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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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Tackling Expedition Everest At Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Feb 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 your grand ascent.

Expedition Everest
You are also reminded, and warned, that this is sacred Yeti territory. Coming here is not recommended by the locals who know to fear the yeti.

Sacred Yeti Idols on Expedition Everest

At the ride's highest point you come to a complete stop. Apparently the Yeti has ripped out the track, so you will not be able to go any further.
Top of the Mountain on Expedition Everest

After a significant pause at the top, you start going backwards down the mountain through darkened tunnels.

This is probably the most thrilling part of the ride and you will swear that you go upside down during the high speeds turns, but you do not.

Shadow of the Yeti on Expedition Everest
The train comes under control and stops somewhere deep inside the mountain.   You will see the shadow of the Yeti. Then it is time to race forwards down the rest of the mountain.

Almost at the end you will get to see the infamous Yeti and he is not too happy to see you.


Conclusion
This is a truly thrilling attraction that is incredibly themed. It will not rank as the fastest, most thrilling roller coaster in the country, but it will rank for a great ride experience.
 
The Disney Imagineers hit a home run with their detailed storytelling and exciting ride experience.
This is certainly an attraction that you will want to ride again and again.

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September 06, 2011
I rode this during its test phases, and it quickly became my favorite ride at Disney World.
 
February 23, 2010
Ooooh, I love roller coasters!  Thanks for the photos, kind of makes me feel like I've been there :P

By the way, if you look to the right of the page, you'll noticed that I added some information to the wiki so that users will know more about what you're writing about.  I also added a couple broad tags -- "disney" and "travel" so that any reviews written about this topic will be archived in the site's Disney and travel archives.  For future reference, you can edit those yourself by clicking on the little yellow pencil symbol.  Let me know if you have any questions! :)
 
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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!
Quick Tip by . February 23, 2010
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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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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