If you’re like me, than you love thrill rides. Coasters are the top of the heap and typically for me, the more extreme the better. You might think that its rather strange that I love thrill rides, with Disney World being my favorite theme park. I have to admit it does seem a little weird, but then as we all know, Disney just does everything better than everyone else. I will admit that I would love to see a fifth park in Disney World with nothing but thrill rides (SIGH! Cross your fingers here fellow enthusiasts!), but in the meantime I’ll get my kicks on the best that Disney has to offer for those of us who prefer a little adrenaline in our ride experiences.
My two favorite thrill rides in Disney World are Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the Disney Hollywood Studios and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. My mission today is to tell you a little about Expedition Everest and why you might even decide to ride it even if you typically shy away from rides like this.
My love affair with Expedition Everest began long before it opened. This first picture was taken in 2003 and shows the mountain beginning to take shape from far across the park. It would be an understatement to say that I just couldn’t wait until the attraction opened!
Number one reason why I think everyone should ride this attraction at least once is the amazing queue and fantastic theming throughout the entire attraction.
Second reason, is IF you are a roller coaster fanatic like I am, and travel with someone who is not, this ride has a separate single rider queue. I know, I know, I just told you that you have to see the full queue and you do….. at least once. However, one day I rode Expedition Everest 15 times in a row, and I sure didn’t do that in the main or fastpass queue!!
And the third and final reason is that you might find out the ride is not quite as scary as you thought it was. Disclaimer here…. remember I write for an adult audience. You’ll have to make your own judgment if the ride is too scary for your kids.
But for those of you brave enough to try, all the pictures in this article from inside the ride were taken by me while I was riding. Let me just say that I’m your average point and snap kind of photographer, so if I can take pictures through this entire ride, just how scary can it be?
Here’s a teaser with some of the queue. I don’t want to give it all away, but believe me it is truly amazing. Every detail has been well thought out and everything just adds to the anticipation of boarding your vehicle on your quest to find the Yeti.
The ride starts pretty slowly though you take a long ride up, up, up to the top of the mountain. You’ve seen evidence that the Yeti might actually exist, and then, up ahead is an ominous sign.
Things get a bit crazy from here with a surprise or two in store. Will you come in contact with the Yeti? Will you make it out alive?
Okay, I’ll fess up here….. everyone does survive this ride. Do you have the courage to try?
Thanks for reading!!
Jo Scholl is proud mom to three wonderful grown children, one of whom is my fellow WDW Fan Zone columnist Shelley. Oh, and I’m also mom to a small black dog named Mickey Mouse!Share