Animal Kingdom Park has always gotten kind of a bum rap and been called a half day park. While I somewhat agree I do really like this park. There are lots of great places to just wander around and enjoy nature, but it was missing that big Ã¢â‚¬Å“must doÃ¢â‚¬Â attraction. As soon as I heard about an Everest attraction I was excited.
2006 seemed so far away when they first announced this new attraction, but it is finally here Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the big day when I got to ride Expedition Everest! I have been counting down the days for years now, checking out the construction each time I visited the park, and getting more excited every time I saw more completed!
Today I got to get in line with all of the other Passholders and DVC members and actually take the Expedition Everest challenge! It was well worth the wait!! I rode it 5 times! I love everything about this attraction. I really felt like I was right there in the Himalayan Mountains! The queue is huge and I know this will sound strange but I am sort of bummed that I got to walk through it all so fast. I am sure I will get plenty of chances to actually get to stand in line and enjoy all of the neat things to see in the queue once it opens to everyone else though. The ride itself is the best coaster I have ever ridden. I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t spoil it too much for you though. The ride is very smooth and you get some really cool views of the entire Disney World area. If you look behind you at one point you can see all the way to the Contemporary! It does go backwards and is in the dark for a bit but that is about as scary as it gets, oh and I almost forgot the Yeti! I am hoping that one night the Yeti might come down from his mountain and squish dino-rama for me. I hope no ones takes offense to this but that is the only part of Animal Kingdom that I do not like. Anyway enough about that Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Everest is a great attraction and I think it will be a must do for anyone over 44 inches! I know I am headed back tomorrow to conquer that mountain again!