Expedition Everest hopes to draw families to Animal Kingdom

Posted Monday, February 20, 2006 9:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff

At Walt Disney World's new Expedition Everest attraction, it's a howling animatronic beast with more potential thrust power than a 747 jet -- and the center of the theme park giant's first big-ticket attraction here in 21/2 years. The ride is expected to open April 7.

Read more from AP via the Sun-Sentinel.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 2:06 AM
Anyone have any idea how often they've been opening this thing for the "soft testing" they have been doing? I'm going the first week of March and would be thrilled if I had a chance to get on this one.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 11:55 AM
I know it was opened last week as the DJ's from a local radio station broadcast from WDW all week and they rode it. One is totally petrified of coasters, but she loved it and said she'd ride it over and over. Apparently the "broken track" section is pretty awesome from the front.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 1:28 PM
March 25 is pretty close to April 7, right?
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 5:55 PM
As far as I know, the ride is permanently open to the public... they are advertising it all over Orlando as if the ride is open, and all the billboards say nothing about it opening in April - and everyone I know who has gone there recently has been able to ride it.... so I'm pretty sure it's open unless anyone else has been there when it has been closed recently?
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 9:18 PM
But didn't Mummy close as it got closer to the public opening?
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 9:34 PM
How are the lines right now? How many trains does it run
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:48 PM
I can't speak for EE at all, but Mummy went thru a LOT of tweaking over the last few months leading up to Grand Opening...
Saturday, February 25, 2006 9:55 PM
My wife & I rode this coaster on 2/15. It is fantastic. We were in the first car for our first ride & loved it. Our next trip we rode in the back to watch everyone's reactions. This is an incrediably smooth ride. It's a winner! We got the impression that it's "unofficially" open all the time.

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