Our first Disney World vacation as annual passholders began with the usual 9-hour drive south on I-95 from Raleigh to Orlando. We checked in at Pop Century upon arrival, somewhat disappointed to find our assigned room was in the 50s section which had not yet been refurbished.
Since our last trip one year ago, Pandora: World of Avatar had opened at Animal Kingdom. Going straight there on our first night was a no-brainer. We rode Na’vi River Journey with FastPasses, not disappointed that Flight of Passage FastPasses for the trip’s first day were already gone when our reservation window opened 60 days prior. We had FastPasses later in the week in addition to morning rope drop plans.