In the World of Pandora: Banshee Rookery & Avatar Maker
Pandora is an amazing land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is full of amazing and thrilling experiences. I’m not going to lie but Flight of Passage was EASILY the best thing in the whole land. However, my second favorite thing about this wonderful land is something that I got to bring home with me! In the Windtraders shop, right at the exit of Flight of Passage, are two experiences that allow you to dive even further into the magic of Pandora, with the added bonus of being able to bring a unique souvenir home with you! First, the Avatar Maker is the opportunity for you to create your very own Avatar doll with your face on it! So it is almost like you creating your own Avatar, without the opportunity to make it life-sized unfortunately. The Banshee Rookery allows you to choose your own ikran or banshee that magically comes to life on your shoulder! Both of these experiences allow my family and I to bring a little Avatar magic home with us as a reminder of one amazing trip!
After experiencing the amazing sensation of flying on a banshee through the wonders of Pandora on Flight of Passage, my heart was set on choosing a banshee of my own as a reminder of that amazing journey. In the corner of the Windtraders shop, you can do just that! There are many ikrans to choose from, all with different skin, wings, and eyes patterns and colors. Once your choose your favorite banshee, a Cast Member walks you through the movements of your ikran using a leash and handle that you control the head, wing, and neck movements. I chose a beautiful teal and purple ikran with a perch to go with it for about $60 for the banshee and $20 for the perch. After going through the quick training, you are asked to take an oath to protect and respect the beautiful world of Pandora as well as a promise to protect and care for your ikran as you bond and live life together. It was a really cool and personalized experience in getting to choose your banshee and even better that I got to take home a little piece of Pandora.
My brother, sister, and husband decided that their momento of Pandora was to make their own Avatar doll that looked just like them! For $65, each of them sat in a chair and had their face scanned by a trained Cast Member from different angles. Their eye color, facial hair or marks, and their face shape were all photographed and put into a computer. After that, they were able to choose the eye color, hair style, outfit, and facial tattoos for their Avatar. The process of creating the actual Avatar doll took about an hour but we just went back out into Pandora to experience more magic until it was ready. When they were ready, we met a Cast Member at the back of the store and gave him the special card that was given after the faces were scanned. Placing their palm to a screen, each person’s Avatar doll appeared with their face in Avatar form. Also my husband, for about $20, purchased a Warrior package of bows, arrows, hatchets, and other accessories to dress up his Avatar with. his was another fun and personalized experienced that allowed us to see how my brother, sister, and husband would like like as an Avatar!
Pandora has many exciting adventures and sights to see but it also allows you to opportunity to bring the memories home with you in a unique way that can be enjoyed again and again!