Disney Imagineer Behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom Opens Up About Classic Attraction

Expedition Everest
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When Animal Kingdom opened up in 1998, it wasn’t an instant hit. Guests saw the Disney Park as an unfinished project…and unfortunately, they weren’t wrong. The company had run out of money and was unable to create the theme park that had originally been promised for Walt Disney World Resort, so Animal Kingdom opened in its unfinished state.

As a result, the Disney Park garnered the reputation as a “half-day Park,” as in you only need to spend half the day there to experience everything.

tree of life walt disney world's animal kingdom

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Twenty-five years later and Animal Kingdom is no longer a half-day Park at all, in thanks due to its more prominent attractions such as Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

Expedition Everest is one of Walt Disney World Resort’s most remarkable attractions. This roller coaster ride is often credited as being the last Disney ride with a wholly original concept and no IP inspirations behind it.

first-person view of expedition everest ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

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But this attraction is also known for the fantastic work Walt Disney Imagineering did when constructing the roller coaster, as its use of illusion is one of the best in all of Walt Disney World.

In fact, the very Imagineer behind Animal Kingdom recently opened up about Expedition Everest on Twitter, revealing something all Guests will want to hear:

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In this Tweet, legendary Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde explains the science behind the attraction.

He reveals that Expedition Everest, like nearly all thrilling rides in Walt Disney World, is designed with all riders in mind, not just the thrill-seekers.

Expedition Everest Disco Yeti

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The next time you’re worried about careening down Mount Everest, think back to this Tweet, and you’ll feel your roller coaster anxiety melt away!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.