Today it was announced that Expedition Everest would be closed for refurbishment on January 4th, 2022. It will then remain closed for three months and open again in Mid-April. It is said that the refurbishment will be addressing the ride system, and there is no word of plans for repairs for the Yeti animatronic.
A little back story on Expedition Everest. It opened on April 7th, 2006 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It is 199 ft tall with a 80 foot drop and goes up to 50 miles per hour. The length of the ride is 2 minutes and 50 seconds and can have 2,500 riders per hour as long as it is operating correctly. In 2011 it got the Guinness World Record as the most expensive roller coaster in the world, costing a hundred million dollars, and it took three years of construction. It had the world record until 2019 when Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened at Universal Island of Adventure, which cost $300 million.
We wonder if they will pick up all the hair bands that have been thrown. This is an excellent ride for those who may not like going upside down but still, enjoy a good quality roller coaster. There’s enough adventure for those who want a thrill ride but enough for anyone who might not want something too extreme. You must be at least 44 inches tall to ride, so make sure to keep that in mind when bringing kids along. It will be disappointing if you’re traveling during those times, so keep that in mind when planning your Walt Disney World vacation. Remember it is not Cast Members fault if rides are closed so, please be kind to everyone.
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