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
|Freeform Mine Train
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
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