Update: As of 16 hours ago, Orlando Theme Park Zone reader Collin Unruh confirmed that the animatronic has returned and is operating as usual.
Original Article: It’s fair to say that Na’vi River Journey is one of the most popular attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Located in Pandora : The World of Avatar, this dark ride takes guests on a whimsical journey through the world of Pandora.
One of the most anticipated parts of the attraction is when guests come face to face with Na’vi, Shaman of Songs, pictured below:
However, it would appear that the huge animatronic has now been removed from the attraction and yet again replaced with a video screen. This is proven in the video below, courtesy of Instagram user @disneymom2.0:
According to comments on the above video’s Instagram post, the Na’vi animatronic was sitting in her rightful position the day before.
Cast Members aren’t sure why the animatronic has been taken away, Inside The Magic reports.
This particular scenario has happened in previous years when an animatronic needs maintenance, which is why the screen was installed in the first place.
It’s not uncommon for advanced animatronics to need maintenance from time to time, though we’re not sure why this particular one needed to be removed.
Furthermore, we cannot confirm when it will be returning to its normal place in Na’vi River Journey but this happens quite regularly, just a heads up for new visitors who were looking forward to seeing Big Toe “in person”.
Stay tuned to Orlando Theme Park Zone for further updates
H/T Inside the Magic