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A look inside Disney's Expedition Everest

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Published: February 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Several folks have pointed my attention to this fun piece in Popular Mechanics, where a writer from the magazine gets to walk the track at Expedition Everest with a Disney Imagineer, who shares a few anecdotes about the construction and operation of the Disney's Animal Kingdom roller coaster.

Unfortunately, the writer completely ignores the controversy surrounding the disfunctional Yeti, but there's some good stuff in the piece nevertheless.

Thoughts?

Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on February 3, 2010 at 9:50 AM
That's great that PM was able to see the interior, but they didn't provide anything new. We knew about the three separate structures supporting the ride, housing, and Yeti. We knew the ride structure was dynamic, while the housing was static. We knew about the silent anti-rollback device.

Decent article, but it had no new insight into the attraction.

From 92.233.175.21 on February 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM
Good article, although really should have talked about the Yeti more. When the ride opened the Yeti was billed as the main feature, now its hardly ever mentioned. Wish he'd been allowed photos too, loved the ones of Space Mountains' insides.

Wonder if theres a basketball court in there, like in the Matterhorn..? :)

From James Rao on February 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM
The video is definitely worth a gander, especially if you have never had the privilege of seeing the Yeti Lunge in A-mode operation.

I hope WDI fixes the big fella soon...

From 76.26.184.25 on February 3, 2010 at 7:17 PM
I have been on that ride almost a hundred times and I have never seen those Yeti prints during the ride! Does anyone know of their general location?
From 166.214.136.222 on February 4, 2010 at 5:49 AM
The video has been down each time I have checked. Was it better than the article? I guess reading and hearing so much already about this ride the article did not seem that revealing so I was figuring maybe their was something great in the video. I would be interested in seeing the inside of that mountain. It would be interesting to what the inside looks like where the ride is dark. I am also interested in how they run more than two coasters on the track with having such a complicated track layout.
From Brandon Mendoza on February 4, 2010 at 8:31 AM
I liked the article, but I can see that Disney is still being secretive about the way things work. I've never been on the ride, and I didn't know about the silent lift, so some of those things were new to me.

I think the "broken" Yeti is probably a request by Disney not to admit that something's wrong. It may cost too much to repair... isn't there some sort of problem with getting him out of there to repair?

I don't think there's a basketball court in there... just a snowboarding halfpipe for the Yeti on his breaks.

From James Rao on February 4, 2010 at 4:57 PM
The yeti is not broken, he is detaching from the platform upon which he stands. So instead of a moving animatronic there are flashing lights that are supposed to simulate movement. Apparently the work to fix the platform is significant enough that major downtime is required. And with so few ride attractions at DAK already, Disney is reluctant to close their main headliner for any length of time.
From 64.12.116.74 on February 5, 2010 at 11:13 AM
They should go ahead and put another E-ticket ride in at Animal Kingdom to keep the customers coming while they have down time on Everest to fix the Yeti. I would not want to go to AK knowing Everest was down, so they need to ahead and give us something else first. What ride could go into Animal Kingdom that would be a big enough deal to distract people from Everest being closed for refurbishment?

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