Pandora – The World of Avatar is set to open on May 27 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Along with the opening of the new area comes two new places for use to dine, Satu’li Canteen and Pongu Pongu.
The story behind this colorful restaurant is that it was once the main mess hall of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) base located in the Valley of Mo’ara. It’s now owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company. There are colorful Na’vi items filling the walls and hanging from the ceiling.
At Satu’li Canteen, guests can enjoy wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins. There will even be an on-stage grill. For lunch and dinner, guests will be able to customize their meal. You’ll star with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Then add wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu and finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing. Steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw are also on the menu.
The kiddos can choose from grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; cheese quesadilla, or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun).
New to Disney dining is Mobile Order. Guests will be able to conveniently pre-order and pay for their meals using the My Disney Experience app. Guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal all on the app. When they arrive at the restaurant they will tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up their meal at a designated window.
From the description on the Walt Disney World website, it seems that the focus here is beverages. It states that it’s located at the corner of Windtraders.
Pongu Pongu, which means “Party, Party” in the Na’vi language, will feature a “bioluminescent frozen cocktail” and “indigenous beers”. There will also be something sweet for guests to enjoy. From the image on the site, it looks crepe like. We can’t wait to see what the menu is going to look like when it’s released.