Lately there's been a lot of talk about Pandora - the World of Avatar as its May 27th opening date draws near, but most of the focus has been on the land's lush landscape and thrilling attractions. Lest we forget, Pandora will also offer some unique food choices, most notably at Satu’li Canteen. Today the Disney Parks Blog offered some more details on the quick service location, including a technological first that will surely bring convenience to Pandora travelers.
First, this new location sounds kind of like a Pandorian version of Chipotle. As the Parks Blog explains, "Look for familiar dishes with a twist in the fast-casual restaurant, with bowls that allow diners to customize their lunch or dinner. 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."
Additionally, the menu will include bao bun "pods" with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry filling served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw. For little ones, there’s an option 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).
But what's really interesting is that Satu’li Canteen will be the first Disney location to offer Mobile Order through the My Disney Experience App. This will not only place your order for you but also allow you to pay within the app for even greater convenience. When guests arrive at the restaurant, they will tap an “I’m here” button in the app so their order can be prepared. The app will then alert when there order is ready for pickup. Additional fast-casual and quick-service restaurants will begin to offer Mobile Order later this year.
Update: We've just learned that the Mobile Order functionality will have some limitations upon launch. First, for the time being, the only form of payment accepted will be credit cards. Additionally, no discounts or dining plans can be used when mobile ordering. Disney advises that guests using discount, dining plan, or who have special dietary requests should place their order with a cashier.
Disney also says additional fast-casual and quick-service restaurants will begin to offer Mobile Order later this year. So are you excited for this breakthrough and this delicious Pandora food?