Iconic Disney Park Attraction Is Unexpectedly Closed

Disney's Expedition Everest
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The iconic attraction, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, is unexpectedly closed.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park Entrance
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Walt Disney World Resort is home to four stunning theme parks, including Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Additionally, Guests will find two Water Parks, including the currently closed for refurbishment Typhoon Lagoon and weather permitting Blizzard Beach.

When Guests visit any one of these Parks, they tend to have their top must-dos in mind well before entering the Disney Park. Unfortunately, for some Guests, disappointment is inevitable on February 13, 2023, with a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The fan-favorite roller coaster attraction, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, is currently closed to Park Guests.

Expedition Everest
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The roller coaster is known for its extreme popularity as it offers Park Guests a chance to “Careen through icy Himalayan peaks on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Yeti.”

On Monday, February 13, 2023, the day after Super Bowl Sunday, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened bright and early at 9:00 am (or 8:30 am with Early Entry for Disney Resort Guests). Hours after the Park’s official opening, the My Disney Experience App shows Expedition Everest, located in the Asia portion of the Park, is listed as “temporarily closed.”

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Unfortunately, this means longer wait times on other popular attractions such as Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Plus, if Guests decide to purchase Disney Genie+, which is listed for $20 per person today, Guests will feel a lack of value as Expedition Everest is one of the top picks for the Disney Genie+ line-skipping perk.

Why the closure? Disney has yet to release a reason why the Yeti isn’t welcoming Guests to his mountain. With Disney’s Animal Kingdom closing at 7:00 pm today, February 13, 2023, it’s still unknown if the attraction will remain closed throughout the day or will open to Guests after the reason for its temporary closure is fixed.

Expedition Everest
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As always, we will keep Disney Dining readers updated as we learn more about this unexpected closure of Disney’s Expedition Everest attraction.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.