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 Animal Kingdom. 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 that legend comes dramatically to life in a new 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 midcourse allows the 34-passenger trains to reverse directions so they may travel both forwards and backwards during the course of the ride.
|2006||Steel||Freeform Mine Train||Vekoma|
|Height: 112 feet||Drop: 80 feet|
|Top Speed: 50 mph||Length: 4,424 feet|
|Trains: 6 - 34 passenger||Ride Time: 2 minutes, 48 seconds|
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
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