Posted Tuesday, March 28, 2006 1:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff
In Nepalese lore, the mysterious yeti is thought to protect the pristine east Asian mountains and forests. At Walt Disney World's new Expedition Everest attraction, it's a howling animatronic beast - and the center of the theme park giant's first big-ticket attraction here in two and a half years. The new ride opens April 7.
The theming on the ride is incredible, and the ride itself is pretty good. ALl together, its an extremly solid attraction that Disney should be proud of. Its the one ride where I like waiting in line for because the que line is jsut that well done.
It definatly will bring many people throught the gates. From my experience from July of last year and March of this year I've noticed a large increace in guest. Animal Kingdom appears to be a cool park, but personaly I have never been outside of Asia and Dinoland USA to ride the coasters.
Not sure if this is what Jeff is talking about or not, but I just rode Revenge of the Mummy last week and the only thing I could figure out was that the mummified character (Brendan Fraser? I skipped the main line to use the singles line so I missed the pre-show) resets rather quickly. You're still riding past him and then he just shuts off after the Mummy speaks. Maybe it's something else, but that's my guess. Jurassic Park River Adventure at IOA has the same thing happen with the first dinosaur that pops up.
On topic, Everest totally rocked, even in soft open mode. The Yeti is truly one of the greatest animatronics characters you'll ever see, even if it is for only a few seconds. With this and Soarin' at Epcot (which had a 120+ minute standby line), WDW has got some hot attractions on their hands.