It’s almost time for the official grand opening of Pandora: the World of Avatar, but several DFB team members were able to secure an Annual Passholder Preview so that we could give you all the scoop on the foods and drinks you’ll find in Walt Disney World’s newest land.
So today, we’re trying three Pandoran prepackaged snacks, which you can find in various locations in Pandora. And these are totally thematic, people!
First up is the Teylu Gummi Candy. As the story goes, teylu are similar to shrimp and serve as a main source of protein for the Na’vi people. We can’t say the same for the gummies (no protein here!), but they definitely look the part!
They’re skewered on a stick, just as the Na’vi might skewer their teylu to cook over a fire. Great detail, right? Flavors here are, thankfully, not shrimp, but instead: Dragon Fruit, Lemon, and Fruit Punch.
The texture is very soft gummy — the kind of gummy that you have to chew for a looooong time to make a dent. ;-D And my hands-down favorite flavor was lemon. I couldn’t tell if the blue one was Dragon Fruit and the purple one was Fruit Punch or vice versa, but neither of them did much for me. The sugar dusting the teylu was sweet, but had smidgen of sour crystals as well.
It’s honestly a little bit disconcerting to eat something so shrimp-like (grub-like? worm-like?) in these bold colors, but at least the appearance is Pandora perfect!
Next up are Pandoran Tree Spores. These are Coconut Brownie Bites, made vibrant and colorful by the use of blue- and purple-tinted coconut.
We appreciate that they mimic the vibrancy of the land itself, and they come in an handy plastic bag. So you can share (like the tag recommends) or hoard them all to yourself. And, honestly, it’s not like these are huge. They’re pretty small bites, and all four together are smaller than most brownies, so you can share if you want, but… .
Now, the inside is pretty standard chocolate brownie. You won’t be blown away by it, but it is soft and moist (no dry brownies here), and the flavor is good. The addition of the coconut does amp these up a little. And they’re totally enjoyable little bites.
Finally, we had to pick up the Vein Pod.
So, here’s the thing. It’s a totally innocuous Krispy Treat, right? But it’s called a Vein Pod. Which sounds kind of icky. And looks kind of icky. We get it — we do. But. Veins. (FYI, a Vein Pod is apparently part of a plant that sucks up methane on Pandora…and smells disgusting as a result. So who wouldn’t think to create a food item recreating that, right? That makes total sense.)
But actually, it’s pretty cool to look at. This might be the one your little boys are after, since it definitely looks alien. (Plus, methane = farts, so your kid could totally call this a fart pod and he’d kind of be right.) The dense krispy treat is covered in green-hued white chocolate, and decorated with milk chocolate veins.
It’s pretty standard, but obviously pre-packaged in its flavor. No fresh-tasting krispy here. So, if you buy this one, make it solely because you totally want a vein pod rice krispy treat and not because you want a fresh, yummy snacks.
Additionally, Pandora also introduced these AVATAR-themed snacks. If you try them, let us know what you think!
The Celia Fruit Gummies are strawberry-flavored and were highly recommended by cast members in Wind Traders!
The Pandoran Rock Candy is…pretty self-explanatory. Sugar crystals on a wooden stick in blue raspberry, grape, and cotton candy flavors. 😀
Pre-packaged Blueberry Almond Popcorn is up next!
And the Expedition Trail Mix is a good treat to stick in your park bag and take with you around the World! Golden raisins, dark chocolate chunks, kiwi, pineapple, almonds, strawberries, papaya, cranberries, and coconut!
And there’s even more to sustain you on Pandora. Don’t forget to check out our video with sneak peeks inside Pandora while you’re preparing for your adventure.
Overall, the inclusion of new snacks and treats in Pandora has us all excited. Keep in mind that during these early stages of opening, things are prone to change. But we think these snacks have some staying power!
What are you most excited about discovering in Pandora — the World of Avatar? Let us know!