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Expedition Everest

A roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort.

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Feb 23, 2010
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It doesn't look that scary but you've got to have a good heart to go on this one! My heart was pumping harder than when I was on Space M!
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review by . February 23, 2010
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Disney World's newest roller coaster, Expedition Everest, is considered by many to be its best.      Expedition Everest certainly gives Disney's Animal Kingdom the signature E-Ticket attraction that it was lacking.      The Experience   The ride vehicle is designed to allow the guest to "believe" that they are traveling through the mountains on an old train.      You get a great view of what is to come when you make …
Quick Tip by . September 10, 2010
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I got the chance to ride Expedition Everest during its final testing days. I have to get back there and see the completed project!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is an elaborately themed roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort.

Expedition Everest is often compared to the 1959 Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster at Disneyland, which also features a snowy mountain setting and an "abominable snowman" figure throughout the ride. Expedition Everest is the tallest of the artificial mountains at Walt Disney World Resort, joining Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mount Gushmore, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Mount Mayday on the list of Disney-built peaks. According to Imagineering, it is Disney's 18th mountain-themed attraction.

If the Expedition Everest mountain were real, it would be ranked fourth on the list of the highest summits in Florida at 320 feet (98 m) above sea level. Although moderate in height and length by contemporary roller coaster standards, Expedition Everest is unique for having its trains travel forward and backward as a result of the yeti's interference with the journey. This is accomplished through two sets of rotating track segments on pivot before and after the backwards segment. In its publicity material, Disney pointedly has described the attraction as a family thrill ride.

The artificial mountain is not a reproduction of Mount Everest; it is the fictional "forbidden mountain" guarded by the yeti in the attraction story created by Walt Disney Imagineering. Everest is represented by the barren ...
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