9) You SHOULD reserve Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is full to the brim with artifacts, articles of clothing, relics and other tangibles from Asia and Africa. It is also home to many legends from the past, especially the legend of the Yeti in the Himalayas in Asia. And Disney Imagineers intertwined their understanding of Tibetan and Nepalese culture with their imagination and created a backstory for the Expedition Everest attraction. Legend has it that a fierce monster guards the Forbidden Mountain. Years and years ago, the Royal Anandapur Tea Company began shipping tea by rail through the Forbidden Mountain pass. But over time, several accidents occurred, and villagers began to fear that the accidents were the work of the Yeti monster—known to some as the Abominable Snowman. Because of this, the railroad closed and tea was no longer shipped through the pass. But today, the railway has reopened, and tours of the Forbidden Mountain are offered by a local group of entrepreneurs. Whether there’s any truth to the stories of the Yeti and whether he still roams the mountains in search of those who traverse them against his will remains to be seen. Only those brave enough to board the trains will ever really know.
And it would seem that Disney World fans are very brave—hundreds of thousands of them face the possibly brutal and fearful train ride through Mount Everest’s Forbidden Pass. Many of them come back with tales of the Yeti. They say he’s huge. They say he’s a fearsome force to be reckoned with. But if you want to find out for yourself, you’ll need a FastPass+ time for Expedition Everest. That’s because it’s just as popular with Guests as it was when it first opened on April 7, 2006 and stand-by waits can exceed 90 to 110 minutes during peak season!