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Sneak Peek at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora: The World of Avatar

Disney keeps giving us hints of what to expect when Pandora opens in May.  Next up, the Satu’li Canteen, a fast-casual restaurant where the focus is on healthy proteins,  good grains, and vegetables, with an “on stage” grill as a focal point.  This isn’t your usual quick-service location. Instead, expect slightly more exotic fare. From the Disney Parks Blog:

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.

The menu also offers steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and 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).

Everything on Disney property has a story (even the shops!) and this restaurant is no exception:

The Satu’li Canteen was once the main mess hall of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) base located in the Valley of Mo’ara. Now the canteen is owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a beautiful museum-like dining room.

This is the first restaurant on property where you can use the “Mobile Order” option in your  MyDisneyExperience app. You’ll order and pay (right now, it’s credit cards only) and when you arrive at the restaurant, you’ll tap the “I’m here” button in the app and it will alert the restaurant to start preparing your meal. Easy peasy! I like it.

While  the entire menu has not been released yet,  Satu’li Canteen looks like a great option for adventurous eaters and those who want healthier options in the parks. I’ll be checking it out as soon as they let me in! Who’s with me?

Just a quick FYI: If you’re not using the “Mobile Order” option, you can use your quick-service dining plan credits. 

Pandora: World of Avatar to Open May 27

Have you been to Tiffins, Disney’s newest signature restaurant, in Animal Kingdom? If you have, you got a little (very limited) peek into the World of Avatar right outside the terrace area.  Well, if you’re visiting this summer, you’ll get to see the  entire, glorious thing: Pandora opens May 27:

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee.

Guests will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting and are ready to go: I just made a reservation for that night! I’ll have tons of pictures and details later, so stay tuned and if you’re planning on going too, let me know in the comments section.

Photo and quoted text courtesy of Disney Parks Blog