Attraction Stats

Boat Ride

5 minutes

Great for All Ages

Open since May 2017

Location: Pandora - The World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom

Na’vi River Journey is a boat ride that takes you through a bioluminescent forest. Once you load in what must be the smallest boat among Disney World rides (only two rows), you glide down a dark waterway that is only lit by the natural surroundings. Along your brief journey, you’ll encounter wildlife, glowing plants, and a one-of-a-kind animatronic. The Shaman of Song provides a climax for this ride, as she is the most advanced audioanimatronic that Disney Imagineering has ever created. She makes this ride worth checking out.

This ride is relaxing, serene, and beautiful. However, it somewhat lives in the “only need to do it once” category. I enjoy Na’vi River Journey thanks to the exquisite visuals, but I don’t find myself jumping to go on it again and again like other Animal Kingdom attractions. If you can get a Fastpass or if there’s a short wait, definitely check out this family-friendly ride.

Tips for Na’vi River Journey

  • If you want the best view of the Shaman of Song, sit in the righthand side of the vehicle.
  • If you’re choosing between this and Flight of Passage for a Fastpass, definitely go with Flight of Passage. That ride is one of the best at Disney World, and it gets the longest lines in all of the parks. Na’vi River Journey can still get somewhat long lines, but is not nearly as much of a must-do experience.