Disney’s Expedition Everest Now Closed Indefinitely

Expedition Everest has been off the map now at Walt Disney World for a few months, disappointing fans of the unique Disney thrill ride.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is one of Disney World’s most popular roller coasters, offering iconic theming, thrilling surprises, and a famous Yeti. The attraction is, however, currently undergoing refurbishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, leaving Guests to focus their day on experiences such as KiteTails, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Avatar: Flight of Passage.

Now, with news that will further frustrate Walt Disney World Resort Guests, Disney has again extended the refurbishment of the Expedition Everest ride.


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The Animal Kingdom coaster is one of Disney’s most thrilling rides and has become synonymous with backward screams, hair ties, and the infamous “Disco Yeti”.

One of Disney’s Individual Lightning Lane experiences, Expedition Everest has been sorely missed since it closed for refurbishment on January 4, 2022. Now, over 3 months later, there appears to be no end in sight for the Mount Everest coaster’s closure.

Previously, the Walt Disney World website for the attraction had claimed that Expedition Everest would be closed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom through mid-April, but that language was removed from the website today, April 8 – now leaving the refurbishment timeframe open-ended.

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So, let’s look at the timeline here. Disney revealed back in 2021 to Guests that the attraction would be closing for refurbishment on January 4. The Walt Disney World website stated, “From January 4 through mid-April 2022, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be closed for refurbishment.”

In February, the Walt Disney World Resort refurbishment calendar was updated to include Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, noting it would now be closed for refurbishment through April 30, 2022.

And today, the April timeframe has been removed completely. We’ve not been given any indication as to why the refurb has been extended but keep up to date with Disney Tips for all information regarding Everest’s future.


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Many Guests are suspecting that Disney is fixing “Disco Yeti”, but we’ve had no reason to believe this is the case. The refurbishment appears to be more operational-based.

The Disney Park Yeti is an impressive twenty-five-foot-tall animatronic in the roller coaster, that only a few months after the attraction debuted in 2006 was left in an eternal motionless state, called “B Mode.” Disney Imagineers have installed strobe lights to give the Himalayan beast the illusion of movement, but Disney World Guests continue to wonder if the Yeti will ever be “fixed”. The strobe lighting has given Yeti’s adopted Disney Park nickname, “Disco Yeti”.

At Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks, there is no structure taller than Expedition Everest. The Animal Kingdom attraction stands at 199.5 feet tall, only slightly higher than the Tower of Terror at 199 feet and the iconic Cinderella Castle at 189 feet.

We’ll keep you updated on future details regarding Expedition Everest’s closure and its eagerly-awaiting return date.

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who loves to enjoy Disney's theme parks with a Mickey Premium Bar in hand! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her Air Force pilot husband. Find her children's book at @thebearandthehug_book