Hey guys and gals, it's time for another update in the land of Animal Kingdom! Sorry about the past incident in the other Everest thread, the whole Mole family is packing up and moving far way from our little Richmond house to Philly, so I've been under some stress, and I should appologize to everyone.
First, the exterior rock work is finnishing up on the bottom 3/4 of the mountain, and the large free standing rock/village that the car goes through is finnishing up with the rockwork. Painting is happening/will happen, and some snow can already be seen on the mountain. Pics at http://www.mkt3000.com/pics/disney_7-7-05.
Thridly, Fastpass and the que line are finnishing up and looking very nice. And fourthly, as many will notice in these pics, there are poles sticking up about 30 feet into the air around the huge helix infront of the mountain. These will become "telephone" poles that will act as a sort of fence for bamboo that will be planted next to the helix. When the train goes down the helix, it will disappear into the bamboo and mist. Cool, eh?
In theory those test clearance things work but I know of at least two coasters that did a pull through with those things and they didn't detect any sections where riders could touch anything. Once the coasters finally opened it was found out that riders could touch supports with little to no effort so supports were modified.
The pictures look cool. I doubt I make the trip to AK just to check it out but it does look fun.