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.)
Written by Robert Niles
Expedition Everest is a high-speed roller coaster through Disney's version of the Himalayan mountains. It's a Vekoma coaster with trains that carry 34 passengers and are designed to look like old steam-engine tea trains, with the mock engine in the rear of the coaster. From base to peak, guests will reach a max speed of 50 mph, moving forwards--and backwards.
Needless to say, something goes wrong on your mountain tour as the train careens across the mountain, forcing you to confront the fierce guardian of the mountain, the Yeti.
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
I have to say I enjoyed the details prior to the ride. I mean honestly, you wait all that time to ride the roller coaster and barely see the yeti because it went too fast and it was too dark. Now if this was my mother's review haha she was say it was awesome (I thought she was having a heart-attack because she was screaming so bad). - Meg T.
Amazing queue! Great thrills! Consistent theme! Perfec-wait...what about that yeti?!?! 9/10. - David L.
If they would fix the Yeti this ride would get a 10 but until that time itll be a 9. Going backwards is so awesome. I didnt expect it to be soo fast! The drop is very thrilling and fun, and the queue set the stage for the encounter with the yeti. Cant miss this one at Animal Kingdom. - Justin Knight
Very fun Roller Coaster. Unique theming to the queue and a very funny ride experience over all. It goes so fast when you go backwards. A definate cant miss. - Justin Knight
The only reason that makes the AK thrilling. The ride is fun, fast but really short. After preparing your climb to the mountain. I clocked the good part at 2:34. During that time you are sitting still for about half that time, one at the top and one in the cave. The yeti was pathetic. 5/10. I did see lots of people keep on returning to the ride because its the only 'dropping' coaster in the park. - B Higgins
Expedition Everest, one of the best things to at AK, great theme, not to intense, just pure fun. don't miss it! - David Shaul
Great theming in the queue. The ride is good but not great. The lack of a working Yeti really hurts the story and ride thrill. - Rob Pastor
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