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At 200 feet, Expedition Everest is the highest “mountain” in Walt Disney World. Your expedition begins inside a Tibetan-style stone structure at the base of Mt. Everest, where you'll pass the booking office of Himalayan Escapes – Tours and Expeditions. The queue winds through an old tea warehouse that has been converted into a museum showcasing Nepalese culture, history of the Himalayas and the mystery of the Yeti. From there, you’ll board one of the old and beaten-down Anandapur Rail Service cars headed for Mt. Everest. Your train will take you on a ride through the safe, rolling hills, before taking you inside the dangerous mountain. Get ready and hold on tight, because soon enough you'll encounter a broken track that leads to nowhere-- where will the train go next? Beware of the snarling beast that watches over his domain…the Yeti!
Ride Expedition Everest early in the morning or the hour before the park closes for short wait times. Don’t be discouraged if the stand-by line is 30 minutes; the queue is very engaging and will help the time go fast.
Expedition Everest also has a Single Rider line if you don’t mind having your group split apart and cutting your time in line to about 5 minutes.
The thrill of reaching the end of the track then zooming backwards makes us want to get right back in line and go again. We think 30 minutes in the stand-by line is time well spent. The Yeti Museum is impressive to say the least.
Expedition Everest is located in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The duration of this roller coaster is 3 ½ minutes. Expedition Everest is considered a thrill ride and reaches speeds up to 50 mph; we would categorize it somewhere between Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Each ride vehicle seats two guests and has a lap bar restraint. Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the ride vehicle.
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The props used to give the attraction its authentic eastern flair include over 2,000 handcrafted wood, stone and metal items from Asia. Expedition Everest covers a whopping 6.4 acres of land.
The pre-show area of Expedition Everest begins in a remote village at the base of Mt. Everest, and then winds through a travel agency and a trading post packed with supplies. Continue through to The Yeti Museum (Prof. Pema Dorje, PhD, curator) and explore the artifacts that trace the tale of the Yeti and the animals that inhabit the Himalayas.
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