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||Excellently themed runaway roller coaster attraction.
Expedition Everest is the most recent roller-coaster styled ride to be built at the Disney Animal Kingdom park, bringing Disney's slant to the legend of the Yeti, living high in the Himalayas and "quarding" the route to Mount Everest.
Themed around a 199-foot tall replica of Mount Everest, towering above the small village of Serka Zong, the roller-coaster ride twists within and around the mountain, racing around hairpin turns and down icy mountain slopes, with the ever present Yeti just around the corner to surprise unwitting travellers.
The attraction was originally announced back oin April 2003, and received its grand opening on 7th April 2006, presided over by Bob Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
The ride features runaway trains from the Anandapur Rail Service, which depart from the mythical village of Serka Zong. Serka Zong consists of a number of buildings including a themed hotel, internet cafe and supply store (Serka Zong Bazaar), an old tea warehouse now housing an elaborate museum, and an ornamental monestary.
The ride, which seats a total of 34 passengers in 17 rows of 2, travels in both directions, but unlike the Aerosmith coaster, it doesn't feature any inverted loops or rolls. Each seat on the ride features its own lap-bar, smimilar tot he one used on the Big Thunder Mountain railroad.
The ride features almost a mile of steel track, with a main drop of 80-feet in total.
Overall the new ride occupies almost 6.2 acres of the Asia portion of the Animal Kingdom park, between the Kali River Rapids and Tarzan Rocks, and is the 18th mountain attraction to be created by Walt Disney Imagineers.
The usual ride restrictions apply, with all guests planning to ride the attraction being over 44-inches tall, in good health and free from high blood pressure, back, neck, heart trouble or motion sickness. Expectant mothers are (rather obviously) also advised not to ride.
Service animals (guide dogs etc), Wheelchairs, and ECV's can not be accommodated on the ride itself, however guests in Wheelchairs or ECVs can ride the attraction, providing they are able to transfer to the ride vehicle.