Animatronic Removed From Na’vi River Journey

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Na’vi River Journey is one of the more popular Disney Park attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Located inside PANDORA — The World of Avatar, this river boat ride takes Guests through the mystical world of PANDORA.

One of the most beloved and iconic parts of this theme Park attraction was Big Toe, the Avatar animatronic, which you can see in the photo below.

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Related: INSIDE LOOK: Na’vi River Journey Showcases Disney’s Most Lifelike Animatronic to Date on a Serene Ride Through Pandora

Disney World Animatronic Abruptly Breaks Down Mid-Ride

However, it looks as though the Big Toe animatronic has now been taken away from the ride and replaced with a video screen instead. Thanks to Instagram user @disneymom2.0, we can see the new screen during this ride.

According to the comments, Big Toe was just there the day prior, and Cast Members aren’t sure why the animatronic has been taken away. However, this has happened in the past when the animatronic needed maintenance, which is why the screen was initially installed. It is common for animatronics so advanced to need care every once in a while. However, we are not sure when the Na’vi River Journey animatronic will be taken away, and we don’t yet know when it will return to its normal place in the attraction.

You can see the original animatronic that was featured in our YouTube video here:

Navi River Journey

If you have never had the opportunity to experience the Na’vi River Journey attraction at PANDORA — The World of Avatar, Disney World describes the ride as:

A Mystical River Ride

Feel a sense of wonder as the full beauty of the extraordinary dreamscape unfolds before your eyes.

On this visually stunning and mysterious river, you’ll glide through a series of caves and into a bioluminescent rainforest alive with the sights and sounds of exotic plants and creatures on all sides—even overhead.

Soon, you’ll join the legendary Na’vi Shaman of Songs, who demonstrates her deep connection to the life force of Pandora—and sends positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music.

Na’vi River Journey offers explorers an experience that has to be seen—and heard—to be believed!

Have you ever experienced Na’vi River Journey? Let us know in the comments below.

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