In recent history, thrill seekers at Walt Disney World have probably not been more excited than when Expedition Everest opened in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom. Their anticipation for the arrival of the roller coaster met with satisfaction for many as they first experienced the ride when it had its grand opening on April 7, 2006.
Several years later, the ride still satisfies most seeking some additional excitement in the Animal Kingdom. In fact, the ride is so popular that it is not uncommon for all of the FASTPASSES for the roller-coaster for the day to be claimed by late morning.
As previouly mentioned, Expedition Everest opened in 2006. The state of the art roller coaster is believed to be the most expensive roller coaster ever created with total costs estimated at $100 million.
The ride starts off with guests entering a themed queue area. In this queue, riders are led to believe that they are about to board a passenger train which will take them through the Himalayas on the way to the base of Mount Everest. Of course, what they are led to believe only reinforces the excitement when things “do not go as planned.”
After boarding the train, it begins a slow climb up before reaching a small drop. From there, a much larger climb is undertaken and guests see warnings that this is Yeti territory. A few fast paced seconds later, the train stops in front of track that appears to be ripped up and bent.
Unable to proceed, the train starts a fast paced trip backwards through a dark tunnel before it stops again. Here, a glimpse of the Yeti is seen as his “shadow” depicts him ripping up yet more train track.
Now, heading forward once again, the train speeds through the mountain before coming face to face with the Yeti where it used to swing in an attempt to stop the train. Unfortunately, owing to some safety issues, the Yeti now remains mostly stationary with strobing effects added to simulate movement.
Even with the stationary Yeti, Expedition Everest is an exciting attraction worthy of the mountain it is named after.
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