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I am lucky that my parents have a house in Orlando and I have watched the mountain grow over two years. First it was a small base with scaffolding, then last summer a complete mountain which was brown in colour. On my visit this time it has snow!
I saw this ride previewed on the Disney Channel and it looked really good so I wanted to try it out as soon as possible. We went to Animal Kingdom in the first few weeks of Expedition Everest opening so the queues were horrendous – at some times in the day it was heading on for two hours! (I am sure this will get lower as the ride gets older). However, we got a fast past and whilst we waited for our turn we went on some other rides making our visit to Animal Kingdom enjoyable… and the tension of the wait make me grow even more!
When our time came to return to the ride we waited our turn walking through scenery which was themed items from Nepal and the Himalayas – a village, ornaments, stone carvings. There was hiking and mountaineering equipment and an office with old electrical equipment. (Mum said she had it in her office 10 years ago but it looked old fashioned to me!!!)
As we got closer to the train on which riders travel on I felt really excited – I was not scared at all. I couldn’t wait! By now I was dying to get onto the ride and couldn’t stand still for two minutes! My mum now was not sure she wanted to go on the ride. Some of the track that you could see looked really steep and scary to her but we made her go on!
At last! It was our turn…. I sat with my sister. We pulled away and went down a small slope and around and then went up quite high but didn’t come down too far and then up again even higher. There were great views across Animal Kingdom. Some of the ride is inside and other parts are outside with scenery to keep you interested, and include greenery, valleys and icy caves. At one point the track stopped - the Yeti had ripped it up…….. and then you go backwards and upwards. You turn again to face forwards and go down where you meet a roaring yeti before the ride finishes.
An older boy than me and my sister behind us before the ride saying he thought it was going to be easy but during the ride he kept shouting “Oh my gosh!”, “Oh my gosh!” “Aaagh” He was scared stiff!!! At the end of the ride he just said “Awsome”. “Fantastic” and he was quite right. I thought it was fantastically awesome too. A great rollercoaster ride which seemed to last quite some time.
I would definitely do it again and again…. And my mum? She came off Expedition Everest wanting to go straight back on as she thought it was just brilliant fun.
Abbie Taylor (age 12)
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