Guests who spend time in Walt Disney World love to explore and enjoy the amazing Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park aims to bring guests directly into nature and enjoy the beauty and splendor of the environment while learning about the importance of conservation and preservation. A popular area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Asia which brings guests into the fictional village of Serka Zong. There guests can enjoy one of the most popular and thrilling attractions which brings them deep into mythical mountains. Expedition Everest invites guests on an unforgettable adventure into the Forbidden Mountain where the fabled Yeti is the sacred protector. With plenty of surprises, big thrills, and beautiful views along the way, it is no wonder that the attraction is a favorite of many. While guests might think that they know all that there is to know about Expedition Everest, there are plenty of secrets and details throughout the attraction and its queue waiting to be discovered. Here are seven facts and secrets about Expedition Everest for guests to find and enjoy on their next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
1. Single Rider Line
One of the best kept secrets about Expedition Everest can be found before even boarding the attraction! Since the experience is so popular with guests, there is a FastPass line as well as a Standby Line which can have long waits thanks to the attraction’s popularity. While many guests opt for those two queue options, there is also a third which can save tons of time! Off to the right of the main queue entrance near the doorway into the Serka Zong Bazaar is a third line option that only features a small sign on the side of the building. The Single Rider Line allows guests to enjoy a ride on Expedition Everest with little to no wait time so long as they don’t mind being split up at the loading platform. The Single Rider Line is a great way to save lots of time if guests don’t have a FastPass for Expedition Everest, but it should be noted that the line does not pass through the same themed rooms along the queue as the Standby and FastPass Lines.
2. A Special Blend
Guests who opt to wait on the Standby Line for Expedition Everest pass through a series of rooms including one that is full of supplies for parties planning on scaling the massive mountain. Among the gear and food supplies is a clever blend of tea which pays homage to the protector of the mountain. Ye-Tea is sure to be a refreshing blend that climbers will love!
3. Museum Hidden Mickey
Near the end of the Standby Line is a room which is filled with photos, memorabilia, and artifacts that help to prove the existence of the Yeti. The museum is a great way for guests to pass the time while waiting on line and even features photos from a doomed expedition where the Yeti was spotted. Alongside the photos of the fateful expedition is a tea kettle which was seemingly destroyed by the Yeti. Those who look closely at the tea kettle will notice that the markings in it form a classic Hidden Mickey.
4. Royal Anandapur Tea Company
Once onboard Expedition Everest, guests will note that the attraction vehicles are themed to look like steam trains. The back story of the attraction is that the rails are owned by the Royal Anandapur Tea Company which uses the pathway to send supplies back and forth across the mountain. The first few moments of the experience are serene as the tea train makes is way through the foothills of the mountain, but things soon turn thrilling as guests find themselves climbing higher and higher.
5. Big Heights
Expedition Everest is just under two hundred feet tall, making it the tallest attraction in Walt Disney World. Imagineers purposely chose to make the attraction just under two hundred feet as the full height would have required flashing air safety lights which would ruin the illusion of a real mountain. When guests begin to climb the mountain, they can look all around their train to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in Walt Disney World. To the left of the train are Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and behind the train in the distance is the Magic Kingdom.
6. The Yeti
After reaching the top of the mountain, guests soon find themselves on a thrilling adventure twisting and turning in the dark. After watching the Yeti attempt to stop their escape by ripping up tracks, they soon find themselves face to face with the gigantic creature. The Yeti is an impressive twenty five feet tall and is sure to thrill even the bravest of guests.
7. Biggest Hidden Mickey
Expedition Everest is also home to the largest Hidden Mickey in all of Walt Disney World – but it can’t be found while in the parks! Guests who are at home or have smart phones can use a map to look at the aerial view of the attraction. There they can spot a classic Hidden Mickey formed by the loops of the train tracks!