This summer, two Disney fans got to experience a totally unique magical evening in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. They were treated to private dining, guided tours of the land, plenty of souvenirs, and the opportunity to go “glamping” (glam camping, of course) in the Park!
For Eric Gross and his fiancee Kelley Wong, this was a dream come true, filled with surprises, excitement, and plenty of magic.
How did Eric get this incredible opportunity? He was the lucky Grand Prize Winner of the contest Oh My Disney co-hosted with Walt Disney World! Eric’s video submission truly showed his love of Pandora – The World of Avatar and the Disney Parks.
The journey began on Saturday, as the glampers arrived at the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first night of their stay. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, they got to visit the Disney Parks of their choice while the glamping experience was prepared for them. Here’s a look at the tent:
Sunday night, the Glampers arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin their Pandora journey. First stop: Tiffins Restaurant. Here, the glampers were treated to a private, VIP dinner featuring delicious dishes from the Tiffins menu as well as wine pairings for every dish. “They made us feel like VIPs. It was really good and really special,” Eric said.
Oh, and one more thing: During dinner, the glampers were surprised by Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph from Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger!
Olivia and Aubrey had already explored Pandora – The World of Avatar and the special A.C.E. (Alpha Centauri Expeditions) tent set up for the glampers. They let the glampers know what a treat they were in for, spent some time with them during dinner, and then let the glampers enjoy their dessert.
From Tiffins, the glampers were escorted to the bridge between Discovery Island and Pandora – The World of Avatar, and were surprised once again! This time they were greeted by their A.C.E. tour guide who would be giving them a private, guided tour throughout the land. (We were totally jealous.)
First, they explored the flora and fauna of Pandora, interacting with the magical bioluminescent plant life and getting first-hand information from their A.C.E. tour guide about everything they saw. “I knew a lot about Pandora,” Eric said, “but our tour guide really taught us about all the different details.” From there, the glampers got their first look at their A.C.E. tent, complete with all the magical amenities you would expect. Take a look inside:
Next, was a private ride on Na’vi River Journey where the glampers came face to face with the mystical Na’vi Shaman of Songs. After that, they boarded their Banshees and soared on Avatar Flight of Passage. Talk about an incredible night!
After the attractions, the glampers got to pick out their own Banshee and create their own Avatars at Windtraders. The final event of the night was an unforgettable private performance of the Swotu Wayä Na’vi Drum Ceremony.
Finally, after experiencing everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer, the glampers arrived at their tent for a good night’s rest. Eric was amazed by the tent, saying, “The tent was above and beyond.”
This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these lucky glampers. It’s hard to think of anything more magical than being the first ever couple to glamp inside a Disney Park.
Thanks so much to Walt Disney World for partnering with us to bring this magical glamping experience to these lucky fans!