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Expedition Everest storyline question

Walt Disney World: What is the purpose of the track switches and backwards portions of the ride?

From George Hunter
Posted April 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM
How do the track switches and backwards sections of "Expedition: Everest" fit into the overall story? Is the train supposed to have derailed? That's my best guess. I love the ride, but this is one thing I've never had an answer for.


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From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted April 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM
Clearly you have to retreat in reverse when you reach the destroyed section of track.

Why the switch? The obvious answer would be so that there could be a roller coaster.

One way to look at it is that sometimes the descent off a mountain cannot be the same as the ascent. I've done a few hikes where I look back at what I've climbed and thought, why did I do that? This side is easier.

From Andrew Holden
Posted April 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM
You go backwards because the Yeti has blocked your way going forwards! You are riding around a mountain and suddenly, no track. What is the logical thing if you have to get out of there faster than walking because a giant killer monkey is chasing you? You go backwards, that is until he cuts you off going that way too forcing you down the mountain and into the lair of the Yeti. But I don't think the Yeti is as fast and cunning as he is cracked up to be, 'cause somehow that old tea train gets past him every time!

From Ashleigh Noad
Posted May 1, 2011 at 6:36 AM
Personally I think the whole story has completely disintegrated and can be disregarded since Disco Yeti seems to have a permanent residence...

From Andrew Holden
Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM
I think saying the whole storyline has disintegrated due to one uncooperative yeti is a little bit of an over exaggeration. The storyline is well in tact, and you still encounter the yeti, he is just slightly less scary now! EE is still an amazing ride, it just has a "special" yeti.

From James Rao
Posted May 2, 2011 at 3:21 AM
I completely disagree, Andrew.

The Yeti animatronic is the most important plot device in the Everest storyline. He's the "big reveal" at the end, the glue that holds the whole ride together. The entire experience builds up to that quintessential moment when the riders encounter the ferociously lunging Yeti, but because he is immovable, hidden, and a shell of his former glory, the narrative resolution of the story is completely ruined.

I am saddened by the fact that my beloved Disney still has not fixed this attraction, and further saddened to hear rumors that the fix is going to be a CGI solution that will make the Yeti appear to be moving. Pathetic.

I am just glad I was able to ride EE back in 2007 when the Yeti still worked. It used to be my favorite Disney experience, now it is not even my favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom.

Expedition Everest's Yeti - Before B-Mode

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM
i have not heard about his that sucks i rode it when the yeti was scary and working

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 6, 2011 at 1:44 AM
The non-working yeti did not detract from my experience of the ride at all. You only see it for a few seconds anyway, and there's so much more to enjoy on the ride. As it is the ride is brilliant, granted it may rise to super-duper amazing with a scarier yeti, but I'm happy with brilliant. Maybe I'm just easily pleased.

As for the backwards portions fitting into the storyline, I like M. Ryan's reasoning about needing to find a different path on the descent...but also the fact that your escaping near death will make you shoot down that mountain any which way possible, even if it means scrambling down on your backside!

BTW - which part of the train feels the fastest? I've tried front, back and middle, but had a hard time making up my mind...

From James Rao
Posted May 6, 2011 at 3:27 AM
Back feels fastest.

As for the Yeti, had you ridden when he actually moved, you would know the difference, trust me. He was so prominently displayed back in those days (he's almost completely hidden now), that your time with him seemed immeasurably long.

The lunging Yeti is to Everest's storyline what frosting is to cake: one is insufficient without the other. You simply cannot produce an astonishing exclamation without the use of an exclamation point! The Yeti's final lunge as your car passed just out of his reach was Everest's exclamation point.

The current version of Expedition Everest, while still a fun ride, is a vastly diminished experience without a fully operable, lunging Yeti.

I refuse to let Disney off the hook for the current state of the Yeti. Once you have experienced Expedition Everest with an A-Mode lunging Yeti, all other modes of operation (B-Mode, Show-Mode, Crap-mode, and/or Dance Club Mode) just aren't good enough. Not for me, and definitely not for a company with the clout, money, legacy, and history of the Walt Disney Corp.

Disney Magic should never fall into this type of disrepair, and it should never be allowed to become second rate.

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