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Expedition Everest reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Expedition Everest, a roller coaster in Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom. (The minimum height to ride is 44 inches.)

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Posted: March 17, 2014

Expedition Everest is a high-speed roller coaster through Disney's version of the Himalayan mountains. Needless to say, something goes “terribly wrong” on your scheduled peaceful mountain tour, and your train will reach a max speed of 50 mph, moving forwards — and backwards — while being pursued by the fierce guardian of the mountain, the Yeti (aka, "the abominable snowman").

Expedition Everest uses a track from coaster manufacturer Vekoma. Its trains carry 34 passengers and are designed to look like old steam-engine tea trains, with the mock engine in the rear of the coaster. Expedition Everest has no inversions and uses a simple lap bar system to keep its riders in place. The train seats two people per row, but each guest has his or her own lap bar to ensure a snug fit.

At one time, the massive Yeti animatronic inside the mountain would swing its huge arm at your passing train, making for one of the most impressive practical effects in any Disney theme park. But the Yeti has been broken for years, leading Disney's Imagineers to create an illusion of movement through the use of strobe lighting on the Yeti figure. That's prompted some disillusioned fans to rename the beast "Disco Yeti." Still, the ride remains a favorite, even if its star no longer actually attacks you.

Readers' rating:

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164 votes, so far

It's a family coaster meant for wild but mild thrills. Love the theming and ride itself but they NEED to fix the yeti. 9/10 - Owen Scott

A fun twist on the Matterhorn experience. I enjoyed the backward trip as well as the animation on the walls. - Jeff Krinock

It's a ak classic. Must ride even if the line is long. Get your fast pass in the early in the morning or go during a hurricane (like me). 10/10 - Jaiden Cohen

Still a massive personal favourite of mine. It is just different to other coasters. Twists and changes in direction makes this a lot more fun than the standard 'upside down' coasters out there. Always go on this at least twice when out there on holiday - James McGee

This was a so/so ride experience for me. As a thrill seeker, this coaster did not have enough thrills. As an attraction, it was a bit boring and did not include strong story elements. I think it is not realistic to base my score of this ride on an element that is no longer there. 4/10. - Nick McKaig

A mediocre coaster trough and around an almost empty mountain with a broken headliner. This is money not well spent in a park that screams for well themed family rides. This is not one of them. - O T

Still rate this attraction very high, even without the working yeti. It's original, it's beautiful, it's fun, it's thrilling. It is close to perfection. - Bryce McGibeny

Probably the best roller coaster Disney has to offer. - Stephen Wallace

I moved slower than the line in this queue because I was fascinated looking at all the objects and stories that had been perfectly placed. The lift hill on the ride made you feel like your train was floating along with nothing underneath it. The ride itself was a very different experience with the track switching, and I actually got a bit of a thrill on the drop! (something I do not have for any other Disney rides). One thing that knocked this ride down a point was the seat was rather hard for something going forwards and backwards, riders are going to get jostled around a bit and need a bit of padding. (9/10) - Lexi R

The only reason this isn't a 10 is because the Yeti isn't working. - Jacob Sundstrom

Fantastic as a coaster and a queue. I agree with others, keeping it away from perfection without the Yeti animatronic working. They've since removed it, but I still remember when all aspects of the ride functioned properly, from the steam coming from the trains to the giant animatronic. It is still one of the great Disney coasters, but that failure keeps it from perfection. - Jeffrey Rickel

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