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Expedition Everest - Animal Kingdom
This is Animal Kingdoms newest ride and as such is very popular. It is a Fastpass attraction so I would suggest you go and get your Fastpass as soon as you enter the Park.
There is a height restriction of 44 inches but some children over this height may still get scared on the ride.
On this ride you are transported to a distant world of exploration and the mythical village of Serka Zong. You see prayer flags, an ornamental monastery, intricately carved totems, and a garden of stone carvings of the yeti clutching the mountain. The yeti' s role is as protector of the sacred mountain.
Despite warnings, the owners of Himalayan Escapes Tour Company entice explorers to go on a rugged train journey to the mystical Everest.
You first stop at Norbu and Bob' s booking office to get your permits, and then you go to Tashi' s General Store and Bar for your supplies
Once you have gone through the entrance, you pass through an old tea warehouse that houses an elaborate museum run by Professor Pumba Dorjay who really believes in the yeti’s existence. The wonderful yeti museum shows Nepalese culture plus a history of the Himalayas and tales of the yeti. You will see pictures of Sherpas and others who have conquered the summit.
Then it is all aboard a 34-passenger industrial railway, which was once used to transport tea, and is now going to the foot of Mount Everest. Each train has 17 rows seating 2 persons each. Each seat has its own lap bar, which lowers like the one on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
You then go through thick bamboo forests and fern groves up the first hill through a fortress and the music as well as some sacred yeti totems warn you to turn back because of the dangers ahead. The train then goes over a rickety bridge into the mountain and dives into valleys before it climbs up through the snowy mountain top.
You are surprised when the train judders to a halt near a mass of twisted metal. The yeti in his temper has torn apart the track.
The fun begins as the runaway train moves both forward and backward through darkened mountain caves and icy canyons and you come face to face with the huge yeti- the abominable snowman.
Finally the train accelerates into a fog of spiral curves taking you down an 80-foot plummet to escape the wrath of the powerful yeti. This is a really high speed roller coaster and not for the faint hearted, if you like roller coasters you will love it but if you do not you will be scared!
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