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With Pandora open, the four crowd magnets in the park will be the two new rides Avatar - Flight of Passage and the Na'Vi River Journey, plus long-time favorites Kilimanjaro Safaris in Africa and Expedition Everest in Asia.
Because the park hosts large crowds for relatively few attractions, expect those attractions to be extremely busy, and for Pandora to be mobbed.
The opening of Pandora means that Animal Kingdom's second-tier rides, DINOSAUR in DinoLand U.S.A., and Kali River Rapids in Asia, should see lower crowds first thing in the morning. If you're able to get Fastpasses for the headliner rides, it should be possible to experience these attractions in the morning with relatively low waits.
Most guests arrive in the morning, with a sizable number on hand before opening and a larger wave arriving before 10 a.m. Guests continue to stream in through the late morning and into the early afternoon, with crowds peaking at around 2 p.m. From about 2:30 p.m. on, departing guests outnumber arriving guests, as those who arrived early complete their tour and leave.
Pandora's emphasis on glow-in-the-dark effects, coupled with evening Extra Magic Hours in the park, should keep crowds sizable after sunset.
If you decide to visit during the late afternoon, you'll almost certainly have to return on another afternoon to finish seeing everything.
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