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.