Everest opens April 7 at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:30 PM
^^^ If you look real closely at the Yeti's face when you drive by... it's pretty scary, actually... it's one mean looking thing. Also, did anyone notice how in the backwards section, due to the G's, it almost felt like you were going upside down? It was kinda shocking for me. Anyway, I loved it. It's definately going to become one of those "classic" E-Tickets... thrilling or non-thrilling as it may be...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:46 PM
I don't think the intention is to scare anyone with the yeti. It is Disney afterall.

Anyway, I'm making my first excursion back to Orlando since 1999 in 2 weeks and am hoping to ride both, but if I had time for only one of the two (from what I'm hearing here), go for Mummy?

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Thursday, March 30, 2006 9:59 AM
Personally, I'd go with Everest... to me it seemed like the more I rode it the more I liked it. It's just plain fun....
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Thursday, March 30, 2006 6:21 PM
This is AWESOME news. I'll be going to Disney on my band trip April 6th, so I'll be going to Animal Kingdom first thing friday morning.
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Thursday, March 30, 2006 6:45 PM
SFoGswim's avatar Well, my vote is of course for Mummy. Everest might be bigger, but bigger is not always better.
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Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:16 PM
WildStangAlex's avatar I would have to side with Everest. Everything about the ride is unbelievable. What really makes it a gem is that it looks like a real mountain from across the park, and it is based on real expoeditions ( with the help of a "Disney" Yeti). We were definitely impressed!
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Sunday, March 28, 2021 11:31 AM

Waking up an old thread.

After all these years, Everest is still one of my favorite attractions at WDW.

Yeah, since Everest, there have been multiple a-list attractions developed over the years, but every time I ride Everest I realize what a great ride it is. It was one of the first "swing for the fences" attractions developed at the start of the WDW building and expansion spree.

And now that FP is suspended, the line moves really quickly.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021 12:42 PM

In addition to being a genuinely fun ride, it's also a masterclass in running a coaster with the max number of trains without stacking. In the time it takes a Cedar Point crew to get to "Ready Ready", the entire fleet of Everest trains has dispatched and cycled back around.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

The capacity is remarkable. I think the interval is 52 seconds which means ~2500pph. And that's not totally theoretical. That happens fairly often, from what I can tell. There's sort of a dumbish YouTube video by ElToroRyan of an hour of Everest's trains cycling correctly. It's interesting to watch.

That said, I love the ride for everything it is, but it's probably on the edge of my top 10 attractions. Before even considering shows, RnRC, ToT, Soarin', TSMM, and Star Tours are all easily ahead and I think FoP, Splash, Space, and Slinky are neck and neck with Everest.


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Sunday, March 28, 2021 10:55 PM
99er's avatar

I'm glad this is an old thread because when I saw the title I thought "Man. I know I don't pay close attention to anything outside of my projects but even I should have known Everest was closed."...lol


-Chris

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