Flight of Passage and lighting- need info for epileptic


DIS Veteran
Jun 12, 2005
So we’re going in June 2020 and have not been since FOP started. DD has seizures and a friend told me there was a part of the ride with heavy flashes going on. Our daughter has learned to close her eyes and put her head down and does very well. Whenever we can we learn where and when this happens and we prepare for it and she does great. Anyone have 1st hand experience on when or know a landmark on the ride that would warn her and she could just close eyes? Know how long that part lasts?

Thanks for any help, YO


DIS Veteran
Jan 10, 2017
It’s right at the beginning before the film starts. Maybe find a YouTube video (without watching once the film starts if you don’t want to be spoiled) so you get an idea for when exactly it comes?

Grumpy by Birth

“I AM smiling.”
May 27, 2017
Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the flashes occur again at the end? They represent the transition into and out of your avatar via the link.
  • Mome Rath

    3 Decade Disney Traveler
    Mar 13, 2014
    Yes, intense flashes at the beginning and end. I too would recommend watching a youtube clip. To be safe I would probably shut my eyes and tuck my head down after getting on the ride vehicle and the restraints click in, and then at the end, you will know when you "land," do the same then. If I remember right, there are small flashes on the console right in front of you at the beginning while you are waiting for the ride to really start.

    SueM in MN

    combining the teacups with a roller coaster
    Aug 23, 1999
    Avatar right of passage

    Preshow 1 - may have a ‘scan’ with red lights - kind of a pulsating. Second scan to match with an Avatar doesn’t have any bright lights

    Preshow 2 - no bright or flashing lights

    Show area while waiting for all riders to get seated - blue slow pulsating lights at foot level and some small flashes on the panel and screen in front of you. Flashes are random.

    Just before take off , room completely dark, bright random flashes change to black with single random blinking lights. Transforms to a sequence like ‘jump to light speed’ then light tunnel effect. Whole sequence probably 10-20 sec.

    During ride, tiny blinking lights in cave

    Ending ride - reverse of same sequence as beginning, but much shorter


    DIS Veteran
    Jun 12, 2005
    DGsAtBLT & Grumpy by Birth & Sue,
    Thank you all so much for your thorough information about Avatar and for the link. I’ve seen it before but it is good info to look at and refresh my memory.
    Have a great day.

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