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.
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.
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:
Expedition Everest is meant to be designed so that almost anyone can ride. The “scary” parts are chiefly illusionistic not actual physical challenges. The “drop” for example is designed to look steeper to riders than it actually is. Definitely worth a try, at least once. https://t.co/Hws9HKnJTw
— Joe Rohde (@Joe_Rohde) June 18, 2023
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.
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!