Expedition Everest | Disney World

Last Updated on: January 21st, 2024

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park’s Expedition Everest ride including ride history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!

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What is Expedition Everest?

Expedition Everest (Disney World)

Expedition Everest is a thrilling roller coaster and one of the most popular attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. The ride is located in the Asia section of the park and takes guests on an exciting journey through the mysterious Himalayan mountains.

The storyline of Expedition Everest revolves around an expedition to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Guests board a train called the “Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain” to embark on their adventure. The ride begins as a serene and scenic train journey, passing through lush forests and ancient ruins.

As the train continues its ascent, riders start to notice signs of danger, including torn tracks and a warning from the Yeti, a mythical creature said to inhabit the mountain. Suddenly, the train encounters a broken track ahead, forcing it to go backward at high speed in a thrilling reverse drop.

The ride then takes guests on a fast-paced, high-speed adventure through twists, turns, and thrilling drops, as they encounter the formidable Yeti in its lair. The animatronic Yeti is one of the most impressive and realistic figures in any Disney attraction, adding to the excitement and immersion of the experience.

Expedition Everest is renowned for its theming and attention to detail, immersing guests in the mystical and dangerous world of the Himalayas. The combination of storytelling, exhilarating coaster elements, and stunning scenery makes it a favorite among thrill-seekers and Disney fans alike.

Expedition Everest Fun Facts

  • Expedition Everest was the most expensive roller coaster in the world when it was built.
  • This is the tallest of all the Disney World ‘mountain’ rides.
  • The height of Expedition Everest is 199.5 ft and its biggest drop is 80 ft.
  • Disney kept the mountain just under 200 ft tall to avoid having to place a blinking red beacon on it for planes.
  • The ride travels 50 mph at peak (10 mph slower than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster).
  • The ride vehicles hold 34 people per train.
  • The yeti is the largest audio-animatronic ever built by Disney.
  • The yeti hasn’t worked properly since 2006.

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