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Expedition Everest - The Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

 

Expedition Everest is Disney's newest roller coaster and thrill ride. This one is special. Not only do you hurtle down the track at break-neck speeds, you hurdle backward down that same track. Wild.

 

 

 

Disney has outdone themselves with the themeing in this ride. Notice how the mountain even has blueish snow (the color of glaciers).

 

The story behind the ride is that you are visiting the "Forbidden Mountain" for an adventure brought to you by the "Himalayan Escapes Tour Company". You are loaded on steam powered trains for a ride up the mountain. Things get a little dicey on your ride.

Expedition Everest - The Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Expedtion EverestPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

The Preshow

Disney has great preshows and this one is as good as it gets. As you wait in line you get to walk through a museum dedicated to the Yeti. (This is one ride where if you use a FastPass, you might miss some really nice stuff.)

 

The line is all part of the ride. You start your journey in the office of a local travel agency named "The Himalayan Escapes Tour Company". As you wind through the line you learn about the animals that inhabit the Himalayas. You also enter a shrine dedicated to the story of the Yeti.

 

You will also see signs leading you to the Anadapur Rail Service for a rail trip on a railroad that was formerly used to tranport tea. You are then loaded into 34 seat rail cars and off you go ...

 

 

Destinations to Travel Logo - Perfect

The Climb

The climb up Expedition EverestPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

The Attraction

The Expedition Everest train lurches out of the station and the "fun" begins. You roll through thick forests of bamboo and into a fortress. The music you hear signals there is danger ahead. More signs of danger are seen in the totems and murals of the Yeti. (Be afraid, be very afraid.)

 

Leaving the fortress you start up the mountain. Before you know it, you come to a screeching stop at a place where the track is mangled. Then the Yeti shows up and you start fallling backward. Yes, backward. You plunge backwards down the mountain. It's like Space Mountain, only in reverse. Dark and fast.

 

The rest of the ride is a combination of indoor and outdoor thrills and spills.

Something bad is about to happen

the broken track on Expedition EverestPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

The Postshow

The show continues somewhat as you are dumped into the gift shop. The area around Expedition Everest feels like a village in a far away place.

The colors at night

Expedition Everest at nightPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits -

  • The track is 4424 ft long.
  • The mountain is exactly 199.5 feet tall. (Anything 200 feet or taller has to have a red light on it.)

Look for the Yeti

The Yeti on Expedition EverestPhoto by Mike Billick

History

This attraction opened April 7, 2006.

Love the themeing

The Expedtion Everest signPhoto by WDWOW

Dad's Ride Information Table

Expedition Everest
The Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Description: Ride a train through Mt. Everest
Height Requirement - 44 inches Fastpass:YES Length of Ride: about 4 minutes
Type of ride: Roller Coaster

Dad's Ratings

Toddlers
Pre-Teens
Teens
Adults
Grandparents
- 3 4 3 3

Other Information: The darkness and intensity of the ride is too much for some small children. (And some full grown adults.)

Are You Tall Enough?

Expedition Everest is a roller coaster and all the roller coasters at WDW have height requirements. So how tall do you have to be to ride EE?

You have to be at least 44 inches tall to ride.

Dad's Disney World Height Requirements page

Dad also has a cool little tool to measure the kids as they grow and keep track of when they are tall enough to ride the rides. I call it Dad's Are You Tall Enough To Ride?...

 

Every ride at WDW is on this chart. Mount it on the wall and keep track of the kids while they grow.

 

Get Dad's Are You Tall Enough to Ride?...

It's all about the details, even at night

The details around Expedition Everest at nightPhoto by Matthew Cooper

The Fine Print

Here's some small print information

  • Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
  • Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the ride vehicle.
  • For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.
  • Expectant mothers should not ride.

Dad's Bottom Line

This is a mind-blowing ride. If you are in to thrill rides at all, you won't want to miss this ride. You will also want to make sure you take some time to experience the full ride. Take in all of the little extras that Disney has put into the line.

 

This is truly one of the best rides in all of Disney World.