Avatar, the story of an all-American hunk who infiltrates a tribe of lanky blue aliens and saves them from extinction all while romancing the chieftain’s daughter, is becoming a new theme land at Walt Disney World. And, as is the case with most major Disney attractions, Pandora: World of Avatar will have a corresponding theme restaurant. It’s called Satu'li Canteen.
James Cameron’s blockbuster film doesn’t have a whole lot of food in it — most of the screen time is dedicated to action and romance — but the Disney team has taken the liberty of establishing what the Na’vi might serve at a restaurant. After taking a look at the menu, it’s clear that they eat health fare with South American and Asian touches, plus some American junk food, which they might just cook to appease the soldiers who swooped in to save the day. The menu has a “sustainable fish bowl,” “cheeseburger steamed pods,” and a “slow roasted sliced grilled beef bowl.”
Judging by some photos released by the Disney Parks Blog today, it also looks like the Na’vi have a penchant for late ’80s/early ’90s haute cuisine desserts:
When they’re not fighting to save that giant tree, the Na’vi also like knocking back a few cold ones. Guests of the park will be able to enjoy a handful of brightly-colored Pandora-themed refreshments at a drink stand called Pongu Pongu, which means “party party” in Na’vi. The website notes that options will include a “bioluminescent frozen cocktail” and “indigenous beers.”
Pandora: World of Avatar and its restaurant and bar will open as part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
• Inspiration for Delectable Desserts at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora [Disney Parks Blog]
• The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World [E]