We’re getting some glimpses into the interesting eats and glowing drinks from Disney’s upcoming addition to Animal Kingdom. Pandora – The World of Avatar will grand open May 27th, and with it comes a new drink stand named Pongu Pongu, and a quick service restaurant named Satu’li Canteen. Both venues are sure to bring some unique offerings. Let’s take a look at some of the new dishes we can expect to find when we get to visit this other world, and how we’ll soon be able to order and pay for our quick-service meals before we even arrive.
The Satu’li Canteen will be a “fast-casual” restaurant within Pandora, themed to look like it was once the mess hall for human researchers, but has since been taken over by the Na’vi. The interior will be littered with colorful Na’vi items filling the walls and hanging from the ceiling — hand-woven tapestries, natural Pandoran elements and even cooking tools will decorate the restaurant.
The specialty of Satu’li Canteen will be its customizable bowls. Diners start with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Next is either with wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. And the bowl is finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.
Also on the menu will be steamed “pods,” which are bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw. On the kids menu will be options of 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).
This fast casual location will be the first at Walt Disney World to offer Mobile Order, a new option to order and pay for meals on-the-go through the My Disney Experience app, allowing guests to bypass the order queue when they arrive at the restaurant. Guests can select their items from the menu on the app and then pre-pay using a credit card. When they get to the restaurant, they tap an “I’m Here” button in the app, which will let the kitchen staff know to prepare the meal. When it’s ready, guests are alerted by the app to pick up their meal at the designated window.
The Mobile Order service will be expanded to include more quick-service restaurants at Disney World later in the year. Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at Satu’li Canteen but, at first, Mobile Order will only accept credit cards. This intriguing new ordering option may be just the thing to help keep lines down and things moving more quickly, especially if everyone can spend as long as they want mulling over the menu, deciding what they want, before they even arrive at the restaurant.
In addition to the Satu’li Canteen restaurant, Pandora will also contain the otherworldly pit-stop known as Pongu Pongu, a snack and drink stand offering Na’vi-inspired refreshment. The backstory for this location is that an expat who fell in love with Pandora decided to stay and open a refreshment stand.
Meaning “Party Party” in the language of the Na’vi, Pongu Pongu welcomes weary travelers to try our “bioluminescent” frozen cocktail, indigenous beers—or even a sweet snack you won’t find elsewhere!
The sweet snack they’re talking about is a Sweet Lumpia, a popular street-food snack in Indonesia and the Philippines. Usually filled with meats and offering a more savory taste, this sweet version will contain pineapple and cream cheese instead. This quick stop will also offer the Nectar of Pangu Pangu, a frozen drink with passion fruit bubble balls, along with various beers and other beverage options.