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Expedition Everest

Disney's Animal Kingdom

This is the largest and most expensive attraction ever built at a Walt Disney World theme park. Designed to be a miniature version of Mount Everest, the mountain this roller coaster ride is built on and within is nearly 200-feet tall and occupies a 6.2-acre site in the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.

The story for the attraction is based on a legend that claims that high in the Himalayan Mountains lives an enormous creature that fiercely guards the route to Mount Everest. Now the legend comes dramatically to life in a high-speed train adventure that combines coaster-like thrills with the excitement of a close encounter of the hairy kind. You can discover for yourself the fearsome legend of the yeti.

Expedition Everest is a freeform mine train roller coaster that reaches a top speed of 50 mph and plummets down an 80-foot drop from the summit. A unique switch track mid-course allows the 34-passenger trains to reverse direction, so they may travel both forwards and backwards during the course of the ride.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
2006 Steel Freeform Mine Train Vekoma

Roller Coaster Stats

Drop: 80 feet Height: 112 feet
Length: 4,424 feet Trains: 6 - 34 passenger
Ride Time: 2 minutes, 48 seconds Top Speed: 50 mph

Expedition Everest Facts

Features: Two switch-tracks change the direction of travel allowing the train to travel backwards.

Opening date: April 7, 2006

Estimated cost: $100 million

Train has nine cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row, except the last car which has only one row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 44 inches tall

Where to Coast

Visit Disney's Animal Kingdom to ride this attraction.

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