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    IMG_1514.jpg The Disney Blog had links to some of the ABC stories. This is a link to the one of the stories.
    http://thedisneyblog.com/2017/03/09/sneak-peek-pandora-world-avatar-good-morning-america/
    I took some screenshots from the video and edited them to be brighter.

    Apparently, there is a part in the preshow process where guests make movements that are picked up by a computer to create their own Avatar.
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    The ride itself is a virtual reality ride with 3D googles that were designed to fit over glasses.

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    It looks like the flight ride has the harness that comes up on your side and my friend can not have anything touching her side ( sometimes she has to be careful of even the type of close she wears, So thank you for the pictures ( the last one exspasily )

    ( if anyone was wondering about the AP preview I was talking about here is the thread about it, I think it starts maybe pg20-25, but like I said it is full. https://www.disboards.com/threads/o...-of-avatar-information-thread.3587311/page-22 )
     
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    IMG_1518.jpg This was the last view of the ride from the video. I don't know if there is any other part of the ride vehicle - like a back restraint.
    It appeared from the video like they stepped up to the ride and swung their legs over the center part. Did not look like a very difficult movement, but it's hard to know what the space is. My assumption is that something probably comes up from below and behind the Rider to form a rear restraint. Don't know though.

    The blog describes it as a "metal saddle type device that you straddle like a motorcycle".
     
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  13. SueM in MN

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    Please add questions or information about Pandora attractions to this thread.
     
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    I was wondering how many rides and/or shows there'll be in Pandora. I heard that there are only two-a river boat cruise and a "Soarin'" type of ride. Is that correct?
     
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    yes
     
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    I just saw the accessibility information is available through the mobile website (didn't check app or desktop). Based on what it says Navi river journey will require you to transfer out of wheelchairs and ecvs at the load area and Flight of Passage will require transferring to a wheelchair for the line (like POTC) and then transfer to ride vehicle at load.

    I must admit I'm a little disappointed that Navi River is not using wheelchair boats. They aren't that hard and it is clear they chose theme over accessibility.
     
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    Very disappointing if accurate.
    My son has been looking forward to this ride. Avatar is one of his favorite movies. The main character uses a wheelchair so he was confident they would consider wheelchair users when designing this new land.
     
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  19. SueM in MN

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    These are the website listings for the 2 Avatar attraction.

    IMG_1632.jpg IMG_1633.jpg I have been told that WDW is not ready to release any further details yet, so all we know so far is what is posted in the app and the website.

    I been told both attractions WILL require a transfer to the ride vehicle, but that both will have unique transfer assist devices.
    I don't know exactly what that will look like or how it will function, but it definitely means guests won't need to be able to walk a few steps if the transfer devices will work for them.
     
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  20. wilkeliza

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    I wonder if it would be like the lifts used for pools?
     
  21. SueM in MN

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    I have no idea exactly what it means. Something like that would work for some people (probably not my DD).

    I can see why the Flight attraction would require transfer because of the description as 'similar to Soarin'.

    I will be interested to see what about the Na'vi River Voyage makes it not able to board a wheelchair.
     
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