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Expedition Everest

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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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.

See related: Expedition Everest Pictures

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
2006 Steel Freeform Mine Train Vekoma
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 48 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    6 - 34 passenger

Expedition Everest Facts & History

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

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