8 Cool Things About Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Walt Disney World

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks in Walt Disney World filled with attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more for guests to enjoy. The park is focused on the beauty and diversity of nature while striving to teach guests about the importance of conservation through informative but entertaining experiences. One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings guests into the Forbidden Mountain for a chance encounter with a mythical beast. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is located in the Asia section of the park and has guests board steam trains and set off on what is supposed to be a serene trip through the bypass of the mountains. Guests soon encounter a torn up piece of track and find themselves plummeting backwards through the mountain where they come face to face with the fabled Yeti. With plenty of thrilling twists, turns, drops, and scares, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is a favorite attraction of many guests and also features some pretty interesting facts and details. Here are eight totally cool things about Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


1. Special Tea —

As guests enter into the queue of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, they soon discover that they are passing through the offices of Himalayan Escapes – Tours and Expeditions. Each room of the queue showcases a different area of the company including a booking office, supply room, and more. While moving through the supply room, there are plenty of wonderful details that help to bring the setting to life including many food supplies. Guests who look closely in one cabinet can find an interesting blend of tea labeled Ye-Tea!

2. A Bear Hidden Mickey —

Further through the queue of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, guests enter into a museum dedicated to the myth and legend of the Yeti. The museum is not associated with the Himalayan Escapes – Tours and Expeditions, but is rather run by a third party who insists that the legend is real. One display case in the museum aims to interpret the findings of proof about the Yeti’s existence. In that case is a photograph of a bear whose ears seem to be slightly rounder than usual forming a classic Hidden Mickey!

3. Teapot Hidden Mickey —

Also in the museum is an exhibit that showcases a lost expedition. The display showcases ripped tents, damaged medical supplies, broken lanterns, and some fairly terrifying photographs that hint at the presence of the Yeti. Among the debris recovered is a kettle that has a large dent in the side of it. Guests who look closely will notice that the dent in the kettle forms a classic Hidden Mickey! The easiest way to spot it is by searching first for the ears.


4. Hidden Sorcerer Mickey —

One of the most difficult to spot Hidden Mickeys throughout Walt Disney World can also be found in the queue of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. In the final portion of the queue just past the museum and before emerging onto the loading platform, there are a series of photographs of team members who are employed by Himalayan Escapes – Tours and Expeditions. Each photo is accompanied by a description of what that individual does along the journey to the top of the mountain, and helps guests learn about actual mountaineering before embarking on their adventure. One of the photos features a base camp manager who can be seen wearing a bandana and blue shirt while talking on a walkie-talkie. To the left of the woman’s face are two circular markings in the wood which form the ears of a Hidden Sorcerer Mickey.

5. Guests’ Reviews —

Just past the final photos of the employees are three display screen which showcase advertisements for the Himalayan Escapes -Tours and Expeditions Company. The screens change out every few minutes, but also always feature a review shared through a happy customer’s quote. Guests who are passing by these screens should always look to see if their name appears attached to a quote! Special Disney technology registers guests’ Magic Bands and links their name up on the screens to give them an in depth experience!

6. Largest Hidden Mickey —

The largest Hidden Mickey in all of Walt Disney World can be found on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, but it can’t actually be seen from the attraction itself. Guests who pull up an image of Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Google Maps and zoom in on the attraction will notice that it forms a massive Hidden Mickey! The mountain itself is Mickey’s head and two loops of track form the ears.

7. Stunning View —

Once on board Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, guests proceed through several serene loops before beginning to ascend a massive lift hill. After passing through the temple about halfway up, guests should look all around them for one of the best views in Walt Disney World. To the right hand side guests can take in a great vantage of all of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and to the left are Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests who look behind them to the right can see as far as the Magic Kingdom!

8. Single Rider Line —

One of the best details about Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is its extra line option for guests. The attraction features a regular standby line as well as a FastPass line in addition to a third option. The Single Rider Line can be found to the right hand side of the entrance by the doorway into Serka Zong Bazaar. Guests who opt to use the Single Ride Line can enjoy the same experience on the attraction with a typically much lower wait time so long as their party does not mind being split up at the loading area.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.