Disney Roller Coaster Riders PANIC as Track Segment Vanishes Mid-Ride

Expedition Everest with crowd in front
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Roller coasters, like Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, are one of our favorite ways to chase an adrenaline rush.

The speed, the thrill of free falling, the fast and unpredictable turns – they’re just FUN! However, have you ever been on a coaster and had a momentary freakout, wondering, “What if something goes wrong?” Or “what if it’s broken?” That can quickly turn a fun ride into a terrifying time.

Expedition Everest

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Most of the time, coasters are entirely safe. They are regulated and tested and even just the physics of them make it hard for things to go seriously wrong. Occasionally, though, the worst can happen, and when that happens, it can get terrible very fast.

This happened not long ago at Carowinds in North Carolina when riders noticed a support beam crack in Fury 325 (which, for a time, held the record for the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster). Disney rarely has issues that big, and when they do, they are caught early and corrected.

That said… riders on Disney’s Expedition Everest got more than they bargained for.

Expedition Everest

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Expedition Everest is a steel roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The backstory is one of my favorites (and you know how I feel about backstories): Deep in the heart of Tibet, you can board a train to cross the towering Mount Everest.

Beware! Some say there is a vicious snow monster living on the mountain, protecting it from trespassers. Not far into your journey, you discover that the rumors are true!

You come to some tracks that have been mangled and have no choice but to turn back. You go soaring down the mountain to escape the abominable beast in a race to return to safety!

Disney's Expedition Everest roller coaster end of track

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This coaster is as thrilling as it sounds! Some guests got an even more exciting journey when they rode the coaster with part of the track missing!

The mangled track piece was removed, which we assume is for refurbishment. While this piece of track is decorative and not a part of the actual ride function, it does serve as a barrier of sorts and definitely serves as a psychological safety net when you can’t see how close to the edge you are. It isn’t nearly as scary.

The video below shows how terrifying the ride would be without the track piece. Guests thought they would fall off because the train, dangling high off the mountain, goes right up to the very edge of the track. There was no space whatsoever, and it was only that the brake system didn’t fail and that they didn’t plummet to their death. It takes a lot to scare us, but this looks terrifying.


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Despite the track piece being decorative, some guests were worried. If you’ve never ridden before, it would be easy to wonder if some fluke tragedy was about to occur.

Even those who have ridden before wondered if everything was OK due to the missing piece.

Have you ever experienced anything like this? Let us know in the comments.

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.

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