I was at Animal Kingdom last week (6/22). We were staying at a Disney resort, so we had FP+ for NRJ, and our park hours might be different from what you’ll have, but here’s what we did:
I intentionally chose to get the FP+ for NRJ instead of FoP for two reasons:
- I’d heard the line for FoP was really interesting to stand in.
- Even if it ultimately ends up being the same amount of time, my family is vastly happier waiting in line for something that turns out to be exceptionally cool and different.
That ended up working out perfectly for us. NRJ was lovely, but my family was blown away by FoP and the line for FoP was great. There’s a part at the beginning that winds up a hill that gave a nice view of Pandora so it felt more like we were exploring the area instead of standing in line.
So we did FoP at rope drop. On our day, the park opened at 8 (regular opening time, not EMH). Our bus dropped us at the park at about 7:30, and we went through the bag check/ticket stiles and found the end of the line for FoP. We got in that line probably around 7:45. Someone was standing with a sign that said where the end of the line was. I think we were on the actual ride itself by 8:45. And for a lot of the time, like I mentioned above, it felt like we were moving and exploring, so it was really good.
My FP+ window for NRJ was 8:10-9:10–which I was really nervous about because I’d booked it before I had a sense of how long the wait was going to be. But we did make our window! After that, we wandered slowly out of the area to look at other cool stuff–probably for about 10 minutes. We weren’t interested in snacking or shopping at that point, so we didn’t do any of that.
We also came back at night, after Rivers of Light and a couple other things–it was probably about 10:00 PM.We wandered in the area for about 10 minutes and then got some desserts and beverages. Then we decided to ride FoP again. I think it had a 75 minute wait time posted and again, we waited only about 60 minutes. In this case, because we didn’t start from so far away as we did at rope drop, there was a lot more standing in the line, but it was still about the same amount of time.
Hopefully that gives an idea of what it might be like. Though who knows how similar it will be in August. Oh, and in general I didn’t find the Pandora area to be overly crowded at the two times I was there.