Pandora – The World of Avatar will be opening in just a few short weeks. With it will come a whole host of new experiences, but today Disney announced one that guests probably weren’t expecting–the ability to order food from the land via mobile device. This new system is being called Mobile Order.
Satu’li Canteen, the primary restaurant for Pandora, has been designated as the site for this “evolution” in theme park dining. Being dubbed a “fast-casual” restaurant, guests will be able to order and pay for their meals through the My Disney Experience app. This means that orders can be made before even setting foot on location and the queue to order can be skipped upon arrival. All guests will need to do once they arrive is tap an “I’m here” button–found in the app–and take a seat as the kitchen begins to prepare the meal. Guests will be notified when their meal is ready and instructed to pick it up at a designated window.
Mobile Order comes with one caveat. It will only accept credit cards for payment; however, with such convenience at hand it seems likely that the system will be welcomed among park guests that are eager to get off their feet. Disney must hold this expectation too as they have relayed that Mobile Order will become available at other quick-service locations later this year.
If you are wondering what types of foods you will be able to order from Satu’li Canteen, the options are a bit off the beaten path of typical theme park menus. Whole grains, fresh vegetables and proteins will make up the bulk of the offerings, but diners will be able to customize these meals with unprecedented ease. Seemingly taking some cues from chains like Chipotle, diners start with their choice of a base and can customize the additional ingredients from there. Bases like quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad will be the starting point. A meat or meat substitute can then be added. Options in this category will be grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. As a last step, a “dressing” of sorts will top the meal. The choices will be charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette and a creamy herb dressing.
This is not the only type of item served up at Satu’li Canteen though. Steamed “pods” will be offered. These items are a bit closer to typical theme park food but still bring a unique twist, being described as “bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.” The kids menu will be even more tame with grilled chicken, beef, fish, or tofu with greens or rice. A hotdog, cheese quesadilla and cheeseburger will also be available in kid portions.
The space will feature an on-stage grill in a colorful room that, according to Disney lore, is run by the Alpha Centauri Expedition tour company. The company, which also operates the attractions within Pandora, has taken what was once a mess hall and redesigned it as a museum-like restaurant with woven tapestries and other Na’vi textiles and artifacts being used as decorative elements.
Pandora – The World of Avatar opens to guests this spring on May 27.