It’s the Final Day to Ride Expedition Everest

Today, January 3, is the final day to ride Expedition Everest, at least for a while. The popular coaster is about to undergo refurbishment. It is expected to reopen in the middle of April, but the exact date has not been given.

Screenshot from the My Disney Experience App

Many fans are getting in one last ride before it closes. As you can see in the screenshot above, Guests have been experiencing a Wait Time of over 60 minutes. The next available return time for Disney Genie+ was hours away.

Before the holidays, Expedition Everest was an Individual Lightning Lane Attraction. Walt Disney World moved one Individual Lightning Lane attraction in each Park to Disney Genie+ for the holiday season, through January 3. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the ride has been Expedition Everest.

Related: Four Walt Disney World Popular Attractions Will be on Disney Genie+ but Only for a Limited Time

Some roller coaster enthusiasts state that Expedition Everest is the best coaster at Walt Disney World. There are no inversions, but the ride does reach a speed of around 50 miles per hour. The story adds to the excitement.

Here’s the description of Expedition Everest, from the Walt Disney World website:

Yeti or Not, Here He Comes!

Wander into a Tibetan village at the base of Mount Everest and board a train to the “top of the world.” Beware: Some say a legendary snow monster lives deep in the mountain.

After a steep ascent, your train picks up speed and races into the darkness. Without warning, a broken and twisted track appears in front of you. Brace yourself as you plummet backward into total darkness. Inside the cavern, the mythical tale comes true as you see the shadow of a massive, growling beast!

Race to escape the cursed mountain—before the Yeti claims another expedition.

A Word of Warning

Some parts of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain may be scary for children. This attraction features loud noises, fast drops, high speeds, dark places and frightening creature effects.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.