Pandora – The Land of Avatar is now open! The land opened on May 27th, 2017, the start of Memorial Day weekend, to highly anticipatory crowds.
There’s lots to love about this land, but this article is going to talk about the new food and drink options available.
There are two new locations: Pongu Pongu and Satu’li Canteen. Both spots accept the Disney Dining Plan. Since they’re also both quick-service, they accept even the quick-service dining plan.
Let’s take a look at what these locations have to offer!
Pongu Pongu, which means “Party Party,” is located on the north-west side of Pandora between Windtraders (the gift shop) and Satu’li Canteen (the sit down, quick service restaurant), and across from Flight of Passage (the signature attraction in the land).
Here is the Disney backstory: This lounge is run by an expat who decided to stay in Pandora. Pongu Pongu serves primarily drinks inspired by the Na’vi land. The drinks include beautiful, bioluminescent frozen cocktails and indigenous beers which are available in a souvenir mug with glowing cube.
The night blossom is a non-alcoholic beverage made with limeade, apple, and peer topped with passion fruit boba balls. The Mo’ara Margarita is made with tequila, strawberry, and blood orange flavors, with strawberry boba balls on top. I tried them both. They were sweet, but had great flavors.
The Mo’ara High Country Ale is a spicy amber draft with caramel, toffee, and nut flavors. Hawkes’ Grog Ale is an exciting green color with wheat, citrus, and cream flavors. Both of these are available in either 16 or 22oz.
If you need a snack, check out the Pongu Lumpia, which is a spring roll filled with pineapple cream cheese. It’s a popular street food in the Philippines and Indonesia, an apparently Pandora.
Satu’li Canteen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dishes may look a little intimidating, but they’re actually unique arrangements of familiar flavors. There are also lots of healthy options, including vegetarian, inspired by international cuisine.
Here is the Disney backstory: Satu’li is the former RDA (Research and Development Administration – the bad guys who ruthlessly mined Pandora) Mess Hall now owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions. The hut structure has been converted to a peaceful dining facility decorated with Na’vi art and cultural items.
The food includes grains, veggies, and protein, mostly in a build-your-own format taking advantage of Pandora’s natural bounty. The bowls start with your favorite protein – chicken, beef, fish, or tofu, add crunchy vegetable slaw, boba balls, and your choice of base (quinoa and vegetable salad, red and sweet potato hash, rice, or romaine and kale) and sauce (charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette, or creamy herb dressing).
The other main dish is a steamed pod. There’s a cheeseburger steamed pod, which is ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and cheese cooked in a bao bun and served with vegetable slaw and vegetable chips. There’s also a vegetable steamed curry pod with eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potato, carrots, and shallot cilantro cream in a bao bun with the slaw and chips.
Breakfast includes oatmeal, fruit, pork hash, steak and eggs, French toast, and a breakfast steamed pod with eggs, bacon, spinach, cheese, and slaw.
Satu’li has kids’ meals and Mickey Check meals plus a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and two delicious dessert options.
Satu’li is also participating in a pilot program for mobile ordering. For the first time ever, Disney World guests can log in to MyDisneyEperience, place a food order from anywhere in the park, and pick it up later that day. It will cut down on time spent waiting in lines and allow for more time spent enjoying the awesome new attractions. There will also be several other restaurants around the parks adding mobile ordering very soon.
Overall I was really impressed with the food offerings. They were unique, delicious, and priced about the way you would expect (for Disney standards).
Are you excited to try the new Pandora food options?