Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom is arguably one of the BEST attractions at any of the parks. It’s thrilling, exciting, intense and immersive, it’s an attraction not to be missed. Unless of course you’re a certain body shape.
I remember visiting Universal Studios when the Harry Potter attractions first opened and being disappointed. They had made a fantastic new experience, but they couldn’t make it for everyone? It was brand new, they had so many options for design, yet they were limiting many people from experiencing it.
Universal had a test seat outside of the attraction and I remember thinking how cruel that was. If you weren’t sure that you would fit you could subject yourself to the stares and humiliation of trying to squeeze your body in just far enough for the vehicle to lock. I was annoyed and self-righteous, Disney would NEVER do that I thought to myself. And then they did.
In order to experience Avatar Flight of Passage you need to ‘fit’ on the vehicle. I say “on” because it’s like a motorcycle where you straddle the seat. You lean forward on the chest bar and pull your feet forward.
Restraints are activated after you are in position – one comes across your back and two more behind your legs. The key is the ‘click’ on the restraints to ensure that it has you secure.
It may not necessarily be a size issue that prevents people from getting the ‘click’, sometimes it’s a body shape issue that prevents the restraints from locking. The size of your calves can prevent the leg restraints from locking, it’s not just your size around the middle.
While I understand that the test seat out front is to prevent guests from waiting in line only to find out they can’t ride, I can’t help but think that there has to be a better option. Testing your ‘size’ in front of everyone is not a very magical experience for anyone. I am hopeful that Disney is listening to the guest feedback and working on some flexible restraints that can accommodate more people.
With the enormous wait times for this attraction, I would suggest anyone who is worried to try the test seat. While it isn’t ideal, I wouldn’t want you to skip the attraction all together – it really is as good as everyone says.
If you want to read the full review of the attraction – you can read it here.
Did you try the test seat for Flight of Passage before you rode?