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Disney announces the reopening date for Expedition Everest

Calling all tea train travelers and adventurers! Disney has just announced the reopening date for the Expedition Everest attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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The thrilling Disney Guest-favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom atop Mt. Everest was recently closed for refurbishment and repairs in January 2022. Disney announced the planned closure, stating that the attraction would be unavailable to Guests until mid-April.

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Just recently, however, Disney World pulled back from its initial reopening date, and the exciting adventure aboard the tea trains in Asia looked like its closure would last on into May.

Today, however, the Walt Disney World Resort website shows that “Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain” has been added to Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance. The shown reads “April 16, 2022**.” It’s possible that after August 7, 2022, Expedition Everest could return to being an a la carte individual Lightning Lane attraction.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1998, but it would be eight years before the Expedition Everest experience was added to the attractions line-up at the park.

Soaring into the sky at 199.5 feet high, Disney’s Mount Everest is no match for the size of Mount Everest located in the Himalayas between Nepal and Tibet in Asia, the summit of which stands at an elevation of more than 29,000 feet. But Expedition Everest is the highest peak among the 18 “mountain attractions” located at Disney Parks around the world.

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The attraction was first announced on April 22, 2003, the fifth anniversary of the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. After years of planning and research on the part of Disney’s Imagineers, Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain opened to Guests on April 7, 2006. At that time, it was the first Disney coaster that moved both forward and backward and was the only thrill ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

RELATED: Disney extends closure of Expedition Everest attraction for continued refurbishment

Soaring into the sky at 199.5 feet high, Disney’s Mount Everest is no match for the size of Mount Everest located in the Himalayas between Nepal and Tibet in Asia, the summit of which stands at an elevation of more than 29,000 feet. But Expedition Everest is the highest peak among the 18 “mountain attractions” located at Disney Parks around the world.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!